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Yankees rout Red Sox to level baseball playoff series, Astros win

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Stanton comes up small in big game as Yankees face must-win at Fenway

But both Yankees management and the clubhouse realize that Sanchez's presence in the lineup remains an integral piece to defeating the Red Sox in the team's pursuit of a 28 World Series championship.

The ultimate wisdom of that decision is in the process of being tested here in October. Maybe using final game results does no justice to swings of momentum inside the games themselves, and maybe the Yanks' win over the Red Sox on Saturday indicates a continuation of the momentum the NY club achieved by beating up on the Boston bullpen in the late innings of Friday's loss.

Had the Yankees been able to capitalize with runners in scoring position during the series opener, they would likely be returning to Yankee Stadium with a commanding 2-0 lead in this best-of-five series.

That question on Hicks is of course about the tight right hamstring that forced the center fielder out of Game 1 and kept him from starting Game 2. "And if we have the opportunity to score runs like that, even if it's 300 feet, I'll take it".

Eovaldi opened the season with Tampa Bay coming off the second Tommy John surgery of his career.

Christian Vazquez will start behind the plate over Sandy Leon, who went 0-for-5 as the teams split the first two games at Fenway Park.

The home run against Price was Sanchez's lone at-bat against the Sox lefty starter, as Boston manager Alex Cora-whose managing style will never be confused with Grady Little-pulled Price after only 42 pitches.

Heading back to the Bronx with staff ace Luis Severino scheduled to take the hill in Game 3 is the ideal situation for a Yankee team that showed they are unafraid as to what the AL East champion Red Sox have to offer.

The Yankees smacked the most homers of any club in major league history this season with 267 and have sustained their superb slugging into the playoffs.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez continued his assault of Sox lefthander Davis Price, and is now 7-for-14 in his career against the former Cy Young victor, with home runs accounting for six of his seven hits.

"I'm not sure", Price said, when asked what was behind his command issues. Signed to a seven-year, $217 million contract before the 2016 season - which made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball - he has alternated between brilliant and very bad, with most of the latter instances coming in his biggest starts.

Who follows Eovaldi in the late innings, if necessary, is anybody's best guess.

Price dropped to 2-9 lifetime in the postseason.

The Astros try to complete an ALDS sweep over Cleveland when Dallas Keuchel starts Game 3 at Progressive Field.

"All empires fall sooner or later", then-Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said that night. "I think that's one of the reasons why we were so good during the regular season". "You know he's capable of that".

Joe Kelly pitched well in relief, tossing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball after replacing Price. Porcello could be the only Red Sox pitcher unavailable, as Boston will be loathe to enter a Game 4 with its season on the line in a ballpark where it posted just a 3-6 mark in nine games this season. "But with the Red Sox in the division, they were running away with it". "We've been doing a lot of things, trying to get me hydrated - I've been peeing like insane - but I'm kind of testing it out".

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