Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton hit with own HR ball

Mae Harvey
October 4, 2018

Brock Holt and Mitch Moreland added RBI doubles for the Red Sox (108-54), who open the playoffs Friday at home against the Yankees or the Oakland A's. Rick Porcello, the 2016 AL Cy Young victor, is expected to start Game 3 of the AL Division Series, and either Nathan Eovaldi or Eduardo Rodriguez would be the fourth starter depending on the opponent. "Get that playoff feeling watching those guys go at it".

The Boston Red Sox should consider signing one of their fans that got ejected from Fenway Park on Saturday. As the Red Sox near Sale's Game 1 start in the American League Division Series, manager Alex Cora is firm that they're looking for a mechanical improvement, not health. Of course, that's been a consistent problem for Porcello, who last season surrendered 38 home runs to lead the majors. With one out and runners on second and third, Eduardo Nunez hit one to the right side, beyond the pitcher's reach.

Voit fielded it and flipped it to Cessa, who arrived at first at the same time as the runner, tagging him but dropping the ball.

In the 7th, with the Yankees already up 7-2, Giancarlo Stanton made it 266.

For the Yankees, Andrew McCutchen is 3-for-6 and Gregorius 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer against Eovaldi, while Gleyber Torres is 1-for-8 (.125), Hicks 3-for-13 (.213) and Giancarlo Stanton 2-for-9 (.222). LHP Stephen Tarpley got five out, striking out four.

It still hasn't been announced, but Friday night victor J.A. Happ is in line to pitch the wild-card game.

"I just told him what I saw previous year", Cora said, as transcribed by the Boston Herald.

In a post-game interview, Stanton smiled when asked about getting hit by the ball, saying that he didn't think the fan meant to hit him and noting that home run balls from opposing teams get thrown back onto the field at Yankee Stadium all the time.

-Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer figured his season was done when he reached 300 strikeouts earlier this week in a win over the Miami Marlins. The Yankees topped them on Saturday. According to ESPN's Coley Harvey, the team has now registered at least 20 homers from each spot in the batting order - and, more importantly, they've outpaced the 1997 Mariners, who had gone undefeated for 21 years after putting up 264 home runs prior to their run at the ALDS.

This is the 10th time in big league history that a team has won at least 100 games and not finished first. Rafael Devers has four home runs and 10 RBIs while slugging.634 over his past 10 games for Boston. In June, when the team was still struggling, the A's were as high as 250-1 to win the World Series. The last Red Sox player to win the AL batting title was Bill Mueller, with a.326 average in 2003.

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