Alex Cora made the right moves when Red Sox needed it most

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino answers questions during a news conference Sunday Oct. 7 2018 in New York. The Yankees will play against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Monday. (AP

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The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on September 27.

The other shoe dropped again Monday night, and the Red Sox took advantage, pushing the Yankees to the brink of elimination. That's the only way you can get back into the count because they're disciplined and they don't chase a lot. "It's kind of cat and mouse going back and forth, but we knew what our game plan was". You could definitely make the argument that Boston is lucky that it lost only one of the first two games, but that's just spilled milk. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated. But the Red Sox now sit one win from reaching that next round of the playoffs after a stunning display on Monday night.

Three runs were charged to Lance Lynn, who retired just one batter.

"I think from pitch 1, we let them know that we were here", Cora said. The 2015 All-Star also doubled home a run in the eighth and finished with five RBIs. "We felt the matchup was good for him".

With four more years and $127 million left on Price contract, there is plenty of time to debate whether his acute postseason woes are some sort of character flaw, such as a sheer inability to handle the pressure, or a random fluke of statistics and small sample sizes. Eovaldi has had success against NY this season since being acquired by Boston, going 1-0 in three starts with a 0.00 ERA.

"I felt like my fastball command and cutter were really effective tonight", Eovaldi said.

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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.

"It was a special moment for me", Eovaldi said. If that wasn't bad enough, Boone waited until the bases were loaded without an out to call on the bullpen and then turned to a long-reliever instead of a dominant arm that was needed to get out of the mess.

"For a game like this, you have to remember what time it is", Severino said. According to Darling, Severino did not realize the starting time for the game and only started warming up eight minutes before the game. Ortiz hit.545 in the ALDS sweep of the Angels, including a walk-off homer in Game 3. Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth. In 24 appearances and 23 starts against the Yankees, including the postseason, he is 10-9 with a 3.22 ERA.

In their long and storied histories as iconic franchises in Major League Baseball, the Yankees and Red Sox have squared off against each other 2,215 times.

Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks remained out of the lineup after missing Game 2 with tightness in his right hamstring, which forced him from the series opener Friday.

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