New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia critical of umpire Angel Hernandez

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia critical of umpire Angel Hernandez

By the same token, the Yankees got emasculated on their home field on Monday night.

Now, that's exactly where they're staying.

With the Boston Red Sox leading the New York Yankees 4-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, there was an odd sight in Boston's bullpen in Game 4 of the American League Division Series: staff ace Chris Sale warming up.

NY mounted a last-ditch rally against wild closer Craig Kimbrel, scoring twice in the ninth inning. With a full count on slugging catcher Gary Sanchez, Kimbrel left a 98 miles per hour fastball over the heart of the plate and Sanchez barely got under it, sending it to deep left field for a sacrifice fly. The second baseman made a backhand flip to Bogaerts covering second for a forceout, and Bogaerts threw to first, where Hernandez signalled out for a double-play.

The Red Sox could've done with a little less excitement. NY set a major league record this year for most home runs in a season, but didn't go deep in the two games at Yankee Stadium.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler (R) celebrates in the clubhouse. That was on three days rest after he pitched one inning in relief three days earlier - not after a start.

His instincts, based on sound logic and Eovaldi's track record against the Yankees, paid off as Eovaldi completely suppressed the Yankees in Game 3. It was the most lopsided postseason loss in team history and a truly embarrassing thrashing.

Then, a 2018 season of soaring expectations - now over in bitter disappointment.

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Last night, thanks to an all-around disaster, the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination by the Red Sox.

Boston also clinched its third consecutive division crown on enemy ground September 20.

The Red Sox hold homefield advantage over the Astros, but Houston holds homefield advantage over the Yankees.

The possible deciding Game 4 will be played at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. They'll take. A year after the Red Sox finished last in baseball with a 62.3% swing rate on strikes, they were second to the A's among AL playoff teams with 67.8%.

After splitting two games at Fenway Park, they quieted the Yankees' boisterous crowd - and their unsafe bats.

New York Yankees fans aren't exactly covering themselves in glory this postseason. "It was loud and had a good atmosphere back then, but I think just starting with last year's Wild Card Game, there was a different buzz".

'It's a good song. He's one of those guys that can become the face of baseball. Hinch wanted to win Game 4.

That was the last time his team did.

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In the dugout, utilityman Brock Holt had done nearly a cartoon double-take an inning earlier, when he saw his team's projected Game 5 starter warming up.

He was supposed to be the Game 3 starter, but given Cora went to Porcello in Game 1 for two outs, he figured Nathan Eovaldi could do the job.

Sabathia, 38, threw 153 innings with a 3.65 ERA this season.

"One pitch at a time", Kimbrel said.

"Earlier tonight I used an expression while referencing Masahiro Tanaka's recent pitching performance", Darling, who is of Hawaiian-Chinese descent on his mother's side, said in a statement.

So I definitely think there's something to it.

Zach Britton gave up an opposite-field homer to No. 9 batter Christian Vazquez in the fourth, and NY never recovered.

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