Red Sox, Yankees ready to rumble again in playoffs

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"I talked a lot early in the season, even when he had a couple of hiccups, about how I felt like he was in a really good place, both mentally and with his delivery and how he was throwing the ball", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday, "and that manifested itself during the season". "We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game". The victor advances to play the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series, the best three out of five games beginning tomorrow (Friday) in Boston.

"It's going to be intense", CC Sabathia predicted after the Yankees pounded the Oakland Athletics, 7-2, on Wednesday night to win their second straight American League wild-card game.

Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA and.217 opponents' batting average at home, just 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA and.257 opponents' batting average on the road. They have four guys who can close a game, but none better than Blake Treinen, who had a fabulous season; his hard sinker is virtually unhittable when it is right.

The right-handed pitcher started for the Oakland A's in their wild card showdown loss to baseball powerhouse the New York Yankees. If you're a Yankees fan, you're dying to know what other dance moves Betances has in his repertoire. "Every single pitch they're locked in".

Only Zach Britton was touched up for a run when Oakland's Khris Davis smacked a two-run home run off him in the eighth as their bullpen rode to victory midweek.

"Two places that are historic franchises where the fans are definitely rowdy for their home team and against the visiting team", Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said.

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With 91 wins and 71 losses, the Yankees overachieved past year, beating the Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card game, and the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series 3-2, and then losing to the Houston Astros in seven games in the American League Championship.

"All empires fall sooner or later", then-Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said that night. Hendriks (the loser) had not allowed a home run since June 24, the night before he was cut from the major league roster. "Past year I was a cheerleader", Betances said, reflecting on his reduced role last October after late-season control problems. Without an ace to turn to, the A's made it clear they'll try to ride their bullpen through to the ALDS by tabbing reliever Liam Hendriks to be the opener against NY. But if NY have everyone available, the argument can be made that they can keep up with the top team in a slugfest.

"All it means is I'm just relieving in the first innings. That's what they got", Red Sox star pitcher David Price said then. The Red Sox went on to win their first World Series since 1918, but Boone's drive off Tim Wakefield has not been forgotten or forgiven.

The Yankees never trailed thanks to Judge, who hit a 2-1 fastball from Liam Hendriks (0-1) into the left field bleachers.

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

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