Boston Red Sox ALDS: David Price devalued once again vs Yankees

Boston Red Sox ALDS: David Price devalued once again vs Yankees

The only two Red Sox players to speak to the media Sunday, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and right-hander Matt Barnes, said they were unaware of what Judge did. You need 'em to win.

It didn't take long to determine where this one was heading, mere minutes actually, as Price's career record as a playoff starter plummeted to 0-9.

"That's kind of what we've been waiting for to some degree", Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said of Sanchez, who struggled with injuries and inconsistency this season, "where he can take over a game on offense".

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

NY and Boston split at Fenway Park and are tied 1-1 in the best-of-five AL Division Series going into Game 3 on Monday night. It was the second time this year that he had a two-homer, four-RBI game against the Red Sox.

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Cora and the Red Sox wouldn't sound off about Judge's musical taste - not that they could hear the famous Kander and Ebb song on Fenway's concourse through thick clubhouse walls after the 6-2 win in Game 2.

Gary Sanchez homered twice, a solo shot off Price and a three-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh inning.

Cora's rather simplistic handicapping of his team's chances to win the series was as elementary as it comes. No one saw it land as the belt easily cleared the Green Monster in left field and was clocked at 479 feet. But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox.

Whether fatigue or dead-arm played any part in Severino's less than stellar summer, Martinez's supposed declaration of an injury to the Yankees No. 1 pitcher is not only inflammatory if untrue, but insanely underhanded if indeed accurate - considering Severino credited much of his 2017 success to the Hall of Famer.

Sanchez's second homer was also the longest Yankees postseason homer of the Statcast era, besting Judge's first-inning homer that had just overtaken the top spot on that list. So he's never technically made two starts with fewer than normal rest in between.

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"All empires fall sooner or later", then-Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said that night. The ugly totals: 10 batters faced, three hits, two walks, two home runs, only five outs.

Yankees right-hander Luis Severino looks on against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2018. Gleyber Torres finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. We have been trying to get me hydrated.

Yankees players were ready for familiar sounds when the series resume.

New York's bullpen has allowed one run in 10 innings, led by Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and Aroldis Chapman. Perhaps revealingly, it was right here at Fenway. Jackie Bradley Jr. ended the contest 1-for-3. I've certainly been guilty of it myself, and anyone eager to prove me a waffling fool upon reading this post could dig up countless examples of this author stating - in print, online, in radio interviews, in real-life conversations - that playoff wins like the Yankees' series-evening victory in Boston on Saturday might represent some greater change in the course of the series.

In varying levels of prominence throughout these playoffs, teams who were dealt by the Jays at the deadline are at least involved.

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