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The four seasons within a season

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The four seasons within a season

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

If you will excuse the poetic license, the four seasons for Red Sox Nation are the Regular Season, the Home Season, the Yankees Season series, and the Postseason. Friday, the home season and the Yankee season series begin together which is why today well take a look at the greatest rivalry since the Montagues and Capulets. Lets be honest, the Sox will win a few and lose a few against teams like Texas and Cleveland, but these series are the games that everyone talks about, everyone cares about, these are the games that everyone wants to win.

BOSTON VS. NEW YORK
Okay lets go big picture first and look at the all-time numbers between these two franchises. To be historically accurate, it should be noted that in 1901 and 1902, the current Yankees were known as the Baltimore Orioles and from 1903 through 1912 they were the New York Highlanders. From 1901 to 1907, the Red Sox were the Americans.

Team Stats from 1901 to 2010
The Yankees and the Red Sox have played 2,082 regular season games.
The Red Sox have won 942 games.
The Yankees have won 1,126 games.
The Sox wonlost percentage is .456.
The Yankees have outscored the Sox 9,964 to 9,120.
The Red Sox' record at home against the Yanks is a remarkably close 522-519.
The Yankees have had their way with the Sox in New York, 420-607.

Team Stats from 2001 to 2010
The Yanks and the Red Sox have played 185 regular-season games.
The Red Sox have won 86 games.
The Yankees have won 99 games.
The Sox wonlost percentage is .465.
The Yankees have outscored the Sox 963 to 960.
The Red Sox record at home against the Yanks is a remarkably close 47-46.
The Yankees have had their way with the Sox in New York, 39-53.

The Delicious Stat (so yummy I gain weight thinking about it):
In each of the last three seasons, the record between the two clubs is 9-9.

Batting Stats
These players started more games, by position, than any players in Red Sox history. Here is just how they did against the Yankees throughout their careers.

C Jason Varitek 165 games, .225, 21 homers, and 83 RBI
1B George Boomer Scott 221 games, .291, 27 homers, and 122 RBI
2B Bobby Doerr 269 games, .260, 26 homers, and 149 RBI
3B Wade Boggs 132 games, .319, 2 homers, and 44 RBI
SS Everett Scott stats incomplete
LF Carl Yastrzemski 329 games, .283, 52 homers, and 163 RBI
CF Tris Speaker stats incomplete
RF Dwight Evans 228 games, .251, 32 homers, and 118 RBI
DH David Ortiz 152 games, .305, 31 homers, and 115 RBI

Your 2011 starting nine versus the Yankees:

Jacoby Ellsbury 39 games, .255, 2 homers, and 17 RBI (21 of 26 in steal attempts)
Carl Crawford 138 games (all with Tampa Bay), .301, 5 homers and 66 RBI (47 of 53 in steal attempts)
Dustin Pedroia 60 games, .292, 3 homers, and 25 RBI
Adrian Gonzalez 3 games (all with San Diego), .273 1 homer, 1 RBI
Kevin Youkilis 83 games, .326, 10 homers, 51 RBI
David Ortiz 152 career games, .305, 31 homers, and 115 RBI
J.D. Drew 66 career games, .246, 6 homers, and 23 RBI
Marco Scutaro 78 career games, .240, 5 homers, 33 RBI
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 7 career games, .214, 0 homers, 2 RBI

Career games indicate not just with the Red Sox

THE GREAT DEBATE
Joe DiMaggio vs. Boston
253 games - .334, 46 homers, 222 RBI

Ted Williams vs. New York
327 games - .345, 62 homers, 229 RBI

FROM THE BROADCAST BOOTH
Jerry Remy 87 games, .246 1 homer, 22 RBI
Jim Rice 170 games, .330, 36 homers, 129 RBI

HOW THE CURRENT RED SOX DID AGAINST THE YANKEES LAST SEASON:

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA Kevin Youkilis 8 34 26 8 12 3 1 2 9 0 0 6 3 .462 Jed Lowrie 8 32 25 8 11 1 0 3 6 0 0 7 4 .440 J.D. Drew 17 70 64 10 20 4 0 3 9 1 0 5 11 .313 Dustin Pedroia 8 39 32 9 8 3 0 1 3 0 0 6 6 .250 Mike Cameron 3 12 10 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .300 David Ortiz 17 69 60 6 18 2 0 2 9 0 0 8 13 .300 Marco Scutaro 15 71 64 5 15 3 0 0 6 0 0 7 6 .234 Jason Varitek 2 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .200 Darnell McDonald 8 32 32 3 6 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 9 .188 Jacoby Ellsbury 6 29 25 2 4 1 0 0 1 5 0 3 5 .160 Carl Crawford wTampa 18 78 73 7 23 1 1 1 14 9 0 3 14 .315 Team Total 190 718 633 97 168 35 1 23

