Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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ALDS: Brock Holt, Red Sox take series lead vs. Yankees

ALDS: Brock Holt, Red Sox take series lead vs. Yankees

With his Yankees up 3-1 in the series, El Duque shut out the Red Sox - who led the majors with 949 runs, more than 50 ahead of second place, during the regular season - through seven innings as NY built a 4-0 lead. Three innings later, Ortiz ended the game with his walk-off home run. Game 5, if necessary, is Thursday night at Fenway Park.

"An embarrassing day", shortstop Didi Gregorius said. He is slated to be the home plate umpire Tuesday night as the Yankees look to stave off elimination in Game 4 of the ALDS. Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch against NY lefty CC Sabathia. So should the Sox expect retaliation from the Yankees in Game 4 on Tuesday?

By the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine was on the mound for NY and he gave up a two-run homer to Holt that completed his cycle. Don't get me going on Angel now. Or, oh yes, Brock Holt hitting a single, a double, a triple and then a home run in the ninth! Obviously, you don't expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to. We have a great team, a great lineup and great starting pitching, so I think coming home is going to be good for us. In the first four innings of the game, three plays that he called at first base were overturned. "I rounded the bases, and seeing everybody going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me". "Everybody was rooting for him".

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.

Why he's here: Maybe it's fitting that a guy who played just 54 regular-season games in a Yankees uniform owns one of the biggest homers in the history of the franchise.

"There's a reason he's in this series, and he has a job to do just like all of us", Cora said.


Mookie Betts, in fact, hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game. Ian Kinsler finished 1-for-4 with an RBI double.

"He's been swinging the bat well for a while now", Cora said. "But we had to take our best shots with the righties in the lineup".

Every starter had at least one hit for the Red Sox, who piled up 18 in all.

The Yankees responded a year ago, of course, and while it won't necessarily be a referendum on the new manager if they don't do the same this time, it would surely be a reminder that there's still more to managing than crunching the numbers and carrying out even the best-laid plans of the front office.

Eovaldi pitched for the Yankees from 2015-16 before injuring his elbow, which required a second Tommy John surgery.

The Yankees may already seem to have the momentum in their favor after winning Game 2 in Boston, and you don't have to say it to be known: if they stay undefeated at home throughout the remainder of this series, the last win will send them to a second straight American League Championship Series. The veteran left-hander didn't last more than four innings in two of his past three starts against the Red Sox this season, but in a June 29 matchup, he only allowed one run over seven innings. "So I can use both languages tonight".

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