Red Sox hold off Yankees to advance to ALCS

The Boston Red Sox were routing the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series when the ninth inning rolled around

The Boston Red Sox were routing the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series when the ninth inning rolled around

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox may have the most heated rivalry in baseball, but that won't prevent Mookie Betts from showing some common courtesy. Boston did so with class, pure joy and a hint of pettiness.

Or do you let him go as long as he can to avoid the Yankees coming back like they almost did in Game 1? "This is going to be a little crazier for this Boston game, for sure". And besides his stellar performance defensively in the ninth, Vazquez hit his first homer since June in the fourth, putting the Sox up 4-0.

"I don't know who that guy is, either". Now he's a rookie manager, leading a group of Baby Bombers that reached Game 7 of the AL Championship Series previous year before losing to Houston.

"I'm not going out there trying to do that", Kimbrel said.

"With Christian, we feel like offensively he can do a few things in the bottom of the lineup that can help us win a ballgame", Cora said. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a ideal inning each to protect a 4-1 lead, and Red Sox ace Chris Sale followed with a 1-2-3 eighth in a rare relief appearance. Perhaps most surprisingly, he gave Vazquez a second straight start behind the plate instead of Sandy Leon, even thoughVazquez hadn't caught Porcello all season. Don't know about you, but after this, my nerves will be ready for another Red Sox-Yankees series in, oh, about 14 years. The Yankees traded for Boone at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, sending Branden Claussen and Charlie Manning and a bit of cash to Cincinnati, and Boone was good not great in the season's final two months.

Catcher Gary Sanchez dropped a pitch on a stolen base that set up Boston's first run.

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Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland had what Cora called aggressive treatment on his right hamstring, which forced him from Game 2. "That's it", Price said after his ALDS start.

Red Sox: Porcello (17-7, 4.28 ERA) got two late outs in relief during the series opener last Friday, so his start was pushed back a day to Game 4. The win over Oakland in last week's wild-card game improved NY to 7-0 at home in the postseason since the start of the 2017 playoffs. Sabathia wouldn't offer any specifics on his beef with Hernandez on Tuesday, but the two chatted after the first inning as the left-hander departed the mound.

"We played a really hard season, we managed to win 100 games and then we get to this point and we just can't finish off a series against the Red Sox".

Or did they want to keep it as is seeing he only threw 15 pitches and risk it in their biggest game of the year?

It wasn't pretty, but the Red Sox bullpen twice held on against the most home-run happy team to grace the regular season in major league history.

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