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Yankees ace Luis Severino not seeing eye to eye with Pedro Martinez

10 October 2018

Brock Holt logged the first cycle in postseason history, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday in Boston.

With the season on the line tonight, Boone cannot let Sabathia go through the lineup a third time unless the Yankees have a huge lead. "I know he's swinging the bat well and I know what he did yesterday, but this is a different game and we feel this is the best lineup that we have to go against him and they understand that". Now we just moan indignantly about Hernandez and ponder what he might do in Game 4-when he will be the umpire behind home plate.

Home-field advantage is a thing in so many ways in an age where teams are tailored to the park they play 81 games in, but Yankee Stadium clearly has another one in the crowd, which has been nothing less than deafening for every postseason pitch over the last two Octobers. I'm sure that'll go well and not have one hint of controversy.

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Holt's homer helped the Red Sox post the biggest rout of the Yankees in postseason play, surpassing Arizona's 15-2 pasting in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series. Like I always say, I care about my arm and being healthy. Obviously, you don't expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to. Severino was pulled with no outs in the fourth inning after he allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks. "I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me". Furthermore, the Red Sox are really good, and Sabathia has a significant third time through the order penalty. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series?

Now the Red Sox know Chris Sale isn't their only starter who can shine under the October lights.

The Yankees lead the all-time series against the Astros with a 32-24 record, although the Astros have eliminated the Yanks from the postseason both times the teams have met - once in the 2015 American League Wild Card Game and again last season in the ALCS. But for the people in's just like, 'Yeah, there's a reason we're doing this and that's what matters.' I get it. It was easily the best start by a Sox pitcher in a playoff game since 2013. Mitch Moreland was 1-for-3 and scored a run.

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TBS reported Severino began warming up only 10 minutes before the game, and he certainly looked out of sorts from the start in misty weather. Holt became the first player in postseason history to hit for the cycle.

Prior to the game, Red Sox manager Alex Cora went into a bit more detail on the rationale behind the move.

Boston first baseman Steve Pearce stretched for an outstanding catch that nipped Torres. In four starts against the Yankees this season, he's 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA and 0.64 WHIP.

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Apropos of nothing in this realm, perhaps, but credit that connection, in Boone's mind, for Yankee Stadium's average attendance being up more than 4,000 fans per game this year, and the turnstile total over the whole season ranking second in Major League Baseball.

Yankees ace Luis Severino not seeing eye to eye with Pedro Martinez