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The Red Sox celebrate winning the World Series. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
The Red Sox celebrate winning the World Series. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions for the fourth time since 2004.

Led by Steve Pearce and David Price, the Red Sox won the 2018 World Series in five games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After winning 108 games in the regular season, the Red Sox beat the Yankees in four games in the ALDS and the defending champion Houston Astros in five games in the ALCS.

They used a 5-1 win in Game 5 for their first title since 2013 and fourth since breaking the Curse of the Bambino.

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The Red Sox celebrate winning the World Series. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
The Red Sox celebrate winning the World Series. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions for the fourth time since 2004.

Led by Steve Pearce and David Price, the Red Sox won the 2018 World Series in five games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After winning 108 games in the regular season, the Red Sox beat the Yankees in four games in the ALDS and the defending champion Houston Astros in five games in the ALCS.

They used a 5-1 win in Game 5 for their first title since 2013 and fourth since breaking the Curse of the Bambino.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

New York is stepping up its trash talk game with Boston fans.

Despite the Red Sox reaching the World Series and ending the Yankees' season, New York is refusing to back down in its rivalry with New England sports teams. 

A mock New York City Department of Sanitation ad was created with the slogan, "Keep NYC Trash Free," and included a picture of a fan with a backward Red Sox hat, Patriots jersey and holding a Sam Adams beer with a circle and slash through it over the fan's face. 

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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar reacts after driving in the winning run with a single to right field against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar reacts after driving in the winning run with a single to right field against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

Red Sox infielder and former Yankee Eduardo Nunez says the Yankees have a special player in Miguel Andujar.

"I think he can be a superstar, and not later, soon," Nunez told the New York Post Monday ahead of Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers Tuesday at Fenway Park. "That's because of his hitting. He can play in the big time."

During the "big time" this postseason, however, the AL Rookie of the Year candidate often found himself on the bench. After going 1-for-8 in the first three games of the ALDS against the Red Sox, Andujar was left off the Yankee lineup for the season-ending Game 4. Aaron Boone also pulled him for defensive purposes in the middle of Game 2 as well in as the Wild Card Game.

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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

With Red Sox in World Series, here are 3 things Yankees fans can look forward to for next season

Yankees fans are feeling pretty down again after watching the Red Sox disperse the Astros in five games to win the American League pennant. After all, this was supposed to be the year the Yankees would be back on top and their rivals in Beantown continue to twist the knife into the 2018 season.

While the Red Sox will be competing for a World Series title and the Yankees are stuck golfing in October, it may be hard to find any optimism. While next season seems distant at the moment, there is reason to look forward to 2019 despite Boston's recent run. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees are 'absolutely convinced' RHP Luis Severino tipped his pitches in Monday's 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS, Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman said on WFAN Thursday morning.

Severino, who allowed six runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, surrendered seven batted balls that had exit velocities of at least 100 mph.

Severino's arm slot did not change based on the pitch, according to USA TODAY's Andrew Joseph, but there is a video of Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. mouthing the word "fastball" during a second-inning at-bat against Brock Holt...

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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; The Boston Red Sox celebrate beating the New York Yankees in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; The Boston Red Sox celebrate beating the New York Yankees in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If they can make it here, they can make it anywhere. 

The Red Sox champagne celebration following their 4-3 win over the Yankees included the clubhouse speakers blaring Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" after they eliminated the Bombers from the postseason. 

The song, played after every Yankees game, was played by Aaron Judge as he was leaving Fenway Park following a 6-2 Game 2 win by the Yankees. 

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Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are on the brink of elimination after an embarrassing 16-1 Red Sox rout in ALDS Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, the most lopsided defeat in their postseason history.

Yankees Notes

The Yankees have their backs against the wall after Boston made Aaron Boone regret sending a struggling (and possibly tardyLuis Severino back on the mound for the fourth inning. The Sox also pummeled reliever Lance Lynn in that seven-run frame, as former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi went on to shut down his former team, while Brock Holt became the first player ever to hit for the cycle in the postseason...

