Alex Cora made the right moves when Red Sox needed it most

Alex Cora made the right moves when Red Sox needed it most

With the home crowd behind him once again, Severino needs to control the strike zone early, and perhaps get a few more calls on the outside of the plate, than he did against Oakland - to keep his pitch count down.

This wasn't the landmark American League Championship Series of 14 years ago.

The Yankees' high-powered offense, which set a big league record for homers in the regular season, smashed three more massive blasts Saturday night, with right fielder Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez victimizing Price, and a second shot by Sanchez - a three-run homer off left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, which traveled a staggering 479 feet - breaking the game open in the seventh. On Monday they were 2-for-4 against the righty and 8-for-17 on the night, including the first cycle in postseason history, authored by-of course-Holt.

Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS.

"I don't know where he got that, but I didn't say [anything] about [being] hurt", Severino said.

With Luis Severino scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS, there's nothing like a bit of gossip surrounding the Yankees ace to get the juices flowing. "It was a good night".

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With Porcello pitching two-thirds of an inning, the Red Sox were forced to make a decision. Severino retired just nine batters, Lynn was hooked after facing just four men in relief and Nathan Eovaldi was left to cut through the unsafe NY lineup with a comfortable cushion.

"Obviously this is my first, but I'm excited", Eovaldi said. I was trying to hit a home run. Lynn walked Mookie Betts on four pitches to force in a run, then served up a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi, pushing the lead to 7-0. Yankees manager Joe Torre gave him the baseball for Game 1 of the first postseason contest ever against the rival Red Sox, and after a shaky start - Boston scored two in the first (a fielding error with no outs fueled the rally) and one more in the second - Hernandez shut out the Red Sox in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings on just three more hits. In Game 7, Ortiz crushed a two-run homer in the first inning off Kevin Brown, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in a game they would never trail and eventually won 10-3.

"The good thing around today is it's one game", Boone said. "We need to win tonight, and that way we can be ready to go for Game 4".

Game 3? That would belong to Angel Hernandez. Then three more scored against Lynn, and another one came against Chad Green.

"It was a special moment for me", Eovaldi said.

"I think from pitch 1, we let them know that we were here", Cora said. He ended Game 4 with a two-run home run in the 12th inning. His one-out performance as the starter in last year's Wild Card game was one of the worst outings in playoff history.

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