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Clearly, no one rooting for the home team expected anything like this. Brock Holt bettered the grand slam cracked by Johnny Damon with the first postseason cycle in major-league history. In the eighth, facing lefty Stephen Tarpley, he hit an RBI double, putting himself a homer shy of history. Or you can just look at it this way: In the autumn of 2018 two of the best three teams in baseball (the other one is already bound for the ALCS) still have nine innings, or 18 perhaps, in which to decide their seasons. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series? The win over Oakland in last week's wild-card game improved NY to 7-0 at home in the postseason since the start of the 2017 playoffs. The 56 at-bats Gardner has against Porcello are the most of his career against any pitcher. "So it just turned into a really bad inning for us", Boone said.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39).

Aaron Hicks is back to leading things off for NY after he left Game 1 with a hamstring injury. He jumped on the first pitch, a knuckleball from Tim Wakefield that didn't move enough, and smashed it into the left-field stands for a walk-off home run that sent the Yankees to the World Series. "Watching from afar past year, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw, intense connection that the fan base had with the players, and that created a lot of buzz going into the winter obviously". How it was four score and 19 years ago that the trade of all trades happened (Ruth to the Yankees, cash back to Boston); and that it was 40 years ago when Bucky Dent hit that ball of Mike Torrez in Game 163; and that it's been 15 years since Dave Roberts stole second base in the ninth; and.

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel tossed a football with pitching coach Dana LeVangie before throwing a baseball in the outfield. It all added up to a 16-1 Red Sox blowout, as the majority of the 49,657 fans on hand at the start were long gone by the inevitable finish in Game 3 of the A.L. Division Series.

That will depend heavily, of course, on the work of Rick Porcello. The game got away so completely in the fourth inning that Nathan Eovaldi could afford to challenge Yankee hitters without any real fear of effect. Porcello hasn't gone seven innings in a game since August 20, so he'll have to rediscover what worked for him at times this season.

For the Red Sox to salvage this game, their beleaguered bullpen would have to keep the Yankees' offense at bay for the rest of the game, and their own lineup would need to chip away at what was then a three-run lead against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka and the army of flamethrowing relievers they had in reserve.

New York's bullpen has allowed one run in 10 innings, led by Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and Aroldis Chapman. That's not the most encouraging recent history.

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Bumped up a day in front of Porcello, he delivered a gem in his first postseason appearance. The over is 6-1-1 in the last eight Boston games overall. He's pitched well against the Yankees this year too, outside of that one start in the Bronx.

The Astros went 2-5 against the Yankees this season. He was pulled after four straight batters reached in the fourth.

Meanwhile Sabathia was a mixed bag against the Red Sox this season.

The Sox solved Yankees ace Luis Severino and knocked him out of the game in the fourth inning. It's all about tonight.

So, what does this mean for the Yankees, and who will the Red Sox start after Eovaldi?

First pitch is at 8:07 p.m.