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Here's how the 10 playoff teams were built

October 8, 2021

The Giants, Dodgers and Rays all won 100 games or more in 2021, with San Francisco and Tampa Bay finishing with the best record in the National and American Leagues, respectively. Each organization has built a winner in different ways. The Giants were the best team in baseball this year

Torre discusses Boone, Yanks losing ALWC

@ladsonbill24
October 7, 2021

NEW YORK -- A day after attending the American League Wild Card game between the Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway Park, former Yankees manager Joe Torre was in New York to attend Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation dinner at Cipriani Wall Street. Torre said he was glad he wasn’t

Alex Cora again a difference-maker for Sox

October 6, 2021

When it was over on Tuesday night in Boston and the Red Sox had punched their ticket to The Trop and to more baseball, Alex Cora talked about Nathan Eovaldi, his starting pitcher, who had pitched so brilliantly until Cora came to get him in the sixth inning. It surprised

Boone on future as NY manager: 'We'll see'

@BryanHoch
October 6, 2021

BOSTON -- The Yankees have reached the postseason in each of Aaron Boone’s four years at the helm, but each appearance has accompanied a conclusion that the manager describes as “cruel,” with the team again emptying lockers without adding a 28th championship to the trophy case. Those losses -- the

Cole pulled in 3rd: 'Sick to my stomach'

@BryanHoch
October 6, 2021

BOSTON -- The Yankees have seen glimpses of Gerrit Cole at the top of his game, evident on the days when he struts barrel-chested while working at a speedy pace. Any interruption from a manager or pitching coach invites a growl, his competitive spirit boiling over, body language screaming: how

'Shoulda, woulda': Yanks drop WC at Fenway

After early playoff exit in 5th consecutive year, NYY going 'back to the drawing board'
@BryanHoch
October 6, 2021

BOSTON -- With their roller-coaster campaign on the line, the Yankees attempted to pour any available ounce of luck into Fenway Park’s ancient red-brick corridors. Bucky Dent, the hero of their 1978 one-game playoff, jetted in from Florida and saw each pitch from a choice seat behind home plate. Aaron

Red Sox nab Judge at plate in key sequence

@mollyburkhardt
October 6, 2021

BOSTON -- Giancarlo Stanton had a perfect view of the developing play, arriving on the second-base bag after banging another rocket off the Green Monster. A relay throw arrived at home plate ahead of Aaron Judge, whose headfirst dive was met by a tag from Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Bogaerts directs momentum with bat, arm

@IanMBrowne
October 6, 2021

BOSTON -- Just five days before the ultra-pressurized American League Wild Card Game Tuesday night between the Red Sox and the Yankees, shortstop Xander Bogaerts was down -- his bat had gone silent at the worst possible time of year. But he offered this as hope: “You can’t keep a

Echoes of 2015: Schwarber homers off Cole

@mollyburkhardt
October 6, 2021

BOSTON -- For the “win or go home” American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees on Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Alex Cora flip-flopped the top of his batting order. Kyle Schwarber moved to leadoff, the spot he was in when he went on an historic

'It's fun': Sox send rivals packing; ALDS next

@IanMBrowne
October 6, 2021

BOSTON -- Nathan Eovaldi was at his "Nasty Nate" best in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card showdown with the Yankees, and he looked poised to carry his team through seven innings or so. But Red Sox manager Alex Cora pulled the plug on his battle-tested righty at his first

Inserted into leadoff spot, Rizzo goes deep

@BryanHoch
October 5, 2021

BOSTON -- Anthony Rizzo did not blink once informed that he would occupy the leadoff spot in Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game -- sure, it was a slightly different assignment, but it was one that the Yankees' first baseman had performed well in the past. It wasn’t until Rizzo

J.D. out for Wild Card Game vs. Yanks

@IanMBrowne
October 5, 2021

BOSTON -- The Red Sox on Tuesday morning released their roster for the American League Wild Card Game, and star slugger J.D. Martinez wasn't on it. Martinez suffered a freak injury in Sunday’s Game No. 162 when he sprained his left ankle tripping over the second-base bag while running out

Red Sox carry 12 pitchers -- no Sale, J.D.

