Aaron Hicks in for Yankees; Brock Holt out for Red Sox

BOSTON MA.- OCTOBER 5 Alex Cora #20 of the Boston Red Sox welcomes his players during team introductions prior to the start of Game 1 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston

BOSTON MA.- OCTOBER 5 Alex Cora #20 of the Boston Red Sox welcomes his players during team introductions prior to the start of Game 1 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston

In the end, it might not have mattered if he had pulled Severino after three innings, which seemed like an obvious move at the time, considering the Red Sox went on to lay a 16-1 smackdown on the Yankees, reminding everyone in the Bronx they didn't win 108 games by accident, after all.

"We've gotten huge lifts from them", Aaron Hicks says.

Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents.

After that ejection, Kinsler said, "I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league, that he can be that bad".

On the other side of the equation, Romine had even less expectation of pitching in Game 3 than Holt did of starting it.

Talking to WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" on Tuesday, Flaherty, a big-league catcher for 14 seasons, said Darling's assessment made sense to him. That's what you want from them. We will find out more postgame.

Facing elimination tonight - along with the threat of seeing the Red Sox pop bottles in their stadium for the second time in less than three weeks - the Yanks are sending CC Sabathia to the mound in an attempt to force a fifth game. Ortiz hit.545 in the ALDS sweep of the Angels, including a walk-off homer in Game 3.

Their ace got booed off the mound, loudly.

Prior to the Yankees Wild Card win over the A's, Pedro Martinez, who works as an analyst for TBS, took time out of the broadcast to let the world know that Severino made him aware that he wasn't completely healthy during the second half of the regular season - and that the club needed him on the mound, hence his decline in productivity. 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 all the focus on big boppers, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi for Boston, and Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez for NY, relievers have reigned in an error when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much. That's probably the first time I've ever tried to do that. Boone said Hicks was doing "significantly better", and sitting him was a much more hard decision than it was Saturday.

"I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and try and get some quick outs", Eovaldi said.

"I think some of my experiences in Detroit, I started postseason games in Detroit, came out of the bullpen, just seeing what transpires, especially in a short series in five games, each game is essential", said Porcello.

Boston plated a touchdown-and-conversion worth of runs in the fourth inning to blow open what was a 3-0 lead. As of Monday morning, 58 percent of public bets are being placed on host NY.

"And replay bails him out - the play eventually is going to be right. It's not just the same old guard".

Obviously, the stakes could not be much higher for Porcello when he starts.

"The first game didn't go our way, but we kept battling, and (Saturday), we started good and then we played good the whole game", Didi Gregorius said. "We're playing in an era where that's needed".

The Yankees know what they're in for Monday, but they clearly have the advantage of their "11th Man".

The Red Sox built a 3-0 lead on Luis Severino (0-1) through three innings and led 4-0 when Benintendi stepped in against Lance Lynn. I came out 20 minutes before the game like I usually do. "Yeah, the fans are going to be loud, but I'm looking forward to pitching with that!"

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