Betts looks to keep rolling as Red Sox face Yankees

MLB Game Two Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

MLB Game Two Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

Even the mighty Boston Red Sox, whose 107 wins entering Thursday are the most by a major league team since the Seattle Mariners won 116 in their historic 2001 season, have a glaring weakness as the start of the postseason approaches.

The Yankees slugger blasted a solo homer over the wall at Fenway Park while visiting the Red Sox, where a fan in a black t-shirt snagged it.

Last week, the Yankees became the first team to have 12 players hit at least 10 home runs in a season.

The MLB record for that category is 24, held by this year's Yankees - who reached the mark thanks to Giancarlo Stanton's two-homer game on Thursday - as well as the 1961 Yankees and the 1966 Braves. He and the friend who attended the game with him are not even Red Sox fans.

The home run record wasn't the only one to fall. They still have to play a wild card game against the Oakland Athletics early next week.

Cessa (1-4) got just one out, allowing four runs - three earned - on five hits. An inning later, Hicks - back after being sidelined the past three games with hamstring tightness - hit a three-run homer that drifted into the visitors' bullpen.

"That's the idea when you're an opposing fan, but I don't think that's what he meant to do", Stanton told ESPN's Coley Harvey after the game.

Arizona also put first baseman-outfielder Christian Walker (facial fractures) on the 60-day disabled list.

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"In the past couple weeks, what he's been doing for us has been huge", Judge said about Voit. "And for me the way I look at it, if there's a playoff atmosphere on the line where somebody can get knocked out, that's a heck of an environment to pitch in".

Yankees: TBA. Boone said the Yankees would decide on a starter Saturday night as they plan ahead for the wild-card game.

After the game, Stanton posted a video on Instagram that cut the footage of the Red Sox fan with footage from the 1993 movie Rookie of the Year, which was about a child who had an unnaturally strong throwing arm after getting a freak injury.

Andujar drove in two runs on a double duing New York's three-run fifth and Stanton led off the seventh with his 38th homer, a shot off Steven Wright.

Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar, who started the season in Triple-A, ripped his 44th double of the season Friday night, tying Joe DiMaggio for the franchise's rookie record.

But after dominating during the season, is it enough for Boston to go all the way?

Red Sox: In winning their third straight AL East title and setting a franchise record for wins, the Red Sox improved by 15 victories over their 2017 record.

The last time they secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs was in 2013, which was the last time they won the World Series.

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