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)

BRONX, N.Y. -- This was a moment when analytics couldn't really help Aaron Boone. Nor could his ability to connect with players, a skill Brian Cashman cited as a primary reason for changing managers last year.

This was, in fact, exactly the type of moment that has become all too under-valued in this era of Ivy League-educated GMs who have taken to hiring cookie-cutter managers mostly to implement data and carry out orders from the baseball ops guys.

In short, watching the game still matters. Making decisions on the fly in the dugout isn't always as easy as it looks from a luxury suite, especially in the cauldron of post-season baseball.

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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees' worst nightmare came true. 

Luis Severino reverted back to the pitcher who struggled much of the second half in Monday's Game 3 against the Red Sox and Aaron Boone left him in a few batters too long as he was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning and the Yankees fell behind, 7-0. 

Severino finished with six earned runs on seven hits and two walks in three innings pitched. Three more runs were charged to him when Lance Lynn was unable to hold the runners he inherited in the fourth inning after Boone chose to send Severino back out to start the inning.

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Aaron Boone talks Game 3 defeat 00:03:56
Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains what went wrong for Luis Severino and the Bombers as they got crushed by Boston, 16-1 in ALDS Game 3.

Luis Severino allowed six runs in three-plus innings, including three in a seven-run fourth inning, as the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) After throwing four scoreless innings in last Wednesday's wild-card game, Severino (0-1) gave up six runs, seven hits and two walks on Monday, getting pulled after he loaded the bases in the fourth. Lance Lynn surrendered a bases-loaded walk to Mookie Betts and a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi that gave the Red Sox a 7-0 lead.

2) Severino's counterpart, Nathan Eovaldi, shut down the Yankees, allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings as the Red Sox took a 2-1 series lead.

Tags: Austin Romine, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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Yankees talk Game 4 loss 00:01:04
CC Sabathia, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez talk about the Yankees loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALDS.

It was too little, too late for the Yankees. A ninth inning rally gave the Yankees a chance to win the game but Craig Kimbrel righted the ship and got Gleyber Torres to ground out with two runners on to end the game and the Yankees' season. >> Box score


1) The Red Sox bullpen shut down the Yankees until Kimbrel came in and struggled with the strike zone. He allowed two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman but ultimately settled down to finish the job. The final out was decided after a replay review, putting the Red Sox celebration at a momentary halt.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gleyber Torres, Boston Red Sox
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The ALDS shifts gears as the Yankees return home with the series tied, 1-1, and a chance to take the lead against the Red Sox. 

Yankees Notes

The Yankees jumped all over Red Sox starter David Price, tagging him for three runs and knocking him out of the game after 1.2 innings en route to a 6-2 victory. The Yankees are 2-1 in ALDS Game 3 with the series tied a 1-1 and are 13-6 all-time in ALDS Game 3's. ...Gary Sanchez recorded his first multi-home run postseason game with a pair of blasts in Game 2. Aaron Judge homered in Game 2 and joined Hank Bauer and Johnny Mize as the only MLB players to homer in their first three postseason games. ...Andrew McCutchen knocked in his first career postseason run with a RBI single in Game 2. 

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks and manager Aaron Boone are both hopeful the 29-year-old outfielder will return to the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday after he aggravated a hamstring injury in Game 1.

"I feel good," Hicks told reporters on Sunday. "When I woke up today, things are just going well. When I was walking around, everything felt pretty much normal."

Hicks, who hit .248 with 27 home runs and 79 RBIs in the regular season, left Friday's Game 1 with a hamstring injury and did not play in Game 2. An MRI came back clean, however the Yankees want to be cautious.

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Yankees talk ALDS Game 3 00:01:50
Aaron Boone addresses the song choices of Aaron Judge, and also the potential for Luis Severino and the team as they come home for Game 3.

