High-flying Yankees: Victory sets up ALDS with Red Sox

High-flying Yankees: Victory sets up ALDS with Red Sox

High-flying Yankees: Victory sets up ALDS with Red Sox

Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin.

"After what happened past year", Severino said of his dominating opening frame, "that was big for me". No. 14 will be the American League wild-card game between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics, who won 100 games and 97 games this season, respectively.

"We want Boston", the people of Yankee Stadium say.

NY fans want Boston. The A's have lost eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays and the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series, and dropped all four of their postseason matchups against the Yankees. Game 1 of the AL Division Series, the rivalry revved up, will be Friday night at Fenway Park. The 28-year-old right-hander, who throws at 97-98 miles per hour, allowed no earned runs in three of four starts this year against the Yankees.

Eovaldi was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 11 starts and one relief appearance for the Red Sox, who acquired him from Tampa Bay in July.

Boston had a historic season, blowing past NY in the AL East race thanks to a franchise-record 108 wins.

The 29-year-old Perth native, one of only 33 Australians to play in the majors, opened the game for the Oakland A's against the New York Yankees in their must-win American League wildcard clash.

These teams also have a history of hitting each other.

Boston will outscore the Yankees if they are not at full strength as the Red Sox boast the best line-up in baseball. Yankee Stadium is alive again.

If the Yankees win: Bring on Yankees-Red Sox.

The Red Sox have said Sale and Price will be followed by Rick Porcello in Games 2 and 3 and Nathan Eovaldi in Game 4, if necessary.

NY added four in the sixth against Fernando Rodney and Blake Treinen, perhaps the best closer in baseball this season.

A fight broke out in 1967 at Yankee Stadium after New York's Thad Tillotson hit Joe Foy with a pitch and Boston's Jim Lonborg hit Tillotson - who after the scrap hit Dick Howser with a pitch.

Zimmer, a former Boston manager and then a Yankees coach, ran across the infield and lunged at Martinez during the fighting.

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 era when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much. This will be the two bitter rivals first matchup since the infamous 2004 ALCS.

Severino came back after that abysmal start to throw seven innings of three-run ball against the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS, four innings of one-run ball against the Houston Astros and then he had a misleading start where he gave up three runs in 4.6 innings in game six of the AL Championship Series.

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