Yankees, Red Sox know exactly what's at stake in pivotal Game 3

Yankees, Red Sox know exactly what's at stake in pivotal Game 3”

Three days before his scheduled start against the New York Yankees, Rick Porcello walked out to the Boston Red Sox bullpen and took a seat.

Had the Yankees been able to capitalize with runners in scoring position during the series opener, they would likely be returning to Yankee Stadium with a commanding 2-0 lead in this best-of-five series.

There's plenty of baseball left, and the Red Sox have a potent lineup capable of coming back.

Asked about what he's learned about facing the Red Sox so many times, Severino wouldn't provide much information. "It's electric. They throw strikes". Among starting pitchers, Eovaldi and Severino are two of the hardest throwers in the game today.

Boston's Ian Kinsler responded with a run-scoring double in the seventh but the Red Sox came no closer.

In all, Price was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings - the shortest playoff start of his career, and tied with Roger Clemens for the shortest in Red Sox postseason history. "I really just kept trying to pound the zone and stay aggressive". Sanchez's second homer (off of Eduardo Rodriguez's 92.7 miles per hour fastball) went an estimated 479 feet - making him only the second Yankee catcher in Postseason history with two home runs in one playoff game.

"Just a monster night", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

"I've got to talk to him", Cora said.

The Red Sox need the real Mookie Betts (1-for-7) to show up, Ian Kinsler (8 at-bats, 5 strikeouts) to wake up and everyone else help wear down NY starter Luis Severino.

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"No, no. He's one of our starters", Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said when that question was posed. "Stay in the zone".

Severino and Eovaldi both averaged 97 miles per hour with their fastball this season.

It's not easy finding a good matchup for Price against the Yankees.

So who wins every playoff game? We trust his stuff. "Maybe I can tell you tomorrow". You get the ball and have to perform.

Eovaldi has done it against the Yankees several times this year. The other being Yogi Berra, who did so in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series. I just didn't break.

"This time I want to try to get to seven and then let the bullpen do their job", he said.

Cleveland's Francisco Lindor opened the scoring in the third inning with a solo homer off a slider from Cole, who joined the Astros in a January trade after five seasons with Pittsburgh.

Either the Red Sox or Yankees will face defending champion Houston or the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series, with the Astros moving to the brink of advancing Saturday with a 3-1 home victory over Cleveland.

"Gary has a ton of talent, and he's a guy we never stopped believing in", said Yankees centerfielder Brett Gardner. Ian Kinsler plated another run for Boston on a one-out double off of Dellin Betances in the bottom of the seventh, but the right-hander managed to squeeze out of the inning without doing any additional damage to the Yankees' lead.

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