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The wild card round is officially over, and the Boston Red Sox finally know who they will play in the American League Divisional Series. The New York Yankees took down the Oakland Athletics in the one-game wild card, winning in a blowout. The Red Sox faced the Yankees 19 times in the regular season, going 10-9 overall. This is the first time the two rivals have met in the playoffs since 2004, and this has the makings to be another historical installment between the two franchises.
Boston Red Sox To Face New York Yankees in ALDS
New York got off to a quick start against the Oakland Athletics. After left fielder Andrew McCutchen worked a leadoff walk, right fielder Aaron Judge launched a two-run shot to give the Yankees an early lead.
The score remained 2-0 for the next five innings. While the Athletics threatened to score on multiple occasions, they just couldn’t get the job done. The A’s had a chance to make the game competitive early on, but the game fell apart in the bottom of the sixth.
Aaron Judge led off the bottom of the sixth with a double before center fielder Aaron Hicks knocked a double of his own to make it a 3-0 game. The Yankees weren’t done, as Giancarlo Stanton drew a walk before Luke Voit launched a two-run triple to make it 5-0. Didi Gregorius then brought Volt home with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0. This massive inning essentially killed any chance the A’s had at getting back into this game and continuing their postseason run.
The Yankees have not yet announced who will pitch in Game One against the Boston Red Sox. However, since Luis Severino pitched the Wild Card game, the Yankees will likely roll out Masahiro Tanaka for the first game of the ALDS.
The ALDS kicks off in Fenway Park on Friday night at 7:30. The Red Sox will send Chris Sale to the mound, who has been dealing with some mechanical issues over the past few starts. However, Alex Cora says he’s healthy, and Sale has thrown some bullpen sessions in the past few days.