The Latest Postseason Twist: Starting Pitchers That Double as Relievers

Looks like Yankees dodged Aaron Hicks scare

In general theory, Porcello vs. Yankees Game 3 starter Luis Severino is an elite vs. elite pitching duel, while Eovaldi vs.

Boston's relievers have staggered their way through the first two games of the American League Division Series against the Yankees, but the pitcher they acquired will take the ball for Monday's pivotal Game 3. Although Cora has stated Price will remain a starter, he could be called upon in Game 3 or 4 out of the bullpen if the team needs him.

Both were wins by the reigning World Series champion Astros and both ended with former Toronto closer getting former Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson to hit into the final out of the game.

The ovation came as Price jogged from the Red Sox's dugout to the third-base line, when he announced as one of the game's reserves.

The Yankees suffered no shortage of power when they took the field at Fenway Park for Game 2 of the ALDS.

With four more years and $127 million left on Price contract, there is plenty of time to debate whether his acute postseason woes are some sort of character flaw, such as a sheer inability to handle the pressure, or a random fluke of statistics and small sample sizes.

Eovaldi's one poor start in that closing span with Tampa Bay was a doozy - nine hits and eight earned runs allowed in just 2 2/3 innings against Minnesota on July 13, an 11-8 loss.

"The pitch to Sanchez was down and away, but he was leaning out there, get the head out and hit it out of the ballpark", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

Sanchez struck out on the next pitch, a 97 miles per hour fastball.

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"I don't know, you've got to ask [Judge] if it was something for us, but I doubt it", Cora said.

Makes a baseball fan excited about what will happen in the final few games of this ALDS. According to Statcast, it was the longest measured home run ever at the historic venue. Last October, Willson Contreras hit a 491-foot homer for the Cubs.

Sanchez is now 7-for-14 against Price in his career with six home runs.

Perhaps more notably, Sanchez brought two more Yankees home with him to extend the lead to 6-1, a margin that was going to be easily insurmountable.

"I saw it", Boone said. "Maybe I can tell you tomorrow". But a homer is a homer. "I'm excited. This is what we play for coming out of spring training".

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez continued his assault of Sox lefthander Davis Price, and is now 7-for-14 in his career against the former Cy Young victor, with home runs accounting for six of his seven hits.

If the Boston Red Sox are going to get one back in NY and eventually win this series, Price will need to get his redemption. Like I always say, I care about my arm and being healthy.

"I think there's been guys around the league that they struggle their first 10 (playoff) starts", Cora told reporters, including WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. "It's an honor to me". The Yankees have allowed only five home runs in their seven home playoff games the last two years. NY won in the 10th, on a solo home run by Bernie Williams off Boston closer Rod Beck. Price then walked back-to-back batters with two outs and gave up Andrew McCutchen's RBI single on what could be his last pitch in a Red Sox uniform.

At one point, Brasier was so angry about Sanchez's delay tactics that cameras caught him telling the catcher to "get back in the f--ing box".

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