Watch Red Sox vs. Yankees in Major League Baseball playoffs

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The Red Sox will hand the ball to Nathan Eovaldi in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday night.

"I feel like in baseball it's more important [in] the second half than the first half", Severino said at Sunday's press conference. The veteran pitcher should know how to work his way out of early struggles. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and getting another opportunity... He handed the ball to Manager Alex Cora, skulked off to a chorus of boos, stepped carefully across the white chalk lines to avoid bad luck - too late for that, perhaps - and made a beeline straight to the sanctuary of the Red Sox's clubhouse.

Xander Bogaerts answered for the Red Sox with a solo homer in the fourth.

At Houston, Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out 12 Cleveland batters with no walks while scattering only three hits over seven innings. After all, since 2016, Price is 2-7 with a 7.71 ERA versus the Yanks.

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But on paper, the numbers favor the Red Sox.

"Gary has a ton of talent, and he's a guy we never stopped believing in", said Yankees centerfielder Brett Gardner. "I've been fortunate to be patient and find some pitches like that from him, and I've been able to hit them well".

For obvious reasons it was great the Yankees split these two games at Fenway Park. Sanchez's second homer (off of Eduardo Rodriguez's 92.7 miles per hour fastball) went an estimated 479 feet - making him only the second Yankee catcher in Postseason history with two home runs in one playoff game.

He has larger expectations for Monday. "I'm trying to do the same thing that I have been doing; stay aggressive and try to get that first-pitch strike out of the way". The ugly totals: 10 batters faced, three hits, two walks, two home runs, only five outs.

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".it could be three, could be four, could be - but I'm still open to it being eight innings", Boone said. I guess that's the one that was going.

The Yankees smacked the most homers of any club in major league history this season with 267 and have sustained their superb slugging into the playoffs. His 7-0 recorded with a 2.69 ERA since being dealt to NY by the Blue Jays on July 31 was just part of it. He offered one suggestion for his success at home.

"Maybe my wife cooks better food here", he said.

"I'm not sure. I didn't execute enough pitches, and that was that", Price said.

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"I've got to tell you there's nothing like this season", admitted Sanchez.

Then in the second inning, Gary Sanchez, a man with a lot to prove this October hit the first of his two moon shots on the night. Sanchez has six home runs off Price, remarkably in just 14 career at-bats.

"He's swinging the bat well", said Judge. "I think he's been really sharp from behind the plate from a receiving, blocking, game planning, game calling, really on top of his game". For as much as Boone said he's seen Sanchez make strides, he said he felt Severino has sharpened his mechanics and his command later in the season. "We trust him. He's bounced back before". Until October, when more often than not, he's turned into a pumpkin.

The best formula they have in winning this series was splitting in Boston and winning the two games in Yankee Stadium.

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