Astros beat Yankees, 4-0, in Game 7 to advance to World Series

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Astros beat Yankees, 4-0, in Game 7 to advance to World Series

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve embraced Justin Verlander as confetti rained down. An improbable thought just a few years ago, the Houston Astros are headed to the World Series.

Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers Jr. combined on a three-hitter, Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Astros reached the World Series for only the second time by blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Los Angeles opened as a narrow favorite, but Verlander, the ALCS MVP , and fellow Houston ace Dallas Keuchel will have plenty of rest before the World Series begins at sweltering Dodger Stadium.

"I love our personality," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We have the right amount of fun, the right amount of seriousness, the right amount of perspective when we need it. This is a very, very unique group. To win 100 games and still be hungry is pretty remarkable."

The Astros will try for their first World Series title, thanks in large part to Altuve , the diminutive second baseman who swings a potent bat, and Verlander, who switched teams for the first time in his career to chase a ring.

Four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees on consecutive nights after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first crown, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

"This city, they deserve this," McCullers said.

Clutch defensive plays by third baseman Alex Bregman and center fielder George Springer helped Houston improve to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and become the fifth team in major league history to capture a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four. A noted curveballer, McCullers finished up with 24 straight breaking pitches to earn his first major league save.

Combined, they throttled the wild-card Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron JudgeGary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

"I know people are going to talk about how we didn't win many games on the road. There were some other teams that haven't won many games on the road, either. We just happened to run into a very good team that just beat us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The Astros also eliminated New York in the 2015 postseason, with Keuchel winning the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.

CC Sabathia entered 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double. He snapped an 0-for-20 skid with an RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night in a 7-1 win.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York went 1-6 on the road this postseason.

After going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position through the first three innings, the Astros got on the board with no outs in the fourth with the 405-foot shot by Gattis.

Altuve launched a ball off Tommy Kahnle into the seats in right field with one out in the fifth for his fifth homer this postseason. It took a while for him to see that it was going to get out, and held onto his bat until he was halfway to first base before flipping it and trotting around the bases as chants of "MVP" rained down on him.

Altuve finished 8 for 25 with two homers and four RBIs in the ALCS after hitting .533 with three homers and four RBIs in the ALDS against Boston.

Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles before Kahnle struck out Gattis. McCann's two-strike double, which rolled into the corner of right field, cleared the bases to push the lead to 4-0. Gurriel slid to avoid the tag and remained on his belly in a swimming pose at the plate for a few seconds after he was called safe.

It was just the second Game 7 in franchise history for the Astros, who lost to the Cardinals in the 2004 NLCS exactly 13 years earlier.

Sabathia allowed five hits and one run while walking three in 3 1/3 innings. He wasn't nearly as sharp as he was in a Game 3 win and just 36 of the 65 pitches he threw were strikes.

Morton got into trouble in the fifth, and the Yankees had runners at the corners with one out. Bregman fielded a grounder hit by Todd Frazier and made a perfect throw home to allow McCann to tag Greg Bird and preserve Houston's lead. McCann held onto the ball despite Bird's cleat banging into his forearm. Chase Headley grounded out after that to end the inning.

A night after Springer kept Frazier from extra-bases with a leaping catch, Judge returned the favor on a ball hit by Yuli Gurriel. Judge sprinted, jumped and reached into the stands to grab his long fly ball before crashing into the wall and falling to the ground for the first out of the second inning.

Springer had another nifty catch in this one, jumping in front of Marwin Gonzalez at the wall in left-center to grab a ball hit by Bird for the first out of the seventh.

With McCullers in charge, the Astros soon closed it out.

"It's not easy to get here. And I don't take any of this for granted. And this is what we play for," Verlander said. "These are the experiences that you remember at the end of your career when you look back, winning these games, just playing the World Series. Hopefully winning the World Series."

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Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and FanRagSports.com's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday.