Hardly seems possible, right? As with the Yankees, Houston hosted the Red Sox for a four-game series at Minute Maid Park, and then visited Fenway Park for a three-game set. Don't get me going on Angel now. That makes a huge difference, knowing that you're going to be in the game.
The Astros went 2-5 against the Yankees this season. "It's been an unbelievable atmosphere when we play here at home".
The Red Sox can advance with a win Tuesday night in NY or a win in Game 5 on Thursday in Boston. October has a way of cementing legacies.
Boone and the Yankees should have a very short leash with Sabathia tonight.
His postseason leading up to Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was not great.
Before the game, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was asked if he would try to influence Hernandez's strike zone. Expect run support as Eovaldi is inconsistent and will likely struggle in the home run haven of Yankee Stadium.
The game fell apart quickly, too. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated. ALDS performance: 4 for 14 with one double, one homer, two RBIs, two strikeouts, and a.571 slugging percentage. But the 2004 postseason is where he established his reputation as a clutch hitter. "I need a homer". "It's the first inning where he's lost a little of his control". Mookie Betts came up later in the frame, scoring Holt on an RBI single. He wasn't done, though. And if the Red Sox knew that a slider wasn't coming anymore, they were able to zero in on Severino's other pitches.
NY had not put a leadoff runner on until Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star closer, walked Aaron Judge on four pitches leading off the ninth.
Why he's here: Ortiz never gets the chance to play superstar without the guy who had exactly zero at-bats for the Red Sox in the series.
The first was Chris Segal in the 16 inning Rays/Marlins game on July 3. Boston trailed by a run, 4-3, and was on the verge of being swept.
I knew I needed a home run.
CC Sabathia will start tonight with the season on the line and it'll be his third elimination game start since last season.
The ball died at the warning track and Kimbrel got a groundout from Torres to end the game and send the Red Sox celebrating on their rivals home field for the second time in less than three weeks.
Also like the Yankees, the Astros knocked the Red Sox out of the postseason last year, the only year the teams have met in the postseason.
NY got its first run on Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the fifth.
J.D. Martinez and the 108-win Red Sox reached the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2013. Jason Varitek led off the eighth with a home run off Hernandez and Nomar Garciaparra followed with a double to force Torre to go to his bullpen, but four relievers combined to shut down Boston and give the Yankees the victory and the trip to the World Series.
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