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Yankees make Price pay to square ALDS at a win apiece

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Rita Gibson | 08 October, 2018, 15:41

But on paper, the numbers favor the Red Sox.

Since lasting just 1/3 of an inning in last year's wild-card game, Severino is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four playoff starts, however he has pitched past the fifth inning just once.

Here's an excerpt of what Roberts had to say about the game, which evened the series at 1-1 heading back to Yankee Stadium.

With this Price nearly always wrong at this time of year, the early damage was enough to allow the Yankees to square the ALDS at a win apiece.

The steep, sloping stands and intimate dimensions of Fenway Park, the "lyric little bandbox" of Updike's famous depiction, seem created to cause the impression, particularly on cool October nights, of walls closing in on the unsuspecting opponent standing at the center of its diamond.

"We can't wait", Judge said.

Let's get back to David Price.

Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka started for NY and allowed Boston batters only one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five innings.

Lopetegui confirms Bale, Benzema injuries
Los Blancos dominated the possession for most of the first half, but they were finding it tough to break down the Alaves defence. Benzema did not start the second half, while Bale was replaced late after appearing to ask to be substituted.

I get that David Price has four years and roughly $127 million left on his contract, but did the Red Sox really think he'd have much of a chance against the mighty Yankees offense?

And it almost happened that way. It's now all about keeping the Yankee bats in check, finding a way to keep the swings of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton in the park.

He endured an abysmal season that included two stints on the disabled list, a.186 batting average, and a league-leading 18 passed balls in only 89 games. Brasier motioned impatiently for Sanchez to get back in the box, and told him so in some impolite terms.

And then, perhaps he'll re-gain value throughout Red Sox Nation. But lefty Zach Britton and closer Aroldis Chapman secured the final six outs without incident, and the Yankees had the equalizing win.

Yankees players were ready for familiar sounds when the series resume. Signed to a seven-year, $217 million contract before the 2016 season - which made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball - he has alternated between brilliant and bad, with most of the latter instances coming in his biggest starts. On Boston's watch, Eovaldi pitched to a 3.33 ERA/132 ERA+ and a 4.00 K/BB ratio in 11 starts and one relief appearance.

If everyone at Fenway on Friday night was checking the radar-gun readout to gauge the health of Chris Sale's shoulder, on Saturday night they were checking Price's face to gauge his confidence level. They're both power-dominant pitchers, and it's going to be a fun game. I envisioned him reading all the mean tweets about his Game 2 performance, bathing in the pain of another postseason loss, as if it were a way to cleanse his soul of his October sins. Although Sanchez told ESPN's Buster Olney, postgame, that he didn't think much of it, considering Brasier struck out Sanchez with a 97 miles per hour fastball, Brasier's brashness went unwarranted upon Sanchez's nail in the coffin homer, two frames later.

The Yankees did exactly what they needed to do Saturday. Andrew McCutchen knocked in the third run with a loud single high off the Monster. Alex Cora plans to send Jersey native Rick Porcello out for Game 4.

A year earlier, Boone's 11th-inning homer off Tim Wakefield won Game 7 and the AL pennant.

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