Yankees Set Up Showdown With Red Sox in ALDS

As rookie manager Aaron Boone knows, the intensity and scrutiny will be magnified now. Boone authored one of the more famous moments in Red Sox-Yankees lore with his game-winning home run off Tim Wakefield in Game 7 of the 2003 A.L.C.S.

But it was the 2004 series, after Boone had left the team, that was perhaps the most memorable league championship series of all time. At that moment, the Red Sox had not won a World Series in 86 years. But after falling behind, 3-0, in games to the Yankees, the Red Sox became the first team to overcome such a deficit to win a postseason baseball series. They went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals for their first World Series championship since 1918.

The stakes are not quite as high this time. Boston has won two more World Series since 2004 (in 2007 and 2013) and this will only be a division series. But it still is certain to be captivating.

The Red Sox won 108 games and the division title, but they go into the series with some serious questions marks. Chris Sale, their ace pitcher, has only thrown 17 innings since July 27 because of a tender shoulder and his velocity has dropped noticeably. Also, their Game 2 starter, David Price,

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/sports/mlb-playoffs-yankees-vs-athletics.html

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