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"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".

"I think they both can strike, can strike big", said Hyers, who was with the Dodgers as they went to Game 7 of the World Series past year.

Just like that, Holt has become the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit for the cycle in the postseason.

And the home run came off a position player. "I'm trying to do the same thing that I have been doing; stay aggressive and try to get that first pitch strike out of the way". "I mean, it's not a seven-game set".

By the end of a remarkably efficient, 18-pitch inning, at the end of an ugly, surreal night, Romine had succeeded in sparing the Yankees' bullpen from any more trauma. He singled off Severino to lead off the fourth inning - the pivotal frame that would see the Red Sox send 11 batters to the plate, score seven runs and lead to inevitable and painful scrutiny of Boone's pitching choices - then smashed a two-run triple off reliever Chad Green later the same inning. Stephen Tarpley was touched for three runs in the eighth inning. The only time they scored more runs in the postseason was a 23-7 win over Cleveland in 1999.

Hernandez's troubles started in the second inning, when Didi Gregorius bunted with Giancarlo Stanton on first and the umpire ruled Gregorius beat the throw from pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

"Against Tanaka, we got a little overaggressive, swinging at a lot of pitches out of the zone", Bogaerts said.

"It's been a while since Boston played Yankees in the playoffs". Acquiring him for Jalen Beeks now looks like a masterstroke by Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, one that has put the Red Sox one more victory from advancing. "It was a special moment for me".

Did Yankees Manager Aaron Boone have a satisfactory explanation for leaving starting pitcher Luis Severino in a pivotal game long enough to be charged with six earned runs, essentially putting the game out of reach in the fourth inning? "I don't think it's really quite settled in yet". That is the very definition of manufacturing two runs.

Hoping for a deep outing, Boston manager Alex Cora selected Eovaldi for Game 3 over Rick Porcello, who pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief in Friday's opener and now will match up against 38-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia in Game 4. The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on September 27. "We felt the matchup was good for him tonight although he was 0-for-whatever coming into the game tonight against Severino".


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