Despite having a 5.57 ERA in the second half of the season and throwing four-plus innings in the wild-card game, Yankees RHP Luis Severino is confident he can give New York a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday.

"I feel like in baseball it's more important [in] the second half than the first half," Severino said at Sunday's press conference. "I don't know why that is, but I always have confidence in myself. I know my struggle, and I know what it was that wasn't working that time. So I never lose my confidence in myself. The last couple outings, I came back and doing a better job."

The 24-year-old Severino, who has pitched more than five innings just once in five postseason starts, faces Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox, a team against whom he has gone 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in five starts this season.

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Aaron Boone talks Game 2 victory 00:02:30
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about how Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, and Masahiro Tanaka contributed to a win in Game 2 of the ALDS.

David Price was knocked out early, Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, and the Yankees bounced back from a series-opening loss to beat the Red Sox on Saturday night, 6-2, in Game 2 of the ALDS. >> Box score


1) David Price hasn't had the edge over the Yankees since coming over to Boston, and that proved true again tonight. He lasted just 1.2 innings after allowing three runs on three hits, including two solo shots from Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Price owns a 7.95 ERA in 12 starts against the Yankees this season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees look to bounce back and tie up the ALDS against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The Yankees chipped away at the Red Sox' early lead in Game 1, but eventually fell 5-4 to go down 0-1 in the series. However, they have advanced in six of the seven ALDS they have lost the opener. ...Luke Voit collected two RBI in each of his first postseason games. He had an RBI single and beat out a potential double play last night to score two runs. ...Aaron Judge set a postseason career-high with three hits last night, including a solo homer in the ninth. ...Yankees hitters have hit three homers in their first two postseason contests.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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Yankees talk Game 1 loss 00:01:02
Aaron Boone, J.A. Happ, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton explain what went wrong in the Yankees Game 1 loss in the ALDS.

The Yankees were knocking on the door, but the Red Sox shut them out in a 5-4 thriller in Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park >> Box score


1) J.A. Happ was entrusted to take care of the Sox to kick off this series, but his stuff just wasn't there. After allowing a single to Andre Benintendi and walking Steve Pearce, J.D. Martinez got the best of a 2-0 fastball and sent it over the Green Monster for a three-run homer. Then, in the bottom of the third, Happ was pulled after allowing runners on the corners to start. Chad Green didn't help allowing both runners across. Overall, Happ allowed five runs on four hits while striking out two and walking one over just two innings and 44 pitches. 

2) The Yankees began chipping away at the Red Sox' bullpen in the sixth inning after Chris Sale came out with two runners on. Luke Voit singled home Brett Gardner, while Didi Gregorius avoided a double play to bring home Giancarlo Stanton. But they missed a huge opportunity with bases loaded when Gleyber Torres struck out to end the inning. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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Sep 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (29) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (29) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees and Red Sox renew their rivalry in the American League Division Series on Friday night at Fenway Park at 7:32 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The Yankees advanced to the ALDS after defeating the A's in the AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night, 7-2. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge both mashed homers, while Luke Voit had a two-RBI triple in the win. ...This is the first time these two teams have met in the playoffs in 14 years. ...Judge became the first play to homer in multiple Wild Card Games. Stanton's homer had the highest postseason exit velocity since the Statcast era at 117.4 mph.

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Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Sometimes the more things change, the more things stay the same.

It seemed inevitable in a way that the Yankees and Red Sox, two AL East heavyweights were destined to meet up in the American League Division Series.
 
The last time both teams faced off in the postseason the self-proclaimed "Idiots" pulled off the greatest comeback in MLB history during the 2004 ALCS -- a time Bombers fans, undoubtedly, would love to forget.

But if you do want to think back to 14 years ago, there are some similarities between then and now.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Eli Manning, Boston Red Sox, Sam Darnold
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Thanks to their power bats, the Yankees punched their ticket to the ALDS with a 7-2 over the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednedsay night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge started the game on a high note with a two-run jack to left field in the bottom of the first. The ball had a 116-mph exit velocity as it found its way to the bleachers. 

