Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland had what Cora called aggressive treatment on his right hamstring, which forced him from Game 2. Hardly seems possible, right? It was the first time in 299 regular season and postseason starts that Price failed to strike out a batter. It was the second time this year that he had a two-homer, four-RBI game against the Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price has struggled in the postseason throughout his career - and this year has been no different. 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.
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The over is 8-1 in the last nine Yankees games overall. Next time just bust your a- to first base. After an 0-for-4 performance with two Ks in Game 6, Boone spent most of Game 7 watching from the bench.
The contest was still tied, 5-5, when Boone stepped to the plate to lead off the 11th inning. On a Boston-area sports-talk radio show this author happened to catch while driving back to NY on Sunday, hosts argued that the Red Sox should eat the remainder of Price's seven-year, $217-million contract and send him packing this offseason. Gleyber Torres finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. 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. He ended Game 4 with a two-run home run in the 12th inning. But when he came up again in the seventh, he broke the game open. The game went to extra innings, again, and again Ortiz delivered. Having Severino start the fourth inning is no problem, but at least have some arms getting loose in the bullpen just in case. But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox are one dominant Nathan Eovaldi performance away from reclaiming home-field advantage in a series now tied at 1-1.
"All empires fall sooner or later", then-Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said that night. Roberts made his first appearance in the ALCS in the ninth inning of Game 4, as a pinch-runner for Kevin Millar, who drew a lead-off walk off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. "And if we have the opportunity to score runs like that, even if it's 300 feet, I'll take it".
For all the focus on big boppers, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi for Boston, and Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez for NY, relievers have reigned in an error when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much. Bill Mueller smacked a 1-1 pitch back up the middle, chasing home Roberts with the tying run. "This is going to be a little crazier for this Boston game, for sure". Roberts went first-to-third on a single by Trot Nixon and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Varitek.
Of course, Boston's 6-2 loss to the Yankees, which knotted this best-of-five series at one game apiece, couldn't be pinned entirely on Price - who lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up three earned runs in his latest postseason dud - but try telling that to the fans who want to embrace the team's highest-paid player and April-to-September standout, but simply never will until he starts winning games for them in October.
Boston will start former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi rather than Rick Porcello against NY in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Monday.