The Red Sox and Yankees are in the Bronx for Game 3 of their best-of-five American League Division Series.Refresh this page for the latest from Yankee Stadium.
Fourth inning: Red Sox 7, Yankees 0
Top: Andrew Benintendi hit a three RBI double with the bases loaded to extend Boston’s lead.
Brock Holt hit the first pitch of the inning by Severino back into centerfield for a single. Christian Vazquez added another single on what appeared to be a hit-and-run with Holt, though the Red Sox second baseman was forced to hold at second. Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a walk on four pitches, spelling the end for Luis Severino’s night as the Yankees’ starter. Lance Lynn arrived from the bullpen to takeover on the mound for New York, but he promptly walked in a run on four pitches, sending Mookie Betts to first.
Third inning: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0
Bottom: Gleyber Torres was initially ruled to be out on a throw from Xander Bogaerts, but the Yankees won a challenge, putting Torres back on first. Brock Holt made a fantastic play at second base on Brett Gardner’s hard hit ground ball, but Bogaerts was unable to complete the double play. Andrew McCutchen flew out to right before Aaron Judge grounded out to Bogaerts to end the inning.
Top: Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi both reached on hits into left field. Aggressive base running on Benintendi’s hit led each to advance to second and third with no outs. This paid immediate dividends, as J.D. Martinez’s sacrifice fly scored Betts, increasing Boston’s lead. Xander Bogaerts singled, moving Benintendi to third. Rafael Devers grounded into a fielder’s choice, but the Yankees failed to get the double play, meaning Benintendi scored to make it 3-0 Red Sox. Steve Pearce ended the Boston threat, flying out to deep centerfield.
Second inning: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
Bottom: Giancarlo Stanton hit a hard ground ball just past the glove of Xander Bogaerts for a single before Didi Gregorius dropped down a bunt, and Nathan Eovaldi slipped fielding the ball, making it a close play at first base. Gregorius was called safe, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora challenged, and the Yankee shortstop was ruled out. Eovaldi then settled in, getting Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar to ground out, ending the inning.
Top: Rafael Devers led off with a long single into right field, though Aaron Judge’s clean field and quick throw kept him at first base. Steve Pearce struck out, but Devers stole second in the process. Brock Holt grounded out, advancing Devers to third. Christian Vazquez reached on an infield single right back at Severino, who couldn’t field it cleanly, scoring Devers to give the Red Sox an early lead. Severino rallied to strike out Jackie Bradley Jr., retiring the side.
First inning: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Bottom: Andrew McCutchen grounded out to leadoff before Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi battled Aaron Judge in a nine-pitch at-bat. Eovaldi won the struggle, getting a hard hit out to Mookie Betts in right field. Luke Voit then struck out on three pitches to retire the side.
Top: On the first pitch of the game, Mookie Betts hit a shot to deep centerfield that took Yankee Brett Gardner to the warning track before he made the catch. Andrew Benintendi followed by popping out on another fastball from Yankees starter Luis Severino. After J.D. Martinez drew a walk, Xander Bogaerts also flew out to Gardner, ending the threat.
With the series having shifted back to New York, both teams were introduced prior to the contest. Every member of the Red Sox organization who was introduced — players, coaches, trainers — received the anticipated round of boos at Yankee Stadium . . . save for one.
David Price received a raucous ovation when introduced, in a nod to his poor start in Game 2 and his rough history as a member of the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium (0-6 with a 9.79 ERA).
— Alex Speier
NEW YORK — After watching his team score seven runs in the first two games of the Division Series against the Yankees, Red Sox manager Alex Cora made some big changes for Game 3 on Monday night.
Third baseman Rafael Devers, second baseman Brock Holt and catcher Christian Vazquez replaced Eduardo Nunez, Ian Kinsler, and Sandy Leon.
Nunez was 0 for 7 in the series, Kinsler 2 for 8 and Leon 0 for 5.
Mitch Moreland also is out of the lineup, but more likely because of the right hamstring strain he suffered in Game 2. Steve Pearce is starting at first base.
For the new additions to the lineup to succeed, they will have reverse career-long woes against Yankees starter Luis Severino.
Devers is 0 for 12, Holt 1 for 15, and Vazquez 2 for 8. They have combined to strike out 14 times and have no extra-base hits against Severino.
Nunez, Kinsler, and Leon are 10 of 52 against Severino with six extra-base hits and eight strikeouts.
— Peter Abraham
|RED SOX (1-1)||YANKEES (1-1)|
|Betts RF||McCutchen LF|
|Benintendi LF||Judge RF|
|Martinez DH||Voit 1B|
|Bogaerts SS||Stanton DH|
|Devers 3B||Gregorius SS|
|Pearce 1B||Sanchez C|
|Holt 2B||Andujar 3B|
|Vazquez C||Torres 2B|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Gardner CF|
|Pitching: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81)||Pitching: Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39).|
Notes and pregame reading
■ Tonight is Eovaldi’s postseason’s debut. He has 25 career starts at Yankee Stadium, going 10-5 with a 3.70 ERA and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. As a Red Sox, Eovaldi is 1-1 in four starts against the Yankees, with a 1.93 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 23⅓ innings. For Severino, this is his sixth postseason start and the second of these playoffs. He has a 1-1 record and a 4.50 ERA in those previous outings. This season against the Red Sox, Severino is 2-2 in five starts with a 3.56 ERA, 31 strikeouts and 10 walks over 30⅓ innings.
■ What in earth can the Red Sox do to slow down Aaron Judge? A few things stand out looking at how the Red Sox have been pitching to him:
1. Judge is not chasing — he has expanded the strike zone with just one swing on 39 pitches so far.
2. The Sox have not been attacking the top of the zone or above the zone at all, a surprising departure for a team that did so with about 1/6 of pitches against Judge in the regular season.
3. Eovaldi’s ability to work at and above the top of the zone with his four-seamer and to work both in the zone and away with his cutter would seem to give him a shot against Judge.
— Alex Speier
■ The Red Sox have dealt with minimal adversity this season — until now. That’s what makes Games 3 and 4 against the Yankees so interesting. The Sox are in a corner despite the series being tied, 1-1. Read Abraham’s feature here.
■ When you’re 1-1 and it feels like 0-2, you have to make decisions that will get you out of that malaise. And so Cora made the right one by naming Nathan Eovaldi his Game 3 starter. He’s the surest thing Cora has right now because of his past success against the Yankees, which includes four very good starts this season. Read Nick Cafardo’s On Baseball column on the pitching change.