Red Sox edge Yankees in ALDS opener

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Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin.

How much will Sale have to give against a NY lineup that set a Major League record for home runs in a season?

It was only after Craig Kimbrel struck out the last three NY batters that Sale could savour the first post-season win of his career, a 5-4 victory over Boston's longtime rivals Friday night in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Yankees fans were chanting "We want Boston!" during the late innings.

And as the tweet from the official Red Sox account says, "It doesn't end at 108". However, the Yankees present a huge challenge, as Aaron Judge and their offense is back on track.

It was an even briefer stint than in Price's Game 2 loss to Cleveland in the 2016 ALDS, a night where he finished just 3 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in a 6-0 shutout.

The 2018 Major League Baseball season was the greatest in the history of the Red Sox.

That sparked the Sox, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead and chased Yankees starter J.A. Happ after and gave Sale a comfortable cushion. Boston became the only team in baseball history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit by defeating NY in the 2004 ALCS, eventually winning their first World Series in 86 years and breaking the "curse" that had plagued the franchise for almost a century.

"I thought I threw it to the glove and he put a good swing on it", the pitcher said.

After the game, Kimbrel caught up with NESN's Guerin Austin. A bench-clearing brawl led to suspensions and fines, but Auston won't be around for a rematch - he was dealt to Minnesota in July.

Overall view of Fenway Park during a game between between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park May 5, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Just another in a long history of bad blood between rivals a little more than 200 miles apart. Aaron Judge homered into the Red Sox bullpen to cut the lead to one.

In 1973, Thurman Munson crashed into catcher Carlton Fisk at Fenway after Gene Michael missed a bunt, and the All-Stars fought. Boston has three World Series titles to New York's one over the last 14 years.

In Game 1 Sale gutted it out and made good on that promise, setting a stabilizing tone that's been foreign to Fenway the past two Octobers.

On a night when the offense came ready and Chris Sale erased most of the concerns surrounding him, the Red Sox' bullpen almost brought it all down. I don't think it will be a sweep because one of how loud it's going to be in games three and four in NY.

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out eight and gave up two runs for his first postseason win.

Boston's much maligned bullpen - a group that walked a tightrope in Friday night's 5-4 victory in Game 1 - was further besmirched by a converted starter the following night.

"I still remember he pitched Game 163 in Texas and he threw a complete game (a 5-2 win for Tampa Bay in 2013)". Judge had three hits and Voit had two for NY, which went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Poyner dominated against right-handed hitters in the minor leagues this season, allowing just 25 hits and six earned runs while recording 84 outs against them.

Fast forward to this week, with the teams ready to meet again.



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