A.L. Wild-Card Game Live Updates: Yankees vs. Red Sox


Anthony Rizzo will get Yankees on board, 3-1.

The mid-season acquisition squared up on a curveball and despatched it into the suitable discipline seats.

Luis Severino, the one-time ace of the Yankees who continues to be working his method again to full-strength after a collection of accidents, got here on in aid of Clay Holmes to begin the fifth. He retired Christian Arroyo rapidly on a groundout to second and fought by a six-pitch at-bat by Kyle Schwarber that led to a groundout to first.

With two down and Enrique Hernandez on the plate, Severino obtained forward within the depend, 0-2, after which ended issues by getting Hernandez to fly out to proper. So far, the Yankees’ bullpen has achieved a superb job of settling issues down following Gerrit Cole’s tough begin.

This is just Luis Severino’s fifth look of 2021. He returned to the foremost leagues in late September after present process Tommy John surgical procedure in spring of 2020 and enduring setbacks. A two-time All Star as a beginning pitcher, the Yankees have eased Severino again into motion within the bullpen.

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Which one in all tonight’s starters is the $324 million ace?

Eovaldi struck out Brett Gardner on six pitches, ending his second at-bat with a 97-m.p.h. fastball. He obtained Gio Urshela to fly out to left on the primary pitch he noticed. He then struck out Kyle Higashioka on 4 pitches to finish the inning. That is 10 straight batters retired by Eovaldi, who’s as much as seven strikeouts.

With Clay Holmes again on the mound after his third inning heroics, the Yankees tried to get strategic in opposition to Hunter Renfroe by using a shift. Boston’s proper fielder made them pay for that technique (briefly) by poking a single into proper. But simply as he had achieved the earlier inning, Holmes calmly induced a double-play, with Kevin Plawecki and Renfroe being retired 4-6-3.

With the bases empty for Bobby Dalbec, Boston’s first baseman ended issues quietly by flying out to proper discipline on the second pitch he noticed.

The Red Sox signed Jose Iglesias in September and he hit .356 for them and was a really helpful second baseman. But as a result of he joined the group after Aug. 31, he was not eligible for the postseason. Alex Cora mentioned that Iglesias would stay with the membership so long as they continue to be alive, regardless that he can’t play, so there was some query about what he would do. So far he’s pushing the house run hitters by the dugout in Boston’s laundry-hamper celebrations

Nathan Eovaldi obtained his fifth strikeout of the evening by hurling a 100-m.p.h. four-seamer previous Giancarlo Stanton’s mighty bat. He then retired Joey Gallo and Gleyber Torres on fly balls to heart discipline. He has now retired seven straight batters.

This shouldn’t be wanting prefer it was evening for the Yankees handy Eovaldi an early 3-Zero lead.

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We advised the Yankees to be careful for Kyle Schwarber! Boston’s designated hitter completely demolished a 97-m.p.h. fastball from Gerrit Cole to steer off the half-inning, giving Boston a 3-Zero lead. It simply so occurs that Schwarber had achieved the identical factor the final time he had confronted Cole in a wild-card sport, again within the 2015 National League sport between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs.

A single by Enrique Hernandez and a stroll to Rafael Devers was all Manager Aaron Boone wanted to see, and he pulled his ace out of the sport after 50 pitches and two-plus innings.

Clay Holmes got here on in aid of Cole, with two males on base and no outs, and he bailed out the group’s ace in a giant method, hanging out Xander Bogaerts after which getting Alex Verdugo to floor right into a double-play to finish the inning.

Gerrit Cole, the Yankees’ ace and $324 million man, is out of the sport, a surprising flip of occasions for the Yankees. He allowed three runs on two residence runs, together with a third-inning solo blast by Kyle Schwarber, who admired his handiwork because it sailed previous the suitable discipline fence. Cole then coughed up a single and a stroll, and was hooked by Manager Aaron Boone. He strolled to the Yankees’ dugout along with his head down. Clay Holmes is now within the sport, and the Yankees are in a bind.

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So much is product of Gerrit Cole’s transformation to an ace in Houston and New York, however he was glorious for Pittsburgh in 2015: 19-Eight with a 2.60 E.R.A. The Pirates handed him the ball for his or her wild-card sport … and it turned out so much like this begin, thus far. Facing the Cubs that evening, Cole gave up a third-inning homer to Kyle Schwarber, identical to he did tonight. But Cole labored 5 innings that evening, and now he’s gone with no person out within the third.

Kyle Schwarber’s homer has Boston up, 3-0.

Boston’s leadoff batter crushed a ball off Gerrit Cole, one thing he’s been identified to do.

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Andrew Velazquez’s first postseason at-bat lasted all of 1 pitch when he flied out to left on a 98-m.p.h. fastball. Anthony Rizzo managed to get Nathan Eovaldi to throw him 9 pitches, however struck out on a four-seam fastball that he was woefully late on.

That introduced up Aaron Judge, who mimicked Velazquez by flying out to heart on the primary pitch he noticed, giving Eovaldi the weird 1-9-1 11-pitch inning.

