Price, Red Sox look to increase series lead over Yankees

Tanya Simon
October 9, 2018

But these Yankees and Red Sox are different.

Pearce will start over Mitch Moreland at first base and bat third versus Yankees southpaw J.A. Happ in the first of the best-of-five series. "And he wasn't keeping the ball in the ballpark, which is important". "We've got Eduardo, who can give us multiple innings, and we can match up". Hicks sounded hopeful that he'll be back in the lineup for Game 2.

"I'm certainly not going to make any excuses", Happ said.

Pearce has had uncanny success against Happ, who has surrendered more homers to him than anyone in the big leagues. However, some of his worst starts of the season came against the Yankees, including an outing in mid-September when he gave up six runs (four earned) over 5.1 innings.

The Red Sox played from ahead all night, thanks to a J.D. Martinez three-run home run in the first inning. Chris Sale got the win for Boston.

Happ's troubles started at the outset. They had the top offense in the majors and a starting rotation among the best, but a bullpen that caused more angst than necessary. And obviously we're very familiar with them.

"It's fun. I mean, what else do you want?" Price is also 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA in nine career playoff starts, so he's rarely been at his best in October.

Cora is banking on Sale and No. 2 David Price coming through, although Sale is 0-1 as a postseason starter, and Price is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA as a starter.

Jays fans and his Toronto teammates back then won't forget his near miss in the 2015 ALCS. He was lifted after opening the inning with a single. New York's relievers tossed four scoreless innings behind Masahiro Tanaka, who improved to 3-2 in five postseason starts.

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On Friday. Price chose to deflect rather than defend his post-season record. And like I said, I'm going to be better.

Price later admitted with a laugh, "that was my generic answer ..."

Either way, Sale insisted, "if I take the mound, I expect to win". I don't want this to be about me not winning. But it was a dominating four-game sweep by the Red Sox in early August that blew the AL East race open. "That's all I can worry about".

Bosotn manager Alex Cora, not surprisingly, said he's not anxious.

"He matches up well with [Gregorius]", Cora said. "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".

23-9 in Tanaka's last 32 starts following a team loss in their previous game.

Manager Aaron Boone won't mind going to his bullpen in the sixth inning, but he needs his starters to get him there in good shape. "He still competes and he still did a good job". "In the playoffs it's about executing".

"Sometimes you know that goes with Giancarlo sometimes", Boone said.

AROUND THE BASES Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 against the Astros in Friday's opener of the other ALDS series and prior to the game the Blue Jays finally announced the player the named later in the August 31 deal.

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