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Tuesday, April 10th
In the first game of the series, it was all Red Sox. Luis Severino struggled out of the gate, leading to a Boston run on a Mookie Betts double followed by an RBI-single off the bat of Hanley Ramirez. Everyone in the Red Sox lineup had hits except for Eduardo Nuñez and Brock Holt. Mookie Betts had 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run to go with 4 RBIs. Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez, and J.D. Martinez combined for 5 hits and 7 RBIs. The Yankees actually only had one less hit in the game than the Red Sox, but there was nothing to show for. Chris Sale looked dominant going 6 innings, allowing only 1 run with 8 strikeouts. All offseason the talk had been all about the Yankees and how many home runs they were going to hit and how many runs they were going to score and so on, but Tuesday night proved that this is a powerful Red Sox offense that’s being slept on a little bit. They can score in so many ways, and that was put on display in Game 1.

Red Sox 14, Yankees 1
W- Chris Sale
L- Luis Severino

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Wednesday, April 11th
This game was a wild one. We saw the benches clear on two occasions. The first time was after a slide by Tyler Austin, which Brock Holt thought was late and that Austin’s cleats were up, and decided to confront Austin about it. The two had some words, then there came the benches. The second time was when Joe Kelly drilled Tyler Austin around the ribs area with intent, which led to Austin charging the mound.
First off, if you slide into second base WITH YOUR CLEATS UP into the infielder’s LEG and NOT THE BASE, expect to be drilled. Tough guy Tyler Austin tried to act all innocent like he did nothing wrong, but it’s just been the nature of the game. It’s an unwritten rule, but you’re never supposed to slide with your cleats up because it could be seen as an intent to hurt. Joe Kelly and Tyler Austin were ejected, and that was that. Nonetheless, the Yankees offense looked dominant in this one. Both Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez returned to form combining for 6 hits and 7 RBIs highlighted by Sanchez’ two bombs and a triple by Stanton off of David Price in the first inning. The Sox offense looked to keep the Red Sox in the game after an early exit from David Price due to a “sensation feeling” in his pitching hand. J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam to go with his 4 RBIs and Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits, but it just wasn’t enough. The Yankees came ready to play in Game 2, and it showed in an entertaining slug fest. Can you say the rivalry is back? This isn’t the end between these two.

Yankees 10, Red Sox 7
W- Masahiro Tanaka
L- David Price

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Thursday, April 12
Rick Porcello was the star of this game early taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning. There are not many games you’ll see where a pitcher doesn’t make any mistakes, but in Game 3 Porcello just wasn’t making any. He had his two-seam fastball working, to go along with his change-up, which has been a great out pitch for him the last couple of starts. On offense, the Red Sox had hits from Mitch Moreland (who had to come in the game for Hanley Ramirez, who was hit-by-pitch on the wrist from RHP Sonny Gray, which would be later called a right wrist contusion, and what looked to be unintentional from Gray) and Andrew Benintendi. The Red Sox did a good job at stringing together hits to produce runs, including RBIs from Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. It looked like the Red Sox were cruising in this one. The hits, the pitching, the defense…it was all there. Then the 9th inning came. The Red Sox survived a scare in the ninth inning when the Yankees started to come back after a bases-clearing double from Gary Sanchez. Craig Kimbrel came in the game and produced a ground out from Aaron Hicks, a strikeout of Neil Walker, and a strikeout of Tyler Wade to give the Red Sox the series win.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
W- Porcello
L- Gray

The Red Sox will travel to New York to begin a series against the Bronx Bombers May 8th, 9th, and 10th. Look for the offenses to continue to battle it out and look for the bullpens to improve. The Red Sox take the first season series, let’s see what the series in New York brings. Possible retaliation from the Yankees? Another bench clearing brawl? We will see.

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