Big pitchers get massive strikeouts. Gerrit Cole recorded his first of the sport by throwing a knuckle-curve previous Hunter Renfroe for strike three to begin the half-inning. That good feeling was briefly put aside when Kevin Plawecki (a man within the sport for his protection behind the plate) smacked a 2-2 fastball into heart for a double that simply nicked the underside of the wall.

Bobby Dalbec, who got here as much as chants of his title from the group at Fenway, managed to attract six pitches out of Cole earlier than watching the seventh, a slider, sail previous him for strike three. Cole then obtained his third strikeout of the inning by throwing a 99-m.p.h. fastball previous a swinging Christian Arroyo.

So he could also be an inning late, however the Yankees’ ace has arrived.

Gerrit Cole, who’s getting chants of “Geeeeerit! Geeeeerit!” from the Fenway Park crowd, doesn’t have significantly sharp command thus far in opposition to the Red Sox. He has been lacking over the guts of the plate too typically, together with on that first-inning homer by Xander Bogaerts and second-inning double by Kevin Plawecki. Cole left a Sept. 7 begin early with hamstring tightness and returned to the mound per week later. Even although he had a tough finish to the season — a 5.13 earned run common in September — he has insisted his hamstring was “good,” together with once more on Monday when talking with reporters.

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That was the primary postseason at-bat for Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki, and he drilled a double off the wall in deep right-center. Good for him; the poor man was energetic for the Mets all through their run to the 2015 World Series, because the backup to Travis d’Arnaud, however he by no means obtained to play in a sport.

In a six-pitch at-bat, Gleyber Torres noticed 4 pitches that had been 98 miles an hour or quicker. He ultimately lined out to Boston proper fielder Hunter Renfroe. Brett Gardner noticed a 100-m.p.h. fastball in a five-pitch at-bat, however struck out on an 80-m.p.h curve. And after Gio Urshela beat out an infield single (a lot for his harm thigh!) Eovaldi took care of enterprise with a five-pitch strikeout of Kyle Higashioka that ended with the backup catcher failing to test his swing on an ideal curveball.

Eovaldi undoubtedly has good things tonight.

OK, can I rant right here in regards to the Red Sox’ pink jerseys? Their major residence uniform is meant to be their well-known, pristine white jersey. How many instances did they put on it this season? 35. They wore their pink “alternate” jerseys 37 instances, which would appear to imply they’re not truly the “alternate.” Anyway, they’re sporting the pink tonight, which is a disgrace — however at the least it’s not the canary-yellow “City Connect” jersey. For the document, the Red Sox had a .611 successful share within the reds, a .556 successful share within the common whites … and a .750 mark within the yellows.

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Gerrit Cole has put himself in a gap.

Kyle Schwarber began off the underside of the primary with a protracted out to heart and Enrique Hernandez popped out to second on the second pitch he noticed from Cole. That introduced up Rafael Devers, who broke out in an enormous method for Boston this season. Cole obtained forward with a 1-2 depend, and confirmed a little bit old-school aptitude by backing Devers off the plate with a 99 mile-per-hour fastball. But Cole then missed with two pitches to challenge a stroll. That was a giant mistake.

Xander Bogaerts got here up fourth and made Cole pay for the stroll. With a 2-1 depend, Cole threw an 89-m.p.h. changeup and Bogaerts drove it over the fence in heart for a two-run homer and a 2-Zero lead. Cole recovered to retire Alex Verdugo on a pop fly to second, however the harm was achieved.

The residence run was clocked at 108 miles per hour, the third-hardest hit ball of the yr by Bogaerts.

Xander Bogaerts was slumping heading into the wild-card sport, with solely 5 extra-base hits within the months of September and October.

Bogaerts provides Boston a 2-Zero lead.

A two-out residence run to heart discipline made Gerrit Cole pay for a stroll.

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When the Red Sox acquired Kyle Schwarber from Washington on July 29, Red Sox followers grumbled that they obtained the comfort prize, primarily as a result of they didn’t get Anthony Rizzo. That feeling was exacerbated after Rizzo hit three residence runs and batted .400 in his first six video games as a Yankee after coming over from the Cubs, whereas Schwarber was harm and didn’t play for the primary two weeks after the commerce deadline.

Since then, Schwarber has been some of the impactful offensive gamers moved on the deadline, nearly as good as an M.V.P. candidate throughout that very same span.

Since his first sport with the Red Sox on Aug. 13, Schwarber has 10 doubles, seven homers and 18 runs batted in and his on-base plus slugging share is .957. That is one share level increased than the determine posted by Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. over the identical time interval. Granted, Guerrero had a 1.002 O.P.S. throughout the whole season, and is a greater participant. But for the final six weeks of the season, Schwarber has been higher than anticipated for Boston.

Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi wanted just one pitch to retire the Yankees’ leadoff man, Anthony Rizzo, on a grounder to first. He wanted two to get Aaron Judge out on a fly ball to proper. Giancarlo Stanton struck worry into the hearts of the Boston trustworthy with a monstrous blast off the Green Monster for what ended up being a really spectacular single. But Eovaldi was capable of get out of the inning by hanging out Joey Gallo in a hard-fought six-pitch at-bat.

