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There will also be, one presumes, more chances in the future for Price to flip this terrible script.

"It's a good song".

In this case, it was early in the game that Boone made a decision to send Luis Severino out to the mound. "That's kind of what we've been waiting for to some degree, where he can take over a game on offense".

With his Yankees up 3-1 in the series, El Duque shut out the Red Sox - who led the majors with 949 runs, more than 50 ahead of second place, during the regular season - through seven innings as NY built a 4-0 lead. The ugly totals: 10 batters faced, three hits, two walks, two home runs, only five outs.

"Maybe my wife cooks better food here", he said.

Instead, the wild-card Yankees will have a chance to advance to the AL Championship Series with victories at home, where they are 7-0 over the past two postseasons, in Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Tuesday nights.

NY is 19-9 in the postseason at new Yankee Stadium, where boisterous Bronx crowds try to intimidate. "During the regular season, the Yankees" aggregate 3.38 ERA from relievers was fourth-best in the league.

Sanchez's second homer was also the longest Yankees postseason homer of the Statcast era, besting Judge's first-inning homer that had just overtaken the top spot on that list. "From his cage work to his [batting practice], he's been seemingly locked in", Judge said. "Every single pitch they're locked in".

But none of those struggles have come against the Yankees, and that's why Eovaldi earned the nod in the rotation ahead of left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Boston is constructed in a similar fashion, knowing half its games are played in front of Fenway's Green Monster lurking in left field. Severino allowed the first six runs the Red Sox scored on a disastrous night for the Yankees' arms.

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David Price added another chapter to his novel of postseason failures as the Red Sox dropped Game 2 of the ALDS to the Yankees 6-2 Saturday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were making consistent hard contact.

His postseason leading up to Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was not great.

"Trying to keep the ball in the ballpark, try and get quick outs and try not to let the crowd get too insane and get behind them and get them going", Eovaldi said of his Stadium strategy earlier this year.

Thanks to a seven-run fourth inning, the Sox were leading 10-0 entering the fourth, sucking the life out of the home crowd.

With Porcello pitching two-thirds of an inning, the Red Sox were forced to make a decision.

Eovaldi was 3-3 with a 3.33 in 11 starts and one relief appearance for the Red Sox, who acquired him from Tampa Bay in July. He pitched for the Yankees in 2015 and '16 before injuring his elbow, which required Tommy John surgery for the second time.

"Trying to keep the ball in the ballpark - try and get quick outs, try not to let the crowd get too insane and get behind them and get them going", he said. J.D. Martinez then grounded out, but Xander Bogaerts followed up with a single to put runners on the corners and keep the Red Sox rally alive.

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

Of all the players in this series, Price may have had the most riding on his performance. Before we watch what will happen over the next few days, let's look back at the players - the stars and the surprises - who have worn the hero capes in this short, but intense, playoff rivalry. "So the fans are going to be excited", Betances said. No game is bigger than the other.