Luis Severino to start the Wild Card game for the Yankees

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A notorious brawl took place during Game 3 of the 2003 AL Championship series, when Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez threw 72-year-old Don Zimmer to the ground.

Yankees starter Luis Severino allowed two hits in four-plus innings while working around four walks.

Yankees fans fretted about an all-or-nothing knockout match, thinking back to past year when Severino fell behind Minnesota 3-0 just 10 pitches in. If Chad Green hasn't come in and worked out of the jam Severino created it would've been worse. The A's have lost eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays and the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series, and dropped all four of their postseason matchups against the Yankees. Before the All-Star break, Severino was 14-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 20 starts, and after the break he was 5-6 with a 5.57 ERA in his last 12 starts. Yet, the A's finished second in the AL West at 97-65, their best record in 16 years, and their relievers went 45-16, the second-most bullpen wins in big league history behind Tampa Bay's 54 this year.

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"We didn't make it easy on ourselves, that's for sure", Story said, "but we're going to enjoy this one tonight and we're definitely not done".

Wolters got his first hit since September 10 in his playoff debut, and it was just the second postseason game for Oberg. "I think he's ready for this".

"Part of this was starting Liam, bringing a starter in after that, had mixed results as far as it went", Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. He's dealt with things this year as far as having the kind of first half he did and then going through a few-week stretch there where he struggled on the mound", Boone said, "so I think he's equipped in so many ways to handle this. I just took all that information and (slept) on it. "It's definitely humbled me, it's definitely brought me back down to earth, and it's definitely brought out that little animosity about everything, just trying to go out there and prove that I can do this". Aaron Hicks followed with another doubles off Fernando Rodney.

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Giancarlo Stanton, who is in the postseason for the first time, hit 38 homers on a team that led the majors by hitting an all-time record 267 homers. "I think more so because of the group of guys".

Boston won 5-4 the next day on Ortiz's RBI single in the 14th inning, won Game 6 in NY 4-2 behind Curt Schilling and his bloody sock, then blew out the Yankees 10-3 in the finale. Views started to change when the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians used bullpens in a non-traditional manner in the 2016 postseason.

In four starts against the Red Sox this season, he's posted a 7.58 ERA with 16 earned runs and six home runs allowed, which isn't reassuring.

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