2) The Yankees had a power-packed sixth inning to pull away. Aaron Hicks doubled home Judge, and after a walk to Giancarlo StantonLuke Voit hit a two-run triple to right field to make it 5-0. Then, after a challenge, Voit was deemed safe on a Didi Gregorius sac fly to add another run. 

3) Luis Severino redeemed himself from last season's Wild Card Game with four scoreless innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven. He did find himself in a couple binds with walks and an error allowing some A's on base. But he got out of his jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth. Dellin Betances also saved his line with stellar pitching after inheriting two runners on with no outs in the fifth. 

Tags: Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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Thanks to their power bats, the Yankees punched their ticket to the ALDS with a 7-2 over the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednedsay night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge started the game on a high note with a two-run jack to left field in the bottom of the first. The ball had a 116-mph exit velocity as it found its way to the bleachers. 

2) The Yankees had a power-packed sixth inning to pull away. Aaron Hicks doubled home Judge, and after a walk to Giancarlo StantonLuke Voit hit a two-run triple to right field to make it 5-0. Then, after a challenge, Voit was deemed safe on a Didi Gregorius sac fly to add another run. 

3) Luis Severino redeemed himself from last season's Wild Card Game with four scoreless innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven. He did find himself in a couple binds with walks and an error allowing some A's on base. But he got out of his jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth. Dellin Betances also saved his line with stellar pitching after inheriting two runners on with no outs in the fifth. 

Tags: Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

The Yankees couldn't complete the sweep of the Red Sox to finish off their regular season in a 10-2 loss at Fenway Park on Sunday. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge hit his first homer since coming off the DL to tie the single-season record of 264 homers by a team, which was set by the Mariners. Luke Voit also went deep, hitting his 13th homer of the month -- the most in the Majors. Gary Sanchez put the Yankees on the board early in the game with a shot over the Green Monster as well.

2) J.A. Happ had one bad hiccup in an outing that was convincing to start the Wild Card Game. He allowed four runs -- all of which came on a Steve Pearce grand slam -- while striking out seven and walking two over six innings. The five innings before the bad sixth inning, Happ was lights out and proved to be WCG quality. 

3) Every player in the Yankees lineup collected a hit tonight, with four players getting multi-hit games. Aaron Hicks had the most RBI with three while Gleyber Torres had a two-RBI double. Judge finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored. 

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Aug 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is congratulated after hitting a two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is congratulated after hitting a two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees broke the single-season home run record during their 8-5 win over the Red Sox in Boston on Saturday. >> Box score


1. Gleyber Torres' two-run homer into the Red Sox bullpen in the top of the fourth inning set an MLB record for homers in a season (265). Giancarlo Stanton, who reached 100 RBI, then went deep in the seventh to left to push it to No. 266.

2. Miguel Andujar hit his 45th double to set a Yankee rookie record. Joe DiMaggio had 44 in 1936.

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Andrew McCutchen (26) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Andrew McCutchen (26) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees tied the single-season home run record with three long balls in their 11-6 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Fridasy night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge hit his first homer since coming off the DL to tie the single-season record of 264 homers by a team, which was set by the Mariners. Luke Voit also went deep, hitting his 13th homer of the month -- the most in the Majors. Gary Sanchez put the Yankees on the board early in the game with a shot over the Green Monster as well.

2) J.A. Happ had one bad hiccup in an outing that was convincing to start the Wild Card Game. He allowed four runs -- all of which came on a Steve Pearce grand slam -- while striking out seven and walking two over six innings. The five innings before the bad sixth inning, Happ was lights out and proved to be WCG quality. 

3) Every player in the Yankees lineup collected a hit tonight, with four players getting multi-hit games. Aaron Hicks had the most RBI with three while Gleyber Torres had a two-RBI double. Judge finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored. 

