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Yankees look to save season after Game 3 embarrassment

Yankees ace Luis Severino not seeing eye to eye with Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees 10/8/18, Prediction & Odds
Cary Erickson | 10 October, 2018, 07:26

(It was, but you know what I mean.) If Sabathia can get the Yankees through the lineup twice, great.

Benintendi had a 2-for-3 night with three RBIs, two runs scored and two walks for the Red Sox.

And there was no sign of panic when Eovaldi slipped on the wet mound and missed a chance at an easy out to start the fourth inning.

The New York Yankees evened their series against the rival Boston Red Sox two nights ago with a road victory.

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.

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland sat out after leaving Game 2 when he hurt his right hamstring running the bases.

Boston scored its initial run on a groundout by Christian Vazquez in the bottom of the second inning.

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Another potential Yankees target is Brock Holt, who completed the first cycle in postseason history when he hit a ninth-inning home run off Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine in extreme mop-up duty.

"The first game didn't go our way, but we kept battling, and (Saturday), we started good and then we played good the whole game", Didi Gregorius said. He is 38 years old and he wants to come back and pitch again next year for a 19 season. He added, "You got to be smart". They take a lot of pitches. They do a good job of it. "Hopefully, we can go out there and give them reason to keep building as the game unfolds". And he very well might do okay.

Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS. (This was Manny being Manny, only Mookie). Or New York's, Lance Lynn, coming in as a reliever and throwing three straight balls to Betts and then start stomping and scratching at the dirt at the front of the mound, rather like a cat in his litter box trying to cover up what he'd just done. It never really works. The stolen base, in particular, was laughable in that it actually offended anyone.

The part-time utilityman put the finishing touch on a Red Sox blowout, becoming the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game as Boston routed the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday to seize a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series. Of course this human error doesn't really matter to the outcome, beyond prolonging the Yankees agony. He's going to be the home plate umpire tomorrow night in Game 4.

The Yankees must win both Game 4 and Game 5 in order to advance to meet the Astros in the ALCS.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone only has two games of Stadium postseason experience to draw on himself - this year's Wild Card Game as the manager, and last year's as a broadcaster - but he knows those two games against the Twins and Athletics will be nothing compared to the next two nights. As Boston starter Rick Porcello, said, wielding a cliché as expertly as one of his go-to sliders: "This is what it's all about".