Major League Baseball announces start times for first two games of ALCS

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During Game 3, when the Red Sox were getting to starter Luis Severino, Darling suggested that the right-hander had gotten a late start warming up, explaining his struggles. Hernandez had four plays reviewed in the first four innings, with his lone successful call coming via an upheld call on a Luke Voit single in the bottom of the fourth.

The Boston Red Sox utility man got the start at second base in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday, and he put on a show by hitting for the cycle in a monster 16-1 win over the New York Yankees. And everything else went Boston's way all night, so why not this? Cora had been asked before the game about a similar situation past year in the Division Series when he was the bench coach with the Astros and A.J. Hinch brought in Justin Verlander in Game 4 against the Red Sox. How it was four score and 19 years ago that the trade of all trades happened (Ruth to the Yankees, cash back to Boston); and that it was 40 years ago when Bucky Dent hit that ball of Mike Torrez in Game 163; and that it's been 15 years since Dave Roberts stole second base in the ninth; and.

CC Sabathia lasted just three innings for the Yankees, allowing three runs in that time. Boston is now one win away from an American League Championship Series date with the Houston Astros. Evaluating Boston's offense, Sabathia said: "They've got speed, they've got power. It's a good lineup-bad lineup for me in the fact they take a lot of pitches". That's why they won the pitching in Game 3 here at Yankee Stadium. And he very well might do okay. That's probably the first time I've ever tried to do that. That means J.A. Happ too. In the 17 starts that followed, Sevy pitched much more tentatively, going 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA. "I go (to the bullpen) 20 minutes before the game, I play catch and then I always get on the mound 10 minutes before the game". (This was Manny being Manny, only Mookie). Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay in July and the hard-throwing righty compiled a 1.93 ERA in four starts against NY this season - three with the Red Sox. It never really works. Or, oh yes, Brock Holt hitting a single, a double, a triple and then a home run in the ninth! "Both games in Boston were good games, but we come here to win". Of course this human error doesn't really matter to the outcome, beyond prolonging the Yankees agony.

The goal of any replay system is to get calls right, when officials or umpires have to make calls in real-time, at full speed and may have just simply missed something.

The most scrutinized person on the field Tuesday night for Game 4 of the ALDS wasn't wearing a Yankees or Red Sox uniform.

Darling was back in the TBS booth Tuesday for Game 4, giving viewers all the more reason to tune in.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone only has two games of Stadium postseason experience to draw on himself - this year's Wild Card Game as the manager, and last year's as a broadcaster - but he knows those two games against the Twins and Athletics will be nothing compared to the next two nights.



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