The Red Sox attempt to win the series in Game 4, which begins at 8:07 p.m. on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium in New York City. So should the Sox expect retaliation from the Yankees in Game 4 on Tuesday?
Craig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox held off the Yankees' ninth-inning rally that ended with a video replay, eliminating NY with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night that set up a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Houston Astros.
The team was not subtle about its intentions.
In the seventh inning, with the Red Sox still up 10-1, Benintendi went ahead 3-0 against Jonathan Holder, then swung at a fastball. That has to hurt. As it stands now, the Red Sox have a slight edge, picking up 52% of bets.
Facing elimination tonight - along with the threat of seeing the Red Sox pop bottles in their stadium for the second time in less than three weeks - the Yanks are sending CC Sabathia to the mound in an attempt to force a fifth game.
"You get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound".
The Game 3 American League Divisional Series victory also gave the Red Sox a 3-1 series lead. "I'm trying to have a 1-2-3 inning but it doesn't always work out like that".
"We figured we would use some starters at times, you can do that with some of the time", Dombrowski said.
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Looking to play left-handed hitters against Severino, the first-year skipper inserted Holt at second base and Rafael Devers at third.
Meanwhile, the Yankees' Game 3 starter, Luis Severino, was annoyed by Darling's suggestion that he was being too cavalier about his professional duties. I knew I was going to be in here. "We can all sit and second - not even second guess, first guess or second guess - I would do this, and that's one of the great things about our game". David Price suffered the loss as he surrendered three earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings.
Just speaking from experience, I've never warmed up a starting pitcher who put his foot on the pitching rubber in the bullpen eight minutes before the first pitch was supposed to be thrown in a major league game.
"I'm not going out there trying to do that", Kimbrel said.
Devers singled twice, stole a base, scored two runs and knocked in another. There was occasional barking about his decisions, and Benintendi argued after he was called out on a breaking ball with the bases loaded for the final out of the eighth, a pitch that may have been outside.
Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks remained out of the lineup after missing Game 2 with tightness in his right hamstring, which forced him from the series opener Friday. "Mitch is available, but he's not 100 percent", Cora said.
Sabathia, 38, threw 153 innings with a 3.65 ERA this season. Asked whether Boone the broadcaster would have criticized Boone the manager, he smiled and said: "No, absolutely not".