In response to Judge, the Red Sox played Frank Sinatra's classic hit in their clubhouse Tuesday night. The final out, a lovely bang-bang play at first base on a Gleyber Torres slow roller, had to be confirmed by replay, because of course it did.
The Red Sox advance to the AL Championship Series, where they will host Houston Astros in Game 1 on Friday. It's also a rematch of last year's ALDS matchup, which the Astros won in four games.
The aggressive manner in which Boone managed that victory was near-perfect, and instructive: driven by the do-or-die stakes, he pulled Severino at the first sign of trouble in the fifth, and used only his most reliable and dominant relievers in guiding home a 7-2 win.
Over the three starts he's had against Boston in 2018, he has a 1.41 ERA as he's allowed just three runs on 14 hits in 19.2 innings of work.
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In possibly his final start of a 10-year run with the Yankees, Sabathia allowed three runs on five hits in three innings.
"My only criticism after we interviewed him, I went back to Dave (Dombrowski) and I said, 'Dave, he's a little confident". The latest was a five-out cameo in Game 2 against the Yankees in which he gave up homers to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. He uses Christian Vazquez at catcher, despite the fact he hadn't caught Porcello all year, and Vazquez sneaks a flyball over the wall in left against Zach Britton - his first homer since June 26 - to extend the Boston lead to 4-0. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated.
Luis Severino said he wasn't rushed as he went through what he considered a normal pregame warm-up routine prior to his start against the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. "I think the connection that our players and our fans have is a special one, and now you put it in the postseason, and you bring the Red Sox, a rival who was a great team this season, and I think it's going to be electric". The 2016 AL Cy Young Award victor entered with a 0-3 in 12 previous postseason appearances, which included four starts. 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.
New York, which scored its lone run on a groundout by Didi Gregorius in the fourth, saw its seven-game home postseason streak snapped. Sabathia finally got out of the inning by inducing a ground out from Jackie Bradley, Jr. He grabbed at his hamstring between third and home while scoring on Ian Kinsler's seventh-inning double Saturday night and was replaced at first base by Pearce in the eighth.
A night after three of his calls at first base were reversed on video reviews, Angel Hernandez called balls and strikes.