Judge blares ‘New York, New York,’ as Red Sox head to Bronx

Hope Soto
October 14, 2018

From the beginning, he told us how good we can be, and we obviously knew that, but we believed him.

If the Red Sox lose the third game, then they will be staring elimination in the face for the next one and they would have to make a tough decision. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said later in the day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face.

Vazquez will replace Sandy Leon behind the bag to catch Nathan Eovaldi and bat eighth versus Yankees right-hander Luis Severino in his first appearance of the series.

For Tuesday night's Game 4 of the ALDS, Hernandez will be behind home plate with CC Sabathia on the mound for NY.

Given the circumstances, Yankees manager Aaron Boone probably should've had a reliever warming up after Sabathia hit Benintendi and certainly after Pearce singled.

The Yanks, meanwhile, allowed seven inherited runners to score, five of them in that Game 3 slopfest.

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Boston knocked New York's starting pitcher out early, widened its lead against a converted member of the rotation working out of the bullpen and left the proud denizens of the Bronx generally silent in the late innings. They were outscored 20-4 as the AL East champs took the best-of-five series 3-1 and advanced to the ALCS against defending World Series champion Houston. Aaron Hicks missed a home run by about 4 feet on a foul drive down the right-field line, worked the count full, then popped out to Kinsler to backpedaled from second to short right field. A huge strikeout of Giancarlo Stanton - whom the Red Sox did not allow to homer in the series - in the inning helped Kimbrel escape trouble, and the game ended on a great play from Eduardo Nunez at third base, plus a stretch from Steve Pearce at first base. The Yankees, who set a major league record with 267 homers this season, were held without one for the first time in four games this postseason, falling to 10-22 in 2018, regular and postseason combined, when failing to homer. By the time the inning was over, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead they never relinquished.

Their ace got booed off the mound, loudly.

However, both Boone and Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the situation was being overblown. "I think he knew he was ready for this job".

"We'll use him however we need him", Cora said.

Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents. CC Sabathia (9-7, 3.65 ERA), 8:07 p.m. ET, TBS and ESPN Radio.

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