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Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The Mets rallied from an early deficit to help Jacob deGrom but the Red Sox scored a run in the eighth to win the rubber game, 4-3, Sunday at Fenway Park.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Seth Lugo allowed a tie-breaking sacrifice fly to Andrew Benentendi in the eighth inning. Tzu-Wei Lin led off the inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run two batters later. Lugo (3-4) surrendered a run for only the second time in his last eight appearances.

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Yankees missing Judge, Sanchez 00:04:59
The BNNY panel discusses the New York Yankees' offensive ineptitude with sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez missing from the lineup.

Aroldis Chapman blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning and Jonathan Holder allowed a walk-off single to Andrew Benintendi in the 10th inning as the Yankees' losing streak reached five games with a 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Box score


1) Holder (1-3) allowed a two-out single to Sandy Leon in the 10th inning and then threw a wild pitch to move him to second. After intentionally walking Mookie Betts, Benintendi singled up the middle to drive in pinch runner Tony Renda for their 28th win in their last 35 games.

2) Chapman allowed three runs (two earned) on one hit, three walks and one error in the bottom of the ninth to snap a stretch of 22 straight saves converted. After walking the bases loaded, he allowed a two-run single to J.D. Martinez that turned a 4-1 lead into a one-run advantage. Chapman then got Xander Bogaerts to ground to third, but Miguel Andujar's throw fell short of Greg Bird's stretched glove and allowed Betts to score the tying run.

3) The Yankees, who scored all four of their runs in the seventh inning, have lost five games in a row for the first time since they lost seven straight from June 13-20 last season. They fell to 9 1/2 games back of first place.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka had his streak of 21 2/3 straight innings without giving up a run end when he allowed a solo home run to Mookie Betts in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Tanaka, who last allowed a run on July 15, took a shutout into the fifth inning Sunday when Betts lined a 2-0 cutter over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

Since giving up a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth inning on July 15, Tanaka hadn't given up a run in nearly 22 straight innings. He threw a three-hit shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24 and threw six scoreless innings in his previous outing on July 31.

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks sits during a pitching change during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks sits during a pitching change during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees look to avoid their fifth straight loss when they face the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have lost four games in a row to fall 8 1/2 games back of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Despite that, they have the third-best record in the American League and hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the Oakland A's for the first wild-card spot. ... Yankees relievers have a 7.56 ERA in the month of August, allowing 14 runs and 26 hits in 16 2/3 innings.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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Bird's slump continues 00:03:25
The BNNY panel discusses Greg Bird's struggles at the plate, and how long the Yankees can wait for an improvement in a tight division race.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Not all the prospects make it, no matter how much we like them and regardless of the evident talent.

There was a point that Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, then 22 years old, filled fans' visions of a new beginning at the position. Bird's sweet swing, seemingly built for Yankee Stadium as well as patience at the plate made it easy to envision him in pinstripes for years to come.

Bird was spectacular over a two-month stretch as Mark Teixeira's replacement when the veteran went down with an injury in 2015. Bird was so good in fact that it seemed as if it would be rather simple for the Yankees to transition from Teixeira when the veteran's contract would come to an end the following season...

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Red Sox crushed Yankees pitching on Saturday night, manager Aaron Boone was hoping his ace would flip the script in the rubber match on Sunday. Luis Severino was up for the challenge

Severino won his league-leading 13th game of the season on Sunday with an 11-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. He struck out six batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and leaving five Boston hitters stranded on the basepaths as he won his fourth straight start.

This outing was the exact opposite of his first start against the Sox this season, where he allowed five runs over five innings. His second outing was much better with 11 strikeouts and only two runs crossing the plate on his watch.

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Boone on Hicks' special night 00:00:24
Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses Aaron Hicks' three-home run night in the team's 11-1 win over the Red Sox.

