Brief but intense Yankees-Red Sox postseason rivalry has produced many heroes

BOSTON MA.- OCTOBER 3 Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt bunts as the Red Sox practice prior to the ALDS at Fenway Park

Maybe using final game results does no justice to swings of momentum inside the games themselves, and maybe the Yanks' win over the Red Sox on Saturday indicates a continuation of the momentum the NY club achieved by beating up on the Boston bullpen in the late innings of Friday's loss.

Manager Alex Cora has not decided whether Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 after Porcello appeared out of the bullpen in Game 1. Jason Varitek led off the eighth with a home run off Hernandez and Nomar Garciaparra followed with a double to force Torre to go to his bullpen, but four relievers combined to shut down Boston and give the Yankees the victory and the trip to the World Series. "That's kind of what we've been waiting for to some degree, where he can take over a game on offense".

Price gave up three runs on three hits, including two home runs, and recorded only five outs before he was pulled from the game to a chorus of boos in the second inning.

The ovation came as Price jogged from the Red Sox's dugout to the third-base line, when he announced as one of the game's reserves.

Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks hopes to be back in the lineup after missing Game 2 because of right hamstring tightness, but Boone said it was unclear if the leg might need another day to deal.

Game 5 would be back in Boston on Thursday, if necessary.

Price dropped to 2-9 lifetime in the postseason.

The Yankees' offensive barrage also included a home run from Aaron Judge in the top of the first ("I mean, everybody knows that Judge has way more power than me", Sanchez joked after the game). "The pitch to Sanchez down and away, you look at the box and he dotted it".

"I think that's a great question, but if you ask him, he'll pitch today", Cora said. "That's what happens when you miss it right in the middle of the plate". But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox. "You get an opportunity to have the ball in Yankee Stadium, Game 4, this is the culmination of the entire season leads up to your opportunities in the postseason". But I know I'm more than capable of winning games as a starter in October. "If you hear that from Yankees staff or something like that, maybe you can believe it, but I don't know where you get that from". But a homer is a homer. "So I'm definitely looking forward to that and giving us a chance to win".

With his two-home run night, Sanchez joined Yogi Berra as the only other Yankees catcher to hit multiple homers in a playoff game.

The AL East rivals have an off day on Sunday, but will pick up the series again when it shifts to NY on Monday. "And I have confidence in myself". "That's it", Cora said, via Christopher Smith of MassLive. "It's an honor to me". The six-pack ties Jose Bautista for the most any batter has hit off of the 33-year-old starter. Eleven days later, NY won its 22nd World Series title.

Regardless of the numbers, though, it's up to Eovaldi to execute - and going back to the thought of series placement, this is his first postseason start, so it's important to avoid a situation like Severino found himself in during last year's AL Wild Card Game, which was his first postseason start.

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