Red Sox eliminate Yankees, advance to face Astros in ALCS

Aaron Hicks didn’t let Yankees sit him without a fight

Trailing in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees scored twice in the ninth and had runners at first and second with two outs.

While it's true that Severino was far-less effective post-All-Star break - and he and Martinez do have a relationship, as the two worked out together during the winter of 2016 in their native Dominican Republic, the 24-year-old Severino made it clear he never said anything about an injury to the former Red Sox star. And he squarely hit Brock Holt's bat, and the result was a two-run homer in the ninth that gave Holt the first cycle in postseason history. Like I always say, I care about my arm and being healthy. Against the Red Sox this season: 1-0 in two starts, 3.46 ERA, 15 strikeouts, five earned runs on 10 hits over 13 innings. "I know with the (Yankees-Red Sox) rivalry and everything, we've played some games there and it's been loud, but nothing like the way it's going to be on Monday". The Yankees trust Sabathia implicitly and, if nothing else, you know he's not going to get overwhelmed by the moment. Against the Red Sox this season: 7 for 27, two homers, five RBIs, five walks, six strikeouts. So should the Sox expect retaliation from the Yankees in Game 4 on Tuesday?

The Red Sox attempt to win the series in Game 4, which begins at 8:07 p.m. on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium in New York City. - Andrew Benintendi " I was trying to hit a home run".

If New York pulls off a comeback, we would have playoff baseball in Houston this weekend, but if the Red Sox put the Yanks to sleep, Houston will be in Boston this weekend to get the ALCS started.

Every starter had at least one hit for the Red Sox, who piled up 18 in all. "I think that would be weak for me to take that back". There was occasional barking about his decisions, and Benintendi argued after he was called out on a breaking ball with the bases loaded for the final out of the eighth, a pitch that may have been outside.

Severino looked out of sorts in the outing, but his rushed pregame warmup likely had little to do with it. Luke Voit walked on four pitches, and Kimbrel hit Neil Walker on a leg with his next pitch, forcing in a run.

The only other position player to pitch in a postseason game was Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington against Kansas City in the 2015 AL Championship Series.

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland sat out after leaving Game 2 when he hurt his right hamstring running the bases.

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. Brett Gardner was back in center, but Boone said he wouldn't hesitate to use Hicks in any role off the bench.

"Major League Baseball needs to do something about Angel", Martinez said.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone only has two games of Stadium postseason experience to draw on himself - this year's Wild Card Game as the manager, and last year's as a broadcaster - but he knows those two games against the Twins and Athletics will be nothing compared to the next two nights.

Boone and the Yankees should have a very short leash with Sabathia tonight.

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