The wild-card sport is formally underway with Nathan Eovaldi utilizing a 99-mile-per-hour fastball to get Anthony Rizzo to floor out to first base. In three hours or so, one in all these groups can have its season finish.

As a bunch of Yankees, together with star outfielder Aaron Judge, walked off the sector at Fenway Park throughout batting apply, Red Sox followers booed. Unfazed, Judge and his teammates stored on transferring however they absolutely observed. A pregame chant of “Let’s go Yankees!” was additionally drowned out.

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BOSTON — There are comparatively few surprises in tonight’s beginning lineups. Gio Urshela, who got here up limping after a sensational catch within the Yankees’ ultimate sport of the season in opposition to Tampa Bay, has recovered effectively from his bruised thigh and is beginning at third base. Andrew Velazquez, the team’s Bronx-born fan favorite, is at shortstop. Rougned Odor, who discovered his method into plenty of nice moments this season, will come off the bench, as will Gary Sanchez, who’s sitting in favor of Gerrit Cole’s private catcher, Kyle Higashioka.

“He’s living the dream playing for his hometown team,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone mentioned of Velazquez.

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BOSTON — The wild-card sport shouldn’t be honest. Long reside the wild-card sport.

Those is perhaps contradictory opinions, nevertheless it all is dependent upon your perspective. If you’re a participant, you hate it. If you’re a viewer, you like it.

“Is it fair? No, it’s not fair,” Curtis Granderson, the previous main league outfielder, mentioned on Tuesday. “Is it fun? Absolutely.”

The Yankees and the Boston Red Sox had been scheduled to play the American League wild-card game at Fenway Park on Tuesday, adopted on Wednesday by the National League sport between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The winner of every advances to a division collection, which means that the Dodgers are already dealing with elimination regardless of tying their franchise record for victories with 106.

The cause is a quirk: As nice because the Dodgers had been, they performed in the identical division because the San Francisco Giants, who had been one sport higher. The Cardinals wanted solely 90 victories to share the stage.

“If I’m playing on a team that just won 100 games, I want to have the right to be out there and kind of stretch my chances for at least three games — not just one and done,” mentioned the Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who will analyze the playoffs for TBS with Granderson and Jimmy Rollins. “The efforts of my entire team, my entire organization, going down the drain by losing one game? One little mistake?”

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It can be honest to say Dee Strange-Gordon is a little bit biased towards his good good friend and former Miami Marlins teammate Giancarlo Stanton, and he positively rhapsodized throughout a cellphone dialog final month, reminiscing about their time in 2017 when Stanton gained the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award.

“It was special, man,” Strange-Gordon mentioned initially of September, recalling how when Stanton’s sizzling, “he can carry a club himself.”

Stanton has had some assist these days, in fact, particularly from Aaron Judge, however because the Yankees head into the wild-card sport, the 6-foot-6 Stanton has fortunately put the membership on his huge shoulders.

Strange-Gordon described how Stanton, at his finest, morphs right into a mode the place he’s hitting offended. At the time, Stanton had homered in eight of his previous 18 video games. That sizzling streak didn’t cease: Stanton completed the season with seven extra homers in his final 15 video games. His 17 homers since Aug. 17 are tied with Toronto’s Marcus Semien for the second-most within the majors. Only Kansas City’s Salvador Perez (18) had extra.

Stanton chuckled when Strange-Gordon’s remark was relayed to him, and acknowledged that his good friend was proper.

“It’s where’s the level of your mind and body that day and you try to re-create that wave length of that balance of focus and preparation,” he defined.

“Ideally, every day you try to work to that mode,” Stanton mentioned. “Sometimes you could be there and the results won’t show. You have to know when to make adjustments and when not, that’s why the game is so difficult in that way.”

When Stanton is “hitting angry,” the place does he direct that anger? At the world? The pitcher? The ball?

“It isn’t anything personal,” Stanton mentioned, noting that it primarily means he forgets all distractions. “The more distractions, the faster that little seamed ball comes at you.”

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It is unattainable to method a do-or-die sport between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park with out pondering of Bucky Dent’s heroics in a tiebreaker sport in 1978. The win in a 163rd common season sport catapulted the Yankees to the postseason and a World Series title. It furthered despair amongst Red Sox followers to the purpose that Dent earned himself an unprintable nickname all through New England.

In interviews with Dent and Ron Guidry, the Yankees’ beginning pitcher in that 1978 sport, Gary Phillips got some tips on learn how to win a sport like this.

When requested how the Yankees may get previous the Boston Red Sox in a wild-card sport that would prolong or finish a season that has had numerous ups and downs, Bucky Dent had some tongue-in-cheek recommendation: “Use Mickey Rivers’s bat.”

That transfer labored for Dent 43 years in the past; who’s to say it wouldn’t for a Yankee on Tuesday evening?





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