Sweep of Yankees shows Red Sox can do 'damage,' too


"Everybody knew how big this series was", Benintendi said. We came in and did what we wanted to do.

"This is a weekend we'll look back on and hopefully be able to say, 'This is one that brought us together and allowed us to really grow even more as a club, '" Boone said. Boston will have a lot of pressure to win it all this postseason and it is quite possible they will face the New York Yankees in the ALDS and the Houston Astros would face the Cleveland Indians. Boston also did it in September 1969, June 1990 and September 2016. Considering Boston entered Sunday with 34 losses, that outcome is. well, improbable. One night after Rick Porcello threw an 86-pitch, one-hit complete game, Eovaldi shut out the Yankees on three hits in sending them to their season-high fourth straight loss.

As SNY warns, "The time is now for the Yankees to make their push, especially with a tougher September in the future".

The culmination of this magical performance came in the 10as Benintendi chopped an RBI single up the middle sending pinch runner Tony Renda home.

Matt Barnes (4-3) worked a ideal inning in the top of the 10th. "And once the pain goes away with certain movements, you can keep progressing.' It's kind of based on how I feel every day".

"It definitely got emotional, but I think more than anything it probably fired us up and might have got us locked in", Porcello said.

J.D. Martinez is 7-for-14 with three home runs and new Boston hero Steve Pearce 5-for-15 with two homers against Tanaka, but Jackie Bradley Jr.is 5-for-30, Eduardo Nunez 3-for-15, Mookie Betts 8-for-36 and Brock Holt 6-for-25.

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With the lead at 9.5 games and the Red Sox projected to win well over 100 games, the AL East appears to be all but decided.

Playing on a attractive mid-summer night with a sellout crowd amped from the opening pitch, Price and Masahiro Tanaka were locked in a scoreless duel before Betts hit a hanging cutter completely out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster in the fifth. The Yankees loaded the bases on walks to Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres but the game ended when Greg Bird flew out.

NY demoted Sonny Gray to the bullpen after his loss Wednesday to Baltimore and replaced him in the rotation with newly acquired Lance Lynn, who pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief against the Orioles.

"He is who we thought he was", Boston manager Alex Cora said. If so, and the Yankees end up facing the Red Sox in the AL Division Series, his answer to any questions before that series ought to be, "My crystal ball was shattered in August...no further comment". SS Xander Bogaerts returned to the starting lineup for the first time since he was hit on the hand with a pitch on Tuesday.

This Yankees team survived the wild-card round a year ago and came within a game of the World Series.

With Aaron Judge recovering from a wrist injury and Gary Sanchez's heinous season put on hold for a quick trip to the disabled list as well, New York's offense has looked pedestrian at times.

Boone can get Didi Gregorius and other everyday players the rest he has been trying to give them.