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

"A little bit different than the regular season in that it could be three or four, but I'm still open to it being eight innings". At Fenway Park, however, he is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA.

-The Yankees seem to expect Hicks to be ready Monday night, but even if he's not, Boone says this is not likely an issue big enough for the Yankees to replace Hicks on the roster, a move that would also knock him out for the ALCS: "At worst, I feel like it's a day-to-day situation".

The teams have Sunday off before resuming the series in NY on Monday night.

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

Luis Severino is expected to start for the Yankees.

Alex Cora shook up his lineup, too. Judge hit a leadoff single out to first base, then advanced to third on a walk from Voit and a force out from Stanton.

Unfortunately for the 108-win Sox, the pressure cooker that is playoff baseball was limited for all of one batter, as Aaron Judge hit a 445-foot homer over the Green Moster in left-center to give NY a quick 1-0 lead.

It simply wasn't the way David Price wanted to start the 2018 playoffs.

Cora's rather simplistic handicapping of his team's chances to win the series was as elementary as it comes.

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"I watched pretty much all the games", the Yankees manager said.

Gary Sanchez homered twice, a solo shot off Price and a three-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh inning. No one saw it land as the belt easily cleared the Green Monster in left field and was clocked at 479 feet. He popped 31 homers for Boston in 2003 and followed that up with a 41-homer, 139-RBI, 145-OPS+ season in 2004 (he finished fourth in the AL MVP voting, which was announced after the postseason). Judge's homer was hit 2 feet farther than the one Giancarlo Stanton had in Wednesday's wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.

Between home runs, Sanchez got into a spat with Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier over Sanchez's repeated attempts at stepping out of the batter's box during his fifth-inning at-bat.

In their long and storied histories as iconic franchises in Major League Baseball, the Yankees and Red Sox have squared off against each other 2,215 times. The 24-year-old was effectively wild, giving up two hits, four walks and striking out seven in four scoreless innings.

Amazingly, Price now owns an 0-9 record and a 6.03 ERA over 10 postseason starts, though his ongoing struggles on the game's biggest stage won't lead the Red Sox to pull him from their rotation.

It was Happ's first loss since July 12 back when he was still with the Jays.

Kinsler went 1-for-4 in each of the first two games, while Moreland tweaked his hamstring in Saturday's game.

With a 6-1 lead behind them, the Yankees cruised through the remaining three innings. I've certainly been guilty of it myself, and anyone eager to prove me a waffling fool upon reading this post could dig up countless examples of this author stating - in print, online, in radio interviews, in real-life conversations - that playoff wins like the Yankees' series-evening victory in Boston on Saturday might represent some greater change in the course of the series.

In varying levels of prominence throughout these playoffs, teams who were dealt by the Jays at the deadline are at least involved.

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