Aaron Hicks made history in Sunday's 11-1 win by becoming the third Yankee ever to hit three home runs in a game against the Red Sox.

Hicks homered in the second and fourth innings off David Price, and added his third home run of the game off Hector Velazquez in the eighth inning as New York moved back into a first-place tie atop the AL East.

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Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Boston Red Sox
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Boone on Hicks' special night 00:00:24
Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses Aaron Hicks' three-home run night in the team's 11-1 win over the Red Sox.

Aaron Hicks hit three of the Yankees' six home runs en route to an 11-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Hicks homered in the second and fourth innings off David Price and hit his third home run of the game in the eighth inning off Hector Velazquez to become the first Yankee since Alex Rodriguez in 2015 to hit three home runs in a game.

2) Aaron Judge went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning while Gleyber Torres hit a three-run shot later in the inning as New York jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Kyle Higashioka's first MLB hit was a solo home run down the left-field line in the fourth inning as the Yankees set a franchise record for home runs hit as a team before the All-Star break. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly (56) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly (56) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

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The Yankees and Red Sox meet this weekend in the Bronx in a virtual dead heat, meaning this is just the beginning of what should develop into a wild summer.

Each squad is surely primed for another long run of success, though they both may well slow down as the dog days of summer hit full stride. I.e., the games they play against each other matter that much more. Cue the heated rivalry talk, which finally has some backbone behind it.

Indeed, the intensity level is once again palpable when the Yankees and Sox face each other, as evidenced by their early season bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park. The teams may not hate each other as was seemingly the case in years past, yet the fire on both sides is evident.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees and Red Sox meet this weekend in the Bronx in a virtual dead heat, meaning this is just the beginning of what should develop into a wild summer.

Each squad is surely primed for another long run of success, though they both may well slow down as the dog days of summer hit full stride. I.e., the games they play against each other matter that much more. Cue the heated rivalry talk, which finally has some backbone behind it.

Indeed, the intensity level is once again palpable when the Yankees and Sox face each other, as evidenced by their early season bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park. The teams may not hate each other as was seemingly the case in years past, yet the fire on both sides is evident.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Boston Red Sox
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

Sonny Gray failed to make it past the fourth inning for the second time in three starts this season in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Gray (1-1) surrendered six runs, seven hits and two walks in three innings as New York fell to 6-7 and lost for the fifth time in its last seven games.

"I just didn't execute very well," Gray said after the game, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "It just made it hard all the way around."

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 (Orlando Ramirez)
(Orlando Ramirez)

Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview with the Mets this week, according to Newsday's Marc Carig, and is expected to meet with the Red Sox to interview for their managerial vacancy, according to The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy

While Cora is also reportedly drawing interest from the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, he is considered Boston's top managerial candidate, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

A 14-year MLB veteran, Cora has been a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League and served as the country's GM in the World Baseball Classic this spring. He interviewed for several managerial positions last winter, but ultimately joined Houston's coaching staff last November.

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the Yankees' 2-1 win on Saturday, they lost out on the American League East Division to the Red Sox, as Boston pulled out a victory over Houston. 

The Yankees will host Twins in the Wild Card game as the top seed on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The Red Sox have guaranteed themselves a spot in the ALDS and will take on the Astros. 

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Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) steals second base against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) steals second base against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

After the Yankees complained to Major League Baseball about the Red Sox stealing signs, Boston has fired back with its own complaint against New York. 

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Red Sox filed a complaint to the league about the Yankees pointing a YES Network camera at Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina during last weekend's series at Yankee Stadiium.

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Boston red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister (38) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister (38) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

In addition to the Yankees' original complaint to Major League Baseball about the Red Sox stealing signs, New York also alleged that pitcher Doug Fister used an illegal earpiece.

