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Robby Scott, one year into the big leagues: 'Nothing’s going to stop me'

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Robby Scott, one year into the big leagues: 'Nothing’s going to stop me'

NEW YORK — None of the Red Sox September call-ups this year are arriving in the majors for the first time. On Sept. 2, 2016, lefty Robby Scott made his major league debut.

Scott, who made his way to the Red Sox from independent ball in Yuma, Ariz., was a feel-good story last year. But going into spring training, he was far from a guarantee to make the team. Nothing about his career has been anywhere close to a guarantee.

Now the Red Sox' go-to southpaw, Scott reflected on the CSNNE Baseball Show podcast on his first calendar year living the life he dreamed.

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It wasn't all roses this year. He was sent to the minors, and not because his performance warranted it, but because of roster crunches. 

Triple-A pitching coach Bob Kipper helped him keep a level head.

"When I got sent down a couple times this year, he’s like, 'This is the reason why you are where you are, is because you’ve overcome that. So what’s going to stop you from keep doing that?' And it’s nothing," Scott said. "The only answer is to that, nothing’s going to stop me. I’m going to keep going out there when I get the opportunity."

The determination in Scott's voice and attitude is hard to ignore. He still gets questions about his independent ball life, and it's not a story he minds discussing over and over.

"To sit back on it and to reflect on it, I do it all the time," Scott said. "Just when I get up and caught up in some moments throughout the season where I may seem to be struggling at little bit and just going back to having fun, and not letting the big picture get in the way of the small picture and enjoying what this opportunity is. 

"I knew it was going to be a long road. Just trying to reflect on the road as much as possible and don’t lose sight of that, because it’s helped me become the person I am, and just become you know a great story, not just for me but for kids coming up. And just realizing that, don’t ever give up on your dreams."

There's a self-assurance for Scott, though. He believed he'd be in this position.

"Because if I didn’t I wouldn’t be here," Scott said. "There’s a lot that goes on in the offseason between the workouts and the preparation, getting yourself ready for the season. And in those days of the offseason and spring training it becomes repetitive, it becomes a challenge to motivate yourself. The motivation is why we’re here, and the motivation is to be a part of this organization that is expected to win on every single night. 

"And that’s something that I strive for and that’s something I live for, and I don’t ever take for granted. So to answer your question, yeah, I absolutely imagined being here and being grateful for the opportunity. Because there’s probably many many other ways they could have went, you know coming down the stretch last year. Did I earn the opportunity? Yeah, probably but they didn’t have to — it wasn’t given, it was earned. And you know I’m forever and extremely grateful for just having the opportunity."

 

ALCS: Judge home run sparks New York, Yankees beat Astros 6-4 to even series

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ALCS: Judge home run sparks New York, Yankees beat Astros 6-4 to even series

NEW YORK -  With a soaring shot headed for Yankee Stadium's Monument Park, Aaron Judge got New York back on track for another memorable October.

Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the unflappable New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night and tie the AL Championship Series 2-2.

The Baby Bombers trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored when Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead two-run double off loser Ken Giles.

The Yankees overcame three errors and have roared back from a second straight 0-2 series deficit - they beat Cleveland in the Division Series by winning three in a row to take that best-of-five matchup.

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth to cap a three-hitter. New York improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs and won for the 18th time in their last 21 home games.

Yankee Stadium will be rocking again when Masahiro Tanaka pitches for New York against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 Wednesday. It's a rematch of the series opener, when Keuchel outdid the Japanese right-hander in a 2-1 Astros win.

An AL MVP candidate marred in a sluggish October, Judge sparked the Yankees by chasing McCullers, who baffled the Yankees with his power breaking ball.

Except for the last one.

Judge launched a curveball into the netting above center field's Monument Park for New York's second hit.

"Once we're within striking distance like that, anything can happen," Judge said.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch pulled McCullers after 81 pitches, Didi Gregorius tripled off Chris Devenski and