Red Sox 'know what's coming' regardless of their playoff foe

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Stanton pushed the record to 266 in the seventh with his 38th homer, a solo homer to left field.

The 2017 Yankees had pounded 241 home runs, so the record for a major league team in a season, 264, seemed nearly inevitable, especially given the dimensions of Yankee Stadium, the game's increasing emphasis on launch angles and long balls, and the mediocre pitching that the Yankees could feast on.

Gleyber Torres etched the Yankees in the major-league home run record books when he went deep in the fourth inning for the 265th home run of the season, the most ever by a team in a single season.

Even before the Yankees and Red Sox took the field in Game No. 162 - a lackluster 10-2 loss - it was a historic matchup.

The Yankees created what many believed to be a "super bullpen" this season, and regardless of the way they're used in the Wild Card game, the hurlers will be relied upon to deliver high-leverage outs. Yes, Judge and Stanton contributed significantly to the total, but they did not lead a lopsided charge to the record.

Another superb rookie, Miguel Andujar also set a new franchise record as he climbed over Joe DiMaggio for most doubles by a Yankee rookie (44 in 1936).

It is considered tradition for home fans to throw back a home run ball when it is that of the visiting team.

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'You see a lot of things in these games, ' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

That said, choosing the bullpenning method at the outset of a game and shifting into one on the fly are two very different things. It was the Yankees' clinching home field advantage for Wednesday's wild-card playoff game against the Oakland Athletics.

Rare is the club in franchise history that can make such claims.

"Definitely", Hicks said. "That means the team comes in day in and day out ready to play games, and obviously we're hitting home runs". "Our goal is to win 11 games in October".

"He got it that far, got his target, he got in trouble for it", Stanton said.

They are absolutely capable of doing that.

Last week, the Yankees became the first team to have 12 players hit at least 10 home runs in a season. That pulled them into a tie with the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the most long balls in a season in major league history.

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The history-making continued in the first inning as Luis Cessa retired only one of the six batters he faced, coughing up four runs on four hits. But is his experience alone enough for manager Alex Cora to put him on the roster?

Intentional or not, it's no secret Red Sox fans don't like the Yankees and vice versa.

Cora said his team would have Monday off, and he planned to watch the NL tiebreakers and the wild-card games.

Baseball fans in New England won't be forgetting about this magical 2018 season for their beloved Boston Red Sox any time soon.

Cora referred to scouting reports and so-called heat maps, which show the locations of pitches against certain hitters and add a corresponding color to show the results.

"You've just got to pitch to the blue", he said. Swatting home runs at a record-setting pace does not guarantee a World Series appearance. Boone will have to be more adept than he was during parts of the regular season in these moments, though he is fortunate to maintain plenty of experienced and tested relievers to turn to in truly any situation.

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