Red Sox renew rivalry with Yankees

Luke Voit celebrates after his RBI triple in the ALwild-card game Wednesday night. More

Luke Voit celebrates after his RBI triple in the ALwild-card game Wednesday night. More

"We're not going to carry a lefty just to carry a lefty", Cora said.

The showdown marks the first playoff game between the two rivals since 2004. The run Benintendi scored made it 5-0 Red Sox.

It was only after Craig Kimbrel struck out the last three NY batters that Sale could savour the first post-season win of his career, a 5-4 victory over Boston's longtime rivals Friday night in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Boston fans were ready, with derisive chants for the Yankees during introductions and again after J.D. Martinez smacked a 2-0 fastball into the glove of a stem cell researcher in the front row of the seats above the Green Monster.

Sale was charged with two runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings before being replaced in the sixth inning.

Ryan Brasier came in first and allowed an RBI single to Luke Voit and a run-scoring groundout to Didi Gregorius before throwing a wild pitch to advance Gregorius to second.

Houston was to try to double their lead in the best-of-five series when they hosted Game 2 yesterday. Brandon Workman walked a man to load the bases, but struck out Gleyber Torres on a 3-2 breaking ball out of the zone to escape the inning.

Confidence was restored, if only for a moment.

Despite various opportunities against Boston's bullpen, the Yankees did not add on until putting two on with one out in the seventh off Eduardo Rodriguez. He topped out at 97 mph and his final pitch, No. 93, clocked in around 96, per Statcast.

But Barnes, somehow, escaped the jam mostly unharmed.

He departed with one out in the sixth and two on, with the Red Sox leading 5-0.

With their eyes set on a 2-0 series lead, the Red Sox will send David Price to the hill in Game 2. For at least a night, he seemed to put those concerns to rest. He gave up a leadoff homer to Judge in the ninth, but responded to strike out Gardner, Stanton and Voit in order.

Sale adjusted his preparation because of rain Tuesday, pushing back some of his work to Wednesday so he could pitch off a regular mound instead of in the batting cage. The lefty ace's first pitch of the night was a 96 miles per hour fastball, and he consistently touched that number throughout the night. "It's just the separation obviously what makes hitters uncomfortable". It's not, "He can throw 99", that doesn't guarantee you're going to get him outs.

Kershaw struck out three and walked none to remain unbeaten all-time against Atlanta. Hicks reached on a single to right, but Sale responded by striking out the side. David Price has struggled against the Yankees this season, and the Yankees lineup is hitting a combined.318 against the left-hander, plus the over went 3-0-1 in his four starts against NY this season. But singles from Judge and Stanton that sandwiched a fielder's choice forced Cora to go to his bullpen.

7's Kerri Corrado spotted two women sprinkling "fairy dust" outside the famed ballpark about 12 hours before the first pitch of Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

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