Red Sox strike first in ALDS Game 4, take 3-0 lead

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Be assured, there will be plot twists and tensions your baseball mind can not even imagine.

For Red Sox fans, it was heart attack central. Sure was. Cathartic too.

CC Sabathia didn't mince words when asked about controversial umpire Angel Hernandez after the Yankees Game 4 loss to the Red Sox. They got shutout innings from Matt Barnes, Ryan Brazier, and ace-turned-temporary-setup-man Chris Sale, which was a surprise. He hadn't fooled the Red Sox at any point and yet the bullpen phone didn't ring until the fourth batter of the inning - what's the harm of warming someone up earlier in the third? - and never did a reliever enter the inning. But it was stressful, and it was further confirmation that the Red Sox, who have won 7 of their last 8 playoff games against the Yankees, are no longer jinxed, doomed, or an inferior operation. "They won 108 games", Judge said. It all changed in '04. "We have a lot of athletic guys who can play a lot of positions". He uses Christian Vazquez at catcher, despite the fact he hadn't caught Porcello all year, and Vazquez sneaks a flyball over the wall in left against Zach Britton - his first homer since June 26 - to extend the Boston lead to 4-0.

With one out, the Yankees put runners at second and third on a double by Gary Sanchez and an infield single by Torres before scoring their first run on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner.

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Pitching on 11 days' rest and perhaps for the final time in pinstripes, Sabathia escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first when Kinsler hit an inning-ending flyout to Gardner in front of the left-field wall.

Well, the Red Sox remembered that move and had some fun with it... while also enjoying some champagne.

Cora inserted Eduardo Nunez at third base in place of Rafael Devers, who started Game 3. Perhaps most surprisingly, he gave Vazquez a second straight start behind the plate instead of Sandy Leon, even thoughVazquez hadn't caught Porcello all season.

Just the way Cora drew it up. We could get by triumphing 100 games and then we reach this mark and we cannot just conclude off a series against the Red Sox. "I need a home run for the cycle.' I was going to try to hit a home run, but I figured I'd ground out to first". Dave Dombrowski. Midseason acquisitions Kinsler and Pearce made important contributions Tuesday. "We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game".

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