The schedule makers had gone a little batty in 2017, squeezing six Yankees-Red Sox games into a 10-day, mid-August period.
I think this is a game the Yankees need to win an fortunately Severino is one of their best...
In just his second game back from an oblique injury that cost him more than a month, Hicks blasted a two-run homer that sparked a five-run rally in the eighth and then made a terrific throw to get Eduardo Nunez at third base in the ninth to bail out Aroldis Chapman. Hicks made the catch just in front of the warning track and fired a strike to Frazier, who made a nice pick of the one-hop throw and tagged Nuñez for the second out.
The Red Sox's moves before the deadline weren't as splashy as those of the Yankees.
Coming in, the Yankees had scored two or fewer runs six times in their previous eight games, and they remained on that familiar road of futility for seven innings.
"That's as impressive stuff as you're going to see", Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Adam Warren took over with a runner on first base and two outs, and stopped the bleeding there.
And for a while, it appeared that lead would swell to 5.5 games over the second-place Yanks (61-53). Jean Segura's throwing error allowed Mike Trout to score the tiebreaking run, leaving the Angels and Mariners a half-game behind Minnesota for the second AL wild-card berth. "It doesn't fall off".
For the first two weeks of his tenure with the Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez could do no wrong.
At least that's how it felt in the Bronx on Friday night.
Boston and NY met while 1-2 in the division this late in the season for the first time since 2011. Newly acquired Chris Sale is the leading candidate to win the AL Cy Young, but last year's victor, Rick Porcello, has regressed to a 4.63 ERA/4.39 FIP.
Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run seventh as the White Sox send the Royals to their fifth straight loss, 6-3. During his streak, he has a 2.27 ERA in eight starts.
"I do believe there's a means to an end with this", said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who has always believed in pushing the envelope on the bases.
The opener of a three-game series between last-place San Francisco and first-place Washington was rained out, meaning the start of the series is pushed back to Saturday. Rodriguez is seeing NY for the first time this season and is 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA in seven career starts versus the Yankees.
In seven career appearances (six starts), Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 3.00 against the Yankees.
The Boston Red Sox hold two years of options on Chris Sale's contract for a total of $26 million. Garcia began his career with the St. Louis Cardinals but was hurt when they played Boston in the 2013 World Series and is seeing the Red Sox for the first time.
The Red Sox gave David Price a seven-year, $217 million contract before the 2016 season, which may prevent Dave Dombrowski from committing big, long-term money to Sale, who will be 30 when he's eligible for free agency.
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