Red Sox Hold Off Yankees 5-4 in Game 1 of ALDS

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Yes, they're bitter rivals. I mean, we know we have to play our best if we're going to have a chance to beat them.

Sure, they would have preferred a couple dozen more wins along the way, but there were no known issues between them in the clubhouse.

It's Red Sox versus Yankees in the American League playoffs. They're like the modern reboot. He then finished the outing by getting Mookie Betts on a lineout. And the hired guns they do have - Giancarlo Stanton and J.D. Martinez - well, they're both worth the price of admission.

As if it weren't enough to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and tear through the 2018 schedule with 108 wins. On the pitching side, their strengths vary.

A seven-time All-Star who was the ace of the White Sox staff before coming to the Red Sox in 2017, Sale had never pitched for a playoff team before starting the opener of Boston's series against Houston. That could be what makes the difference here. The last time the Yankees won 100 games was in 2009, and they went on to win the World Series that year. And this series should be quite entertaining.

THE RED SOX roster was set Friday for the ALDS and did not include reliever Heath Hembree. Kelly's saving graces are his 100-mph fastball and his low home-run rate - 0.5 allowed per nine innings - against a NY team that set a major-league record with 267 this season. Pearce is 11-for-32 (.344) with six homers and Phillips 8-for-23 (.348) with three home runs off the lefty. The games were not surprisingly high scoring. As mentioned, David Price has scuffled in a big way against the Yankees this season, and he has served up nine home runs in his 15.2 innings pitched against NY this season. They threatened often in the game, but lacked the big blow to come all the way back. He spent two separate stints on the DL due to mild left shoulder inflammation during the second half of the season. David Price has struggled against the Yankees this season, and the Yankees lineup is hitting a combined.318 against the left-hander, plus the over went 3-0-1 in his four starts against NY this season.

But the Red Sox starter for Saturday's Game 2 of the ALDS just can't manage to duplicate the form and formulate in the post season. The Yankees advanced to the ALDS after beating the A's in the wild-card game on Wednesday night in NY. He's been good throughout his entire career against Boston, posting a 2.98 ERA over 117.2 innings.

Chris Sale went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

The series shifts to NY for Game 3 on Monday, followed by Game 4 on Tuesday.

Price is 16-7 this year with a 3.58 ERA. Craig Kimbrel entered the game and induced an Andrew McCutchen fly out to end the inning.

"We nearly caught them", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

HUNT FOR MR. OCTOBER As a Cy Young victor and three-time finalist, David Price has been one of the best regular-season pitchers of his generation.