Red Sox beat Yankees, advance to ALCS

Home-field advantage Yankees and their electric fanbase have Red Sox right where they want them

Home-field advantage Yankees and their electric fanbase have Red Sox right where they want them

The 108-win Red Sox entered the postseason with more questions than the SATs while the Wild Card Yankees looked like a team nobody wanted to face this October.

The caveat: Don't do anything dumb that might torpedo some future Yankees season.

"I definitely want to play next year", Sabathia said.

CC Sabathia plans to pitch next season, even if it means leaving the New York Yankees to find a contract. Once through the order, it was clear something with Severino was off.

After hitting a record 267 home runs this season, the Yankees failed to hit any in Games 3 and 4, thus dropping their record to 10-23 this year, regular and post-season combined, when going homerless. Boston scored its 13th run when Ian Kinsler trotted in on an eighth-inning wild pitch, then took a 14-1 lead on Betts' base hit later in the inning as Red Sox fans began chanting "Let's Go Red Sox".

Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Wednesday afternoon that the left-hander will start Sunday night against the Astros, and as expected, Chris Sale will start Game 1. The Red Sox were making hard contact against him, and making it look easy.

As any New York Mets fan (including this author) can attest, Angel Hernandez has been the worst umpire in baseball since just about forever. Amazingly, he just might be in the midst of the most disastrous night of his far from distinguished career. He inserted utility man Brock Holt at second base Monday night in Game 3, and Holt hit for the cycle.

Stanton also heard it from the Stadium crowd after his grounder to short ended the sixth.

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.

"They just had a lot of stuff going right". His first trip through the Boston order produced a series of line-drive outs, plus two singles, a walk and a Red Sox run. Kinsler, who came maybe 15 feet away from a grand slam in the first inning, gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the third on a crushed double to left just over the glove of Gardner.

Finally, as Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was driving in their second run of the inning to make it 3-0, Boone got a pair of relievers heated up. But they sat back down when Severino escaped the third and were still seated when he jogged to the mound to open the fourth against the bottom of Boston's order.

One night after Boone, the Yankees manager, had his bullpen moves (and non-moves) scrutinized mercilessly in the NY papers - the consensus being that he was too late in pulling his starter and too passive in deploying his better arms in what would become an ugly 16-1 loss - the Yankees, this time facing elimination, again fell behind in the early innings with the bullpen at rest. All three calls were overturned on instant replay.

As is the case with Boone, Tuesday brings a chance for redemption but also a slim margin of error for Hernandez.