@IanMBrowne
October 5, 2021

BOSTON -- The Red Sox submitted a 26-man roster for Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card Game that does not include J.D. Martinez. The star slugger is down with a sprained left ankle sustained when he tripped over second base while running out to play defense in Sunday’s regular-season finale.

AL Wild Card Game FAQ (ESPN)

@BryanHoch and @IanMBrowne
October 5, 2021

It is arguably the greatest rivalry in professional sports, the Red Sox and the Yankees, boiled down to a nine-inning fight for survival. One team will advance to face the Rays in the American League Division Series, and the other will go home. What could be better than that? This

Breaking down Yankees-Red Sox by position

@castrovince
October 5, 2021

Way back on the morning of Oct. 2, 1978, in a position-by-position preview of the Yankees-Red Sox American League East tiebreaker game, we published the following analysis: Shortstop: Rick Burleson was an All-Star for the second straight season and serves an important role as Boston’s leadoff man. But Bucky Dent,

Yanks announce AL Wild Card Game roster

@BryanHoch
October 5, 2021

BOSTON -- The Yankees have set their 26-man roster for Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game, to be played at 8:08 p.m. ET at Boston’s Fenway Park. Here is how the Yankees will take the field, vying for the right to advance to the American League Division Series, where they

Eovaldi raring to go in huge Wild Card start

@IanMBrowne
October 5, 2021

BOSTON -- For several weeks, Red Sox manager Alex Cora had his pitching rotation lined up for Nathan Eovaldi to be the man on the mound for Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game.

How they got there: Yanks never lost faith

@BryanHoch
October 5, 2021

Aaron Judge aptly described the Yankees’ 2021 campaign as “a roller coaster,” a 162-game sequence of gleeful celebrations and agonizing gut punches. Like any amusement-park ride worth the price of admission, there were dizzying twists and turns, but they have returned to the intended destination: the postseason. The Yankees’ stated

'Ready to go': Odor's quiet impact on Yanks

@ladsonbill24
October 5, 2021

Throughout the 2021 season, Rougned Odor has done whatever the Yankees needed -- filling in at third base or second base, or delivering off the bench. No matter his role on any given day, his attitude never changes. It’s all about helping the Yankees go far in the postseason. With

Feels like '78 all over again with Yanks-Sox

October 5, 2021

Almost 43 years after Bucky Dent hit his home run at Fenway Park and made the old park go almost completely silent, all this time after Oct. 2, 1978, we'll get another win-or-go home game like it between the Red Sox and the Yankees. We'll get a night like that

Yanks ready to go: 'We'll expect to play well'

Here are the keys to New York advancing, making deep postseason run
@BryanHoch
October 5, 2021

BOSTON -- No member of the current Yankees roster was on the planet in the decade when Bucky Dent’s home run sailed toward the Citgo sign over Fenway Park’s Green Monster, landing in the netting that once covered what has now become the home of some of baseball’s most coveted

Cole 'excited for the challenge' of facing Sox

@BryanHoch
October 5, 2021

BOSTON -- Gerrit Cole will be prepared, no matter what happens in Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game. When the Yankees right-hander walks to the mound at Fenway Park, he will undoubtedly have consumed every available scouting-report nugget, inhaling gigabytes of video concerning the Red Sox lineup that he plans

Video to get you hyped for Yanks' WC Game

@mike486
October 5, 2021

The Yankees' 2021 Postseason hype video is here. The Bronx Bombers gave fans their first dose of playoff hype ahead of Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game against the Red Sox, recapping their roller-coaster season and setting the stage for a run toward World Series win No. 28.

1 defining stat for each playoff team

October 5, 2021

As we gear up for the postseason, it’s a good time to evaluate what each team headed to the playoffs did in the regular season, to help figure out what to expect of them moving forward. One way to learn more about each club is to assess the facts that

These stars have shined in October

@Spokes_Murphy
October 4, 2021

Everything is intensified in the postseason -- the emotions, the stakes, the pressure, the national attention. Not all players can handle this atmosphere, but some are destined for glory when the importance of every game is magnified. There is at least one such player on every team that has qualified