Red Sox-Yankees showdown: 'It's what we signed up for'

Price, Red Sox look to increase series lead over Yankees | News & Observer

Chris Sale gives Red Sox five-plus solid innings in Game 1 vs. Yankees

Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. He pitched him accordingly in the first inning of Friday's game and it might have cost him.

Hernan Perez doubled in a run in the fourth inning and Milwaukee added three more runs in the eighth. Sale had consistently lived in the upper 90's earlier in the season while putting together his Cy Young campaign. Hicks sounded hopeful that he'll be back in the lineup for Game 2. The veteran has performed like a surefire Hall of Famer over the course of his career with the exception of two situations: when he's facing the Yankees and when he's pitching in the playoffs. Tanaka went 3-1 with a sharp 2.79 ERA in his last five starts of the season.

Price, 33, holds a 2-8 playoff record - both wins in relief - and 5.03 ERA. "This is the playoffs", said Martinez, who signed with Boston as a free agent in the off-season. In fact, Boston relievers had a cumulative 4.84 ERA in 126 1/3 innings.

Severino started the AL wild-card game against Oakland on Wednesday night, pitching four shutout innings as the Yankees advanced to the ALDS.

Judge started the trouble against Price with one out in the first.

NY should feel confident in giving the ball to Happ in Game 1. The Yankees will hand the ball to 29-year old right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, and the Red Sox will send 33-year old left-hander David Price to the hill.

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Sanchez, whose batting average didn't top.200 after June 8, also had a solo shot in the second inning to give NY a 2-0 lead.

TOP PERFORMERS: Miguel Andujar has 169 hits for the Yankees this season.

Bill James created a stat called Game Score that in one number consolidates items such as hits, walks, strikeouts, innings, etc. The Yankees failed to cash in on their chances in game one, going 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. New York's bats have gotten hot at the right time, and it could be what ultimately propels them to the ALCS. Hembree had a 4.20 ERA and 1.33 WHIP (compared to Kelly's 4.39/1.36), but Hembree was hit hard over most of August and September (14 innings, 10 earned run, five homers). Home-field advantage was big during the regular season series. Andrew McCutchen has a.421 on-base percentage since being acquired on August 31, and Luke Voit had more home runs than any AL player from August 24 through the end of the regular season. But his postseason struggles have caused Red Sox fans to sour on him, and vice-versa; he can opt out of his contract after the season, and if he can find something close to the four years and $124 million he is owed, he might just take it.

"I was just trying to get one down and I put a good swing on it", Martinez said.

The Yankees will counter Friday with left-hander J.A. Happ, who is 7-0 (2.69 ERA) since coming to NY in a mideseason trade with Toronto. As mentioned, David Price has scuffled in a big way against the Yankees this season, and he has served up nine home runs in his 15.2 innings pitched against NY this season.

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