Red Sox inflict record playoff defeat on shellshocked Yankees

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino answers questions during a news conference Sunday Oct. 7 2018 in New York. The Yankees will play against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Monday. (AP

Yankees ace Luis Severino not seeing eye to eye with Pedro Martinez

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they were forced to pitch Rick Porcello on Friday night in an effort to hold off the Yankees and get the victory in Game 1.

When Boston pitcher David Price was introduced ahead of Game 3 of the ALDS, New York fans didn't hurl the typical vitriol that gets lofted toward just about every other player not donning the pinstripes.

The Sox lineup, the one that scored more runs per game than anyone in the regular season, was quiet against Masahiro Tanaka in Game 2.

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

Severino started the fourth inning by loading the bases on two singles and a walk. Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay in July and the hard-throwing righty compiled a 1.93 ERA in four starts against NY this season - three with the Red Sox.

"It was a special moment for me", Eovaldi said.

Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) hits a three RBI double in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium.

"No, I didn't envision myself getting into the playoffs in this role", he said. But tonight, I think we settled down pretty nice.

Now down 2-1 and in danger of being eliminated in the best-of-five matchup, they'll turn to CC Sabathia on Tuesday night in hopes of saving their season.

In the postseason, Porcello's record is decidedly more mixed. The ball deflected off of Severino's glove and died in the middle of the infield allowing Rafael Devers to score.

Stanton then singled to put runners at the corners, and Gregorius grounded to Holt. Mitch Moreland was 1-for-3 and scored a run.

"It just kind of shows you what kind of team we have and that we could explode at any minute", Betts said.

"Everyone wants to talk about the main guys on the team, and the star players, but when you look, it's guys like that [who] make the difference in the game".

He already had Lance Lynn warming up, yet Boone and Rothschild chose to have Severino "try and steal a couple of outs" against the bottom of the Sox lineup in the fourth inning, wanting Lynn ready to face Boston's right-handed hitters at the top of the order.

There were four replay challenges in the first four innings - all involving calls by first base umpire Angel Hernandez.

"That's probably just something they do when they win", the manager said. Ditto for Game 2.

"That was the plan", Boone said.

The Red Sox decided with the former in favor of moving up Nathan Eovaldi to start in Game 3 instead of his originally scheduled Game 4 start. He said he threw all fastballs, despite what the pitch-recognition systems were calling them, the fastest of which hit 90 miles per hour and the slowest of them at 68. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said later in the day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face.

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