Sport Yankees' comeback against Red Sox may prove to be a turning point

19:25  12 august  2017
19:25  12 august  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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The Yankees had so much fun mounting a comeback against the Red Sox yesterday that they decided to do it again tonight. The Yankees are giving Hicks every chance to prove himself but he’s not taking advantage of the opportunity.

NEW YORK — It was as if October had come early to the Bronx.

The 46,509 fans in attendance Friday collectively bordered on ballistic as the New York Yankees mounted a five-run eighth-inning comeback against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

The crowd collectively held its breath — if they weren’t booing — a half-inning later, as closer Aroldis Chapman walked three in a row to start the ninth, only to be bailed out when left fielder Aaron Hicks caught Eduardo Núñez trying to tag up from second to third.

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10 years ago, the Red Sox began their dramatic, unique comeback against their nemesis the Yankees , and we ' re here to relive all of it with you. The Red Sox , who were fated to lose at all turns -- especially on the big ones -- were not supposed to come back from three games to none, and the

The Red Sox needed every ounce of that performance from their star pitchers, too, as they struggled to get much of anything going against the Yankees ’ ace. After having done nothing at the plate all day, it was hard to be excited about their chances of a late comeback . They proved that lack of

But in the end, the home faithful went home happy, as the Yankees held on to beat the Red Sox and cut Boston’s lead in the American League East to 3 ½ games.

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And in a crowded divisional race — and a wild card race that is even tighter — matchups against divisional foes are no longer just another game. After all, ending up on the right side of a game like Friday night’s could make all the difference with just over a month and a half left to play.

“They definitely are bigger,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I think these are extremely important games. Again, we’re within our division and we’re chasing the Red Sox and we need to make up ground to win our division.”

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Added Hicks: “You need wins. When games are close you got to grind them out and get those wins. One run can be very important.”

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The Yankees and Red Sox will meet this week at Yankee Stadium. And, while it may be a little too early in the season for this to be a Big Series, we still see one of the great baseball rivalries of all time beginning to stir once again.

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Of course, Friday night at Yankee Stadium doesn’t change the fact that the Red Sox are still firmly in control of their own destiny. The defeat snapped an eight-game winning streak, but Boston is still undoubtedly the favorite to win the division.

During the course of their win streak, the Red Sox scored 50 runs, their bullpen hadn’t allowed a run in 18 consecutive innings and the pitching staff posted a 3.04 ERA.

Friday night, those trends didn’t change much.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez threw six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, the latest standout performance from a Red Sox rotation that continues to excel despite the absence of left-hander David Price.

And once again, Boston did its job from the plate, hitting two homers to establish a three-run lead that looked secure as the Red Sox turned to the bullpen that leads the majors with a 3.01 ERA.

This time, though, the bullpen faltered – surrendering a two-run homer to Hicks in the eighth to Yankees comeback.

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BOSTON (AP) — The Yankees and Red Sox have had their share of games decided by late rallies and towering home runs. Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia started the comeback with consecutive singles and a successful double steal.

“We need to get as many wins as we can against these guys,” Hicks said. “And tonight just showed that we’re willing to fight back. That was awesome, very important.”

In this AL East, the Yankees are going to need to fight back for the rest of the season. They play the Red Sox 10 more times this season, which could be a blessing or a curse

On one hand, it gives the Yankees the fighting chance they need to catch Boston and finish atop the division, especially with Hicks back on the field and the eventual return of Greg Bird and Starlin Castro.

Yet on the other, that looks like an uphill battle with the way the Red Sox are playing.

If the division gets out of reach, playing 10 games against the Red Sox could prove fatal in a wild card race that features six teams within two games of the Yankees. To make matters worse, two of those teams are division rivals in the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles.

For now, though, the Yankees are airing on the side of optimism, dubbing Friday night’s victory as a late turning point in their season.

“I think it can really propel you and get you going,” Girardi said. “We’ve done it a number of times, where we’ve had some big wins and they’ve got us going on a nice streak. You hope, and you look at tomorrow – it carries over to tomorrow. We know it’s another tough game but winning the first one is better than losing the first one.”

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Added Chapman: “You know, whenever you’re able to win a game like that – such an exciting game – you definitely feed off of that. We’ve just go to keep it simple, go one game at a time and see what happens.”

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