Alex Cora made the right moves when Red Sox needed it most

BOSTON MA.- OCTOBER 5 Alex Cora #20 of the Boston Red Sox welcomes his players during team introductions prior to the start of Game 1 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston

BOSTON MA.- OCTOBER 5 Alex Cora #20 of the Boston Red Sox welcomes his players during team introductions prior to the start of Game 1 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston

"So you get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound".

Analyst Ron Darling said on TBS that Severino didn't get to the bullpen for his warm-ups until 7:32, just eight minutes before the first pitch. "I need a home run for the cycle, '" Holt said of the buildup to his final at-bat.

He'll be the answer to a trivia question for that, and also for allowing Brock Holt's ninth-inning home run, which wrapped up the first-ever cycle in postseason history. "I was going to try to hit a home run". I was trying to hit a home run. You could definitely make the argument that Boston is lucky that it lost only one of the first two games, but that's just spilled milk. But that's what took place Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS. Stephen Tarpley was touched for three runs in the eighth inning. "Rick pitched that inning on Monday, so we felt like one more day is going to benefit him if we stay away from him".

"Against Tanaka, we got a little overaggressive, swinging at a lot of pitches out of the zone", Bogaerts said. Three of them ranked atop the major leagues in one category: contact rate. The Yankees hit several hard shots that went right at defenders. "It was a special moment for me".

Should the Red Sox win Game 3, they have a former Cy Young Award victor pitching basically in his hometown (Porcello went to Seton Hall Prep) to try to advance Boston to the ALCS; if they lose, though, then they have the same former Cy Young Award victor pitching to keep them alive instead of a wild card in Eovaldi. "I don't think it's really quite settled in yet". Having Severino start the fourth inning is no problem, but at least have some arms getting loose in the bullpen just in case. That is the very definition of manufacturing two runs.

On the other side of the equation, Romine had even less expectation of pitching in Game 3 than Holt did of starting it.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39). "During the regular season, the Yankees" aggregate 3.38 ERA from relievers was fourth-best in the league. These are playoff games.

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.

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