What Brock Holt and the Red Sox said about history-making cycle

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The Yankees insisted after the game Monday night, there was nothing unusual about Severino's preparation. They'll need to do something to show some pride and keep the series alive, if only from a mental standpoint.

It's never a good thing to get eliminated from the playoffs by your biggest rival.

J.D. Martinez and the 108-win Red Sox reached the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2013.

The Red Sox, Yankees and baseball fans will see plenty of Hernandez on Tuesday night, when he's scheduled to work the plate in Game 4.

Of course, Sabathia might not be long for Game Four even if he pitches well. But the move that really drew the ire of TBS color commentator Ron Darling, and probably some on the Yankees' payroll, came later in the game. To make matters worse, the Red Sox clinched while in NY. But boy, swinging 3-0 in the seventh with a 10-1 lead ... there used to be a book.

"We figured we would use some starters at times, you can do that with some of the time", Dombrowski said.

CC Sabathia will start tonight with the season on the line and it'll be his third elimination game start since last season. And in a comment that could have him taking a fastball on the backside, he admitted that he was trying to do it.

During a press conference following the game, Holt said he questioned manager Alex Cora's decision to play him against Yankees starter Luis Severino. "I saw Romine was on the mound, so you get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound". "If you hear that from Yankees staff or something like that, maybe you can believe it, but I don't know where you get that from".

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton, bad all series, swung at a pair of curveballs nowhere near the plate to give Kimbrel a little breathing room, but he walked Luke Voit and hit Neil Walker with a pitch to force in a run. Obviously, you don't expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to. "I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me".

If you're going to troll the Boston Red Sox following a win, you better make sure they don't have a chance to answer back. Strike out on objective?

Devers singled twice, stole a base, scored two runs and knocked in another. Benintendi's stolen base was in something of a gray area.

Historically, the Red Sox have a 31-23 record against the Astros, including a 17-10 record at Fenway Park.

Umpire Angel Hernandez sued Major League Baseball in July 2017, alleging race discrimination and citing his lack of World Series assignments and baseball not promoting him to crew chief.

When Gleyber Torres hit a three-hopper off the mound in the third with the Yankees trailing 3-0, shortstop Xander Bogaerts gloved the ball, continued onto the second-base side of the dirt and threw to first, when Hernandez signalled safe.