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Red Sox eliminate rival Yankees, advance to ALCS

12 October 2018

As it was, the Yankees appeared to have little fight left after the interminable, deflating fourth inning, though a large part of that could be attributed to Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, who carved up their vaunted lineup for seven dominating innings with a fastball that topped out at 101 miles per hour and an assortment of secondary pitches. We'll have to rely on each other in this trying time. He allowed two runs by hitting Neil Walker in the foot and allowing a sacrifice fly to Gary Sanchez to deep left but escaped by retiring Gleyber Torres.

"I do feel with that adjustment he'll be back to the guy that pitched in the middle of the summer and he is going to dominant and be a huge part of what we do", he said.

"An embarrassing day", shortstop Didi Gregorius said.

Given the circumstances, Yankees manager Aaron Boone probably should've had a reliever warming up after Sabathia hit Benintendi and certainly after Pearce singled. "I hit it well, but I got under it".

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Porcello said he had never been that nervous in a game before. "They're one of the most potent offences in the game and it was a battle back and forth". "I think our bullpen did a fine job during the postseason".

It was clear from the end of the second inning - maybe even the first - that Severino did not have it when he took the mound to face the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS. "So I'm not going to go out there and compete if I'm not healthy".

Stanton also heard it from the Stadium crowd after his grounder to short ended the sixth. He knows stuff. He got the usual sports-radio yelping for deciding to start Ian Kinsler at second base over Game 3 cyclist Brock Holt, a choice that at the very least was defensible given that Sabathia held lefties to a.180/.339/.230 slash line this year.

As any New York Mets fan (including this author) can attest, Angel Hernandez has been the worst umpire in baseball since just about forever.

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This might be it for CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner in Yankees uniforms. "Watching from afar a year ago, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw, intense connection that the fan base had with the players, and that created a lot of buzz going into the winter obviously".

So while the Red Sox roll on seeking their fourth World Series title in 15 years, the Yankees own but one pennant and championship during that span (2009).

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.

"I mean, we always play well here at home", Game 3 starter Luis Severino said. "Both games in Boston were good games, but we come here to win".

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Red Sox eliminate rival Yankees, advance to ALCS