LATE WEDNESDAY: Yanks rout As 7-2 in wild-card game

Grant SmithOct 09, 2018

For New York, they are one of three teams in the league with at least 100 wins.

Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin.

Boston was better, finishing the year with 108 wins and 54 losses, 15 wins more than last season, a first-place finish in the American League East division, placing the Yankees in second, bringing us to today, the American League Division Series in Boston.

Going ahead quickly against reliever-turned-starter Liam Hendriks, the Yankees pounded the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night to win their second consecutive AL wild-card game. The Red Sox tweeted "We want New York" after the final out in the Bronx.

"They can't wait", said Aaron Boone, who, in 2003, as the Yankees' third baseman, smashed the pennant-winning home run against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, and who, in 2018, is the Yankees' manager.

NY will take a train to Boston for a best-of-five Division Series starting Friday night, a matchup of 100-win heavyweights. That put the A's in a quick 2-0 hole against the Yankees.

Instead of using a traditional starting pitcher in Wednesday's American League wild-card game, the A's opted to mix it up and utilise Hendriks, who allowed two runs in the first inning while throwing 25 pitches before being replaced.

These teams also have a history of hitting each other. Onward to the Red Sox and to more opportunities for Betances to shine ... or not.

Aaron Judge (99) and Andrew McCutchen of the New York Yankees celebrate after Judge's two-run home run in the first inning during the Yankees' victory. A bench-clearing brawl led to suspensions and fines, but Auston won't be around for a rematch - he was dealt to Minnesota in July. It lined up to be a real David vs Goliath in NY.

"It's been a while since Boston played Yankees in the playoffs". Then at Yankee Stadium in 1976, New York's Lou Piniella charged into Fisk at the plate, and Boston pitcher Bill Lee was body-slammed during the fighting and wound up with a broken collarbone.

The A's wear out pitchers with their patient at-bats and with their relentless approach, and that gives them a chance not just in this game, but in any postseason series.

Zimmer, a former Boston manager and then a Yankees coach, ran across the infield and lunged at Martinez during the fighting.

AUSTRALIA'S Liam Hendriks is THE most unlikely starter in the Major League Baseball playoffs - and he's broken new ground on two fronts as a result. This will be the two bitter rivals first matchup since the infamous 2004 ALCS. The loser goes home.

The Yankees survived the loser-goes-home affair against the risky A's because starting pitcher Luis Severino rewarded Aaron Boone for his faith and Aaron Judge guided the offense with a first-inning, two-run homer and sixth-inning double.

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