According to CSNE, the Yankees thought Fister was using the earpiece during his start last Friday in the Bronx. However, after watching a replay of the game, it was determined that Fister had put his mouth guard on his ear after finish his outing. In the start, Fister allowed one run over seven innings.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi breaks down his team's 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Luis Severino shut down the Red Sox for six innings while Aaron Judge's two-run home run capped a six-run sixth inning as the New York Yankees won the final game of a four-game series against Boston 9-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in a start against the Red Sox on Aug. 12, Severino (12-6) struck out nine batters and allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings, as the Yankees pulled within 3 1/2 games of the AL East lead.

The Yankees hit three solo home runs off Chris Sale, but erupted for six runs -- all with two outs -- in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Matt Holliday, Boston Red Sox, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees conclude their four-game series with the Red Sox on Sunday at 7:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox Yankees
Eduardo Nunez, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Andrew Benintendi, LF Chase Headley, 1B
Mookie Betts, RF Gary Sanchez, C
Mitch Moreland, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Aaron Judge, RF
Rafael Devers, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Hanley Ramirez, DH Matt Holliday, DH
Sandy Leon, C Todd Frazier, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia called out Eduardo Nunez and the Boston Red Sox after Thursday's game for trying to bunt on him for the second straight matchup.

Sabathia called the Red Sox "weak" and then challenged the division rivals by saying, "If they've got something to say, we can meet in center field," according to the New York Daily News' John Harper.

With one out in the first inning, Nunez dropped down a bunt, which forced Sabathia off the mound. He rushed his throw, which pulled Greg Bird off first base for an error and allowing Nunez to reach.

"It's just kind of weak to me,'' Sabathia said after the Yankees' 6-2 win. "It shows me what they've got over there."

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Jordan Montgomery allowed four earned runs in 2 2/3 innings during a loss Sunday. (Kathy Willens)
Jordan Montgomery allowed four earned runs in 2 2/3 innings during a loss Sunday. (Kathy Willens)

The New York Yankees (64-55) will begin a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox (69-51) at Fenway Park on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

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Yankees on 3-2 loss to Boston 00:00:53
Joe Girardi and Aroldis Chapman discuss Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in heartbreaking fashion

Tommy Kahnle allowed a go-ahead RBI single to Andrew Benintendi in the top of the 10th inning after Aroldis Chapman blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees lost their second straight game to the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After the Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Todd Frazier's sac fly, Chapman surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Red Sox 20-year-old rookie Rafael Devers in the top of the ninth.

In the top of the 10th, Chapman hit Jackie Bradley Jr. and walked Eduardo Nunez with one out before he was pulled in favor of Kahnle, who walked Mookie Betts and gave up Benintendi's RBI single.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Boston Red Sox
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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The New York Yankees (61-54) wrap up their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox (66-50) on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox Yankees
Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brett Gardner, LF
Mookie Betts, RF Aaron Hicks, CF
Andrew Benintendi, LF Aaron Judge, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Gary Sanchez, DH
Chris Young, DH Todd Frazier, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Brock Holt, 2B Chase Headley, 1B
Sandy Leon, C Ronald Torreyes, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Austin Romine, C
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (61-53) play the second game of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (65-50) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (60-53) open a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (65-49) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today
July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today

Several teams, including three American League playoff contenders, are interested in acquiring Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrerasources told New York Post reporter Mike Puma.

Cabrera, who is due roughly $4 million the rest of this season, will move from second to third base when 2B Neil Walker returns from the disabled list next week. He mostly played shortstop the last 10 years.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians, David Wright, Neil Walker, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

New York's offense was shut out for the first time all season as the Yankees lost Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Boston Red Sox, 3-0, Sunday night at Fenway Park. >> Box score


Despite recording seven hits off David Price, the Yankees went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving two runners stranded in the first and seventh innings.

Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 and was robbed of a two-run home run in the eighth inning when Jackie Bradley Jr. leaped and caught a ball at the wall in the triangle in center field. Judge went 1-for-18 in the four-game series, as his batting average has dropped from .329 to .313 since the All-Star break.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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