Red Sox overhaul lineup before Game 3

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The Yankees slugging centre fielder Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, launched a solo home run and Gary Sanchez, the fifth NY player to the plate, led off the second with another round tripper.

Cora and the Red Sox wouldn't sound off about Judge's musical taste - not that they could hear the famous Kander and Ebb song on Fenway's concourse through thick clubhouse walls after the 6-2 win in Game 2. Nate hasn't pitched in a while. "We trust him. He's bounced back before". The 28-year-old split his season between Tampa Bay and Boston, posting a 3.81 ERA, 3.67 xFIP and 8.19 K/9 in 111 innings pitched this season. I tallied the number of times a team that won any game in a series won the next game in the series, which, I think, makes at least a decent back-of-the-napkin indicator for momentum. Hicks tried to talk his way into the lineup Saturday night, and he's doing his best to do the same ahead of Game 3.

"We all know he's capable of that", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. That's it.' Hey, I get it. I've been pretty much eager to get on the field and playing these games.

Predictions will be rendered meaningless once this game begins.

"I'm hopeful he's available", Boone added. We don't know much more than that. "Maybe I can tell you tomorrow. But hopeful that he'll be able to go".

If the Yankees do win Game 3, it is very likely the Red Sox throw Chris Sale out on the mound to start Game 4 in an effort to avoid elimination. Unusual on paper, perhaps, but easily explained by both hurler and skipper.

With his two-home run night, Sanchez joined Yogi Berra as the only other Yankees catcher to hit multiple homers in a playoff game.

Benintendi followed up Betts' fly out with a shallow fly to center field. "There is here. Plus, we have really good pitchers".

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"I know he'll be better". "I think it's just feeling like I'm at home".

Injured first baseman Mitch Moreland, who usually starts against right-handed pitching, is also out of the lineup for Steve Pearce. "And if we have the opportunity to score runs like that, you know, even if it's 300 feet, I'll take it".

Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS.

With Luis Severino scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS, there's nothing like a bit of gossip surrounding the Yankees ace to get the juices flowing.

Or did they want to keep it as is seeing he only threw 15 pitches and risk it in their biggest game of the year? He jumped on the first pitch, a knuckleball from Tim Wakefield that didn't move enough, and smashed it into the left-field stands for a walk-off home run that sent the Yankees to the World Series. It was a, "Hey, David, you suck, and we're going to kick your ass".

But they did what they've always done, and, again, Aaron Judge set the tone. And even though they were able to come back from 0-2 past year, you can't go to that well too often. Even though he wasn't hitting the ball out of the ballpark a lot, obviously, I felt like he was controlling the strike zone, making good passes on balls, and hitting the ball fine. Bill Mueller smacked a 1-1 pitch back up the middle, chasing home Roberts with the tying run.

-Severino flat out denied that he told Pedro Martinez he wasn't healthy in the second half: "I don't know where he got that, but I didn't say nothing about being hurt".