Game 4 is Tuesday night in the Bronx, where the 108-win Red Sox can put away the wild-card Yankees for good and advance to the AL Championship Series against Houston.
It's a new phenomenon for numerous young players on the Yankees, who only have the last two seasons, and maybe the 2015 Wild Card Game, to draw on. Oh, and the Bucky Effing Dent game doesn't technically count - that unforgettable tiebreaker contest went down in the history books as Game 163 of the 1978 season - but those other 21 games have produced an impressive number of postseason heroes. "I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything". Now he's a rookie manager, leading a group of Baby Bombers that reached Game 7 of the AL Championship Series past year before losing to Houston. "I don't know, man", Cora said.
"We figured we would use some starters at times, you can do that with some of the time", Dombrowski said.
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.
Why he's here: Ortiz was only in his second season with the Red Sox in 2004, but he had already started to establish the foundation of what would be a strong Hall of Fame case.
That's a small but meaningful gesture that shows what a considerate guy Betts is. On Monday night, he'll be facing a Yankees offense that sees two of its biggest names, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, hot at the same time.
Boston first baseman Steve Pearce stretched for an outstanding catch that nipped Torres.
Hicks lobbied to start, but Boone said he felt there was some benefit in waiting at least another day because hamstrings can be fickle and Gardner provides a quality alternative.
Porcello needed only 25 pitches to get through New York's lineup the first time and entered the fifth inning with only 40 pitches.
Yankees: The 38-year-old Sabathia (9-7, 3.65) will be on 11 days' rest when he makes his 23rd postseason start.
Sabathia got into some trouble early, walking Xander Bogaerts to load the bases in the first inning before escaping the jam. "Hopefully, we can go out there and give them reason to keep building as the game unfolds". NY set a major league record this year for most home runs in a season, but didn't go deep in the two games at Yankee Stadium.
"We played a really hard season, we managed to win 100 games and then we get to this point and we just can't finish off a series against the Red Sox".