Yankees cross picket line in Boston, prompting union outrage

Doug Mendoza
October 9, 2018

The Red Sox bullpen lived on the wild side, but in the end they protected the lead as the Sox beat the Yankees 5-4 in Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park Friday night. The Red Sox and Yankees haven't met in the playoffs since their 2004 classic - remembered for Dave Roberts's steal, Curt Schilling's bloody sock, and the Sox's comeback from a three-games-to-none deficit.

The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead when J.D. Martinez belted a three-run home run into the Green Monster seats in the bottom of the first inning to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.

HUNT FOR MR. OCTOBER As a Cy Young victor and three-time finalist, David Price has been one of the best regular-season pitchers of his generation.

Don't forget Boston's No.3 starter, Rick Porcello, who has a 5.47 ERA in 24.2 playoff innings. The team with the starter with the better Game Score won nine of the first 10 games this month, and in the only one that it did not the Rockies' Tyler Anderson (one run, six innings) had a slightly better Game Score than the Brewers' Jhoulys Chacin in Game 2 of their Division Series, but Chacin (five innings, no runs) was still terrific. This time, it's the Red Sox that have been the better team all season long and are supposed to advance to the next round.

In their last two one-and-done trips to the ALDS, Sox starters owned an 11.09 ERA.

Watch for Gary Sanchez in this one. During the season homers accounted for 40.2 percent of runs.

"I still remember he pitched Game 163 in Texas and he threw a complete game (a 5-2 win for Tampa Bay in 2013)".

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David Price will get the game two nod in his 18th career postseason appearance. Tanaka was 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA in five September starts. The 6-foot-5 left-hander struggled against the Yankees this season, going 0-3 with a bad 10.34 ERA in four starts, and he stands at 15-14 with a weak 4.90 ERA in 250 career innings against the Bronx Bombers.

YEP, that just happened. He'll face Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka of Japan. He threw 49 pitches through three innings - which included two walks - and an 11-pitch at-bat with Aaron Hicks to open the fourth set him back.

Home games: The home team was 7-1 in these playoffs, 8-2 if you include the play-in games - the Cubs had both losses at Wrigley.

I am taking the over in this one.

The Red Sox won the final game of the regular season last Sunday to win the season series 10-9 - and are 29-28 in the last 57 games between the rivals. Last week, during the Yankees' regular-season series finale at Boston, Happ gave up a grand slam in an otherwise solid six-inning, seven-strikeout performance.

Kershaw (1-0) led the Dodgers to their second consecutive shutout in the series after earning a 6-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday.

Brian Lang, president of Local 26 of Unite Here, called Yankees players "scabs" and urged striking hotel workers to chant "Yankees Suck" on Friday. Kelly's saving graces are his 100-mph fastball and his low home-run rate - 0.5 allowed per nine innings - against a NY team that set a major-league record with 267 this season.

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