The Red Sox and Yankees face off in Game 2 of the ALDS Saturday night.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. at Fenway Park.
Here are the latest updates:
Ninth inning: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2.
Bottom: Left-hander Aroldis Chapman replaced Britton on the mound.
Chapman walked Steve Pearce to start the inning, but retired the next three batters to seal the win for the Yankees.
Top: Hembree walked Judge and Voit in back-to-back at-bats. Stanton grounded into a double play, and Sanchez lined out to end the inning.
Eighth inning: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2.
Bottom: Left-hander Zach Britton replaced Betances on the mound. Britton walked Benintendi, but the Red Sox couldn’t get anything going.
Top: Heath Hembree replaced Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound. Steve Pearce also replaced Mitch Moreland at first base, while Christian Vasquez replaced Sandy Leon at catcher. Rodriguez threw 31 pitches (19 strikes), struck out one, and gave up two hits and three runs.
Hembree struck out Torres, walked Brett Gardner, and McCutchen grounded into a double play.
Seventh inning: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2.
Bottom: Mitch Moreland singled on a line drive to right field. Ian Kinsler drove in Moreland with a double off the Green Monster. Kinser stole third base during the next at-bat.
Pinch-hitting for Sandy Leon, Rafael Devers grounded out.
Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree started warming in the bullpen.
Top: After Aaron Judge singled and Rodriguez walked Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton hit a soft ground ball to third base. Núñez field the ball, but his throw to second was high. Voit was initially ruled safe, but the Red Sox challenged the call, which was overturned in Boston’s favor.
Sanchez hit a three-run homer — his second of the night and postseason — on a 92.7 mph four-seam fastball from Rodriguez. Sanchez’s home run traveled 479 feet and had an exit velocity of 115 mph.
Sixth inning: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1.
Bottom: Adeiny Hechavarria replaced Andujar at third base, while right-hander Dellin Betances replaced Tanaka on the mound. Tanaka threw 78 pitches (48 strikes), struck out four, and gave up three hits and one run in five innings.
Betances retired the side in order.
Top: Right-hander Brandon Workman replaced Braiser on the mound. Brasier threw 20 pitches (10 strikes), struck out three, and gave up no hits in one inning.
Workman struck out Didi Gregorius, before giving up back-to-back singles to Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez entered the game to relieve Workman, who threw nine pitches.
Brett Gardner popped out to shortstop, and Rodriguez struck out Andrew McCutchen to strand the two base-runners.
Fifth inning: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1.
Bottom: Tanaka retired the side in order.
Top: Right-hander Ryan Brasier replaced Joe Kelly on the mound. Kelly threw 25 pitches (20 strikes), struck out one, and gave up one hit in 2⅓ innings.
Eduardo Núñez fielded a hard ground ball from Aaron Judge at third base, but committed an error on his throw to first, allowing Judge to advance to second. Braiser then walked Luke Voit to put runners on first and second. He escaped the inning by striking out Stanton and Sanchez.
Eduardo Rodriguez and Brandon Workman started warming in the bullpen.
Fourth inning: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1.
Bottom: Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run — his first of the postseason — on a 90.8 mph four-seam fastball.
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Top: Joe Kelly retired the side in order. Ryan Brasier started warming in the bullpen.
Third inning: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0.
Bottom: Jackie Bradley Jr. singled on a ground ball to left field, but was left stranded.
Top: Giancarlo Stanton singled on a line drive to left field, but Joe Kelly retired Voit, Sanchez, and Gregorius.
Second inning: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0.
Bottom: Masahiro Tanaka retired the side in order.
Top: Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run — his first of the postseason — on a 90.5 mph cutter from Price. The 399-foot blast was Sanchez’s sixth homer in his last 14 at-bats against Price.
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After Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andujar both grounded out, Price walked Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner. Andrew McCutchen drove in Torres on a left-field single, and Garnder advanced to third. Price was replaced by right-hander Joe Kelly, who notched the final out of the inning.
Price threw 42 pitches (24 strikes), struck out no batters, and gave up three earned runs in 1⅔ innings.
Of the 70 pitchers with at least 10 career postseason starts, Price is the only one without a victory.
Price has a 5.38 ERA in 18 career playoff games — 6.03 in 10 starts.
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First inning: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0.
Bottom: J.D. Martinez singled down the third-base line. He was the lone Red Sox to get on base, as Masahiro Tanaka retired Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Xander Bogaerts. Tanaka threw 17 pitches (12 strikes).
Top: Aaron Judge hit a solo home run — his third of the postseason — on a 90.8 mph cutter from David Price. The homer traveled an estimated 445 feet and had an exit velocity of 113.3 mph. Price threw 18 pitches (11 strikes) in the inning.
The Yankees announced their starting lineup: Andrew McCutchen LF, Aaron Judge RF, Luke Voit 1B, Giancarlo Stanton DH, Gary Sanchez C, Didi Gregorius SS, Miguel Andujar 3B, Gleyber Torres 2B, Brett Gardner CF, and Masahiro Tanaka RHP.
Center fielder Aaron Hicks remains sidelined after exiting Game 1 with right hamstring tightness.
The Red Sox announced their starting lineup: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Mitch Moreland 1B, Eduardo Núñez 3B, Ian Kinsler 2B, Sandy Leon C, Jackie Bradley Jr CF, and David Price LHP.
Manager Alex Cora said the decision to go with Núñez over Rafael Devers was rooted in their fielding abilities. Devers committed 24 errors this season.
“With David on the mound, with those righties, there’s a lot of ground balls hit to that side of the infield,” Cora said. “We feel good about [Devers] with his range and everything, but, throughout the season, he was inconsistent making routine plays. So, in the end, we decided to go with [Núñez] at third base because we do feel that he’s been the better defensive player.”
Cora also noted starting pitcher Rick Porcello, who made a 15-pitch, eighth-inning appearance Friday, is again available to come out of the bullpen. If Porcello is used, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, the probable Game 4 starter, will be shifted to Game 3.
Heath Hembree replaces Steven Wright on the postseason roster: Right-hander Heath Hembree will take knuckleballer Steven Wright’s spot in the bullpen for the remainder of the ALDS, the Red Sox announced Saturday afternoon. Wright, who underwent an MRI Friday night during Game 1, has been diagnosed with “inflammation and loose body in his left knee.” If the Red Sox advance, he will miss the ALCS but is eligible to return for the World Series. Hembree pitched 60 innings of relief during the regular season, allowing 10 home runs. His ERA is 4.20.
Pitching matchup — Masahiro Tanaka (12-6, 3.75 ERA) vs. David Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA): Starting pitcher David Price has had mixed results in the postseason, assembling a 2-8 record with a 5.03 ERA in 17 playoff games. His better outings — including both his victories (2008 ALDS Game 2, 2015 ALDS Game 4) — have come as a reliever. Coming out of the bullpen last season, Price pitched 6⅔ shutout innings between Games 2 and 3 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros.
In nine playoff starts, however, Price is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA. Still in search of his first postseason victory as a starter, he said Friday he’s treating Saturday’s start against the Yankees like “just another game.” Even if he doesn’t come away with the W, Price said he’s focused on contributing to the team’s collective success.
“If I lose the entire playoffs and we win a World Series, I’ll take that,” Price said. “I don’t want this to be about me and me not winning. I want to go out there [Saturday] and throw the ball well, and help the Red Sox win.”
Price is 0-3 with a 10.34 ERA in four regular-season starts against the Yankees this year. Manager Alex Cora identified the July 1 start at Yankee Stadium — when Price gave up five home runs in 3⅓ innings — as a turning point in the season. Since that game, Price has posted an 11-2 record with a 2.72 ERA.
Game 1’s 5-4 victory may have set the tone for what’s to come: The Red Sox have won 12 of the 18 postseason series in which they took Game 1.