Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Boston Red Sox ALDS: David Price devalued once again vs Yankees

Boston Red Sox ALDS: David Price devalued once again vs Yankees

That's thanks in part to some questionable decision-making by Yankees manager Aaron Boone in the top of the fourth inning. "Just with his stuff, we know he's going to be throwing hard and he's going to mix it up". "That's kind of what we've been waiting for to some degree, where he can take over a game on offense".

One night after Chris Sale earned his first career playoff victory, Price failed in his 10th try to win a postseason start and was booed off the field by a sold-out Fenway Park crowd hoping to see the AL East champions protect the home-field advantage they earned with a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins.

Except this wasn't a Game 7, a Game 5 or even a Game 2.

"The fans, they're out there on the field with you", Judge said. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1.

It was the longest home run of the postseason - for about five innings. Sanchez's second homer was in same direction but sailed clean out of the park, onto Lansdowne Street.

"I feel like in baseball it's more important [in] the second half than the first half", Severino said at Sunday's press conference. "But a homer is a homer".

"They make it tough for me", said Price, who was paid US$30-million this year, alone.

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The steep, sloping stands and intimate dimensions of Fenway Park, the "lyric little bandbox" of Updike's famous depiction, seem created to cause the impression, particularly on cool October nights, of walls closing in on the unsuspecting opponent standing at the center of its diamond. Price then walked back-to-back batters with two outs and gave up an Andrew McCutchen's RBI single on what could be his last pitch in a Red Sox uniform.

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award victor - and two-time runner-up for the award - Price signed a seven-year, $217 million deal to come to Boston as a free agent before the 2016 season and has pitched like an ace at times in the regular season. The solo blast was his sixth in 15 career regular season and postseason at-bats off David Price.

"I saw that he was laying off pitches that were just off, and he was able to hold up on check swings, and it just seemed like he was locked in at the plate", Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks said.

Price said he would do whatever Cora asked.

This one might sound weird so here's a quick explanation: piggybacking is when a team will start a pitcher, have them throw about 75 pitches and then bring in another starter behind them to throw 60 pitches and close out the game. "That's what I look forward to doing". Masahiro Tanaka picked up the win as he allowed one earned run on three hits with four strikeouts and one walk over five innings. But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox.

At one point, Brasier was so angry about Sanchez's delay tactics that cameras caught him telling the catcher to "get back in the f--ing box".

But it will be a long few days - at least - until he pitches again, and a long winter should that second chance to redeem his 2018 never come.

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