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Yanks tab Happ for Game 1 vs. Red Sox

Yanks tab Happ for Game 1 vs. Red Sox”

Starters: The ability to hold down an opponent to create cover for your team is vital always - particularly when runs are more precious at this time of year.

The New York Yankees are drawing boos in some corners of Boston, but not for their bitter rivalry to the Red Sox.

The Yankees have scored at least seven runs in six of their last seven games.

Happ won the first five games he appeared in with the Yankees after the trade. "And he wasn't keeping the ball in the ballpark, which is important". "We've got to build off that coming into tomorrow". Hicks sounded hopeful that he'll be back in the lineup for Game 2. "And that's something I wasn't able to do tonight".

"Winning games and winning the division and having the record and all that, we appreciate it, don't get me wrong", Sale said.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth inning to earn the save.

In the first playoff matchup between the teams since 2004, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer off J.A. Happ in the first.

Overall, Pearce seems made for the AL East, a point often mentioned by his manager in Toronto, John Gibbons.

No, the spotlight on the Boston Red Sox just brightened considerably. "It sure turned out well", Pearce said. "I'm not going to hide from it". They were on that path that we all hope to be on.

Price fell to 0-9 as a postseason starter and was lifted after allowing Andrew McCutchen's RBI single off the Green Monster with two outs in the second.

In an aggressive move, Alex Cora went to Game 3 starter Rick Porcello to pitch the eighth inning.

"I need to win in October", Price told reporters here back in September. He was lifted after opening the inning with a single.

They are 7-0 in The Bronx, outscoring their opponents by 28 runs while hitting 11 homers.

On Friday. Price chose to deflect rather than defend his post-season record.

Happ said getting behind 2-0 in the count to Martinez allowed him to jump on a good pitch. "That was my generic answer".

Either way, Sale insisted, "if I take the mound, I expect to win". But his postseason struggles have caused Red Sox fans to sour on him, and vice-versa; he can opt out of his contract after the season, and if he can find something close to the four years and $124 million he is owed, he might just take it. "That's all I can worry about".

"He's solid", Cora said of Happ. "We saw him pitching the second part of the season and he was probably the second-best lefty in the league behind (Tampa's Blake Snell.) "He's ready".

HOME AND HOME With their rabid fan support, both teams have solid home-field advantage but might it be a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't for the Red Sox?

"We nearly caught them", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "In the playoffs it's about executing".

"J.A. obviously got in a little bit of trouble in that first inning, just not having his real airtight command that he usually has, especially with the fastball", Boone said.

The Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-2 in the AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night to advance to this series.



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