Yankees ace Luis Severino not seeing eye to eye with Pedro Martinez

Gammons For some of the best players in the game insecurity is a powerful tool

Gammons For some of the best players in the game insecurity is a powerful tool

The game ended on Torres' slow roller to third, where a charging Eduardo Nunez fielded and made a strong throw to nip the hustling rookie by half a step.

Following Benintendi's hit, the Red Sox extended the lead on a single to left by Steve Pearce off Chad Green. The Yankees challenged, but it wasn't that close. Houston won the first matchup 2-1, on April 30 at Minute Maid Park. The season matchups included a four-game series in Houston and a three-game series in NY.

While it's true that Severino was far-less effective post-All-Star break - and he and Martinez do have a relationship, as the two worked out together during the winter of 2016 in their native Dominican Republic, the 24-year-old Severino made it clear he never said anything about an injury to the former Red Sox star.

Holt completed the cycle with a solo home run off of Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who was on the mound for the final inning, in the ninth. On the bright side, the Red Sox were second in the majors in runs (267) and average (.268) in the seventh inning or later. Jeered as he walked to the dugout during a seven-run burst in the fourth, it soon was 10-0.

"It's unbelievable", adds Didi Gregorius of the Stadium atmosphere.

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton, bad all series, swung at a pair of curveballs nowhere near the plate to give Kimbrel a little breathing room, but he walked Luke Voit and hit Neil Walker with a pitch to force in a run. I'd expect him to be strong again tonight before turning it over to one of the best pullpens in baseball. "I know with the (Yankees-Red Sox) rivalry and everything, we've played some games there and it's been loud, but nothing like the way it's going to be on Monday".

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"No choice but to flush", manager Aaron Boone said.

When Boone brought in Zach Britton to start the fourth, Christian Vazquez led off with an opposite-field drive over the short porch in right field for his first career postseason homer.

Most notably, Darling received criticism for being insensitive in analyzing the outing Saturday by Masahiro Tanaka, a Japanese pitcher who started for the Yankees in Game 2. "Major League Baseball needs to do something about Angel". While the Boston pitching (eighth-best ERA) and Houston batting (sixth in runs) are very good in their own right, this series is about Red Sox bats vs Astros arms. Entering Monday, Holt was 0-for-8 against the right-hander this season. Brett Gardner walked twice in four plate appearances. David Price suffered the loss as he surrendered three earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings.

CC Sabathia plans to pitch next season, even if it means leaving the New York Yankees to find a contract. If he pitches poorly, it'll be because he doesn't execute, not because he gets spooked.

Despite the minor blip in the radar, Severino will look to build off his solid, yet shortened Wild Card start - when he tossed four innings of shutout ball while striking out seven and allowing two hits. "Steven (Wright) gets hurt at 4:00 before Game 1".

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