Boston's Brock Holt rides into history on game's first postseason cycle

Boston's Brock Holt rides into history on game's first postseason cycle

And everything else went Boston's way all night, so why not this?

Cora overhauled the Red Sox's lineup for Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, giving Brock Holt, Christian Vazquez and Rafael Devers their first starts of the postseason.

What a beautifully weird game we love.

Thankfully, none of the missed calls ended up deciding the game; Hernandez was simply overmatched, floating in a sea of his own nonsense, as he always does.

Game 3 will feature a pitching matchup between two very live arms. It's not something that gets talked about much, but Eovaldi has been money for the Red Sox in games against the Yankees this season. "I'm not someone who talks about myself". "I need a home run for a cycle, '" Holt said. "I scooted up in the box a little bit", he said. Obviously, you don't expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to. The 28-year-old right-hander, who throws at 97-98 miles per hour, allowed no earned runs in three of four starts this year against the Yankees. Furthermore, Severino admitted after the game, "I wasn't commanding my stuff", right from the first pitch. "I feel like I'm a good player when healthy and given an opportunity".

"He wasn't shy about it", Benintendi said.

A fan at Yankee Stadium. Luis Severino will go for the Yankees while Nate Eovaldi will toe the rubber for Alex Cora's Red Sox.

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While it's true that Severino was far-less effective post-All-Star break - and he and Martinez do have a relationship, as the two worked out together during the winter of 2016 in their native Dominican Republic, the 24-year-old Severino made it clear he never said anything about an injury to the former Red Sox star.

Mookie Betts, in fact, hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game. Steve Pearce - who started at first base in place of the injured Mitch Moreland - added an RBI single, and then Holt capped the frame with a two-run triple, putting Boston up 10-0. And replay bails him out - the play eventually is going to be right.

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland had what Cora called aggressive treatment on his right hamstring, which forced him from Game 2.

In the postseason, Porcello's record is decidedly more mixed.

Eovaldi pitched for the Yankees from 2015-16 before injuring his elbow, which required a second Tommy John surgery. On the downside, they're now one loss from elimination.

Bumped up a day in front of Porcello, he delivered a gem in his first postseason appearance.

And while it would be unfair for Red Sox fans to expect him to throw another one-hit complete game like he tossed against the Yankees on August 3, anything resembling that gem will likely send the Sox home after today's Game 4 in extremely high spirits. I told everyone, "Get me up". "It was a special moment for me". But tonight, I think we settled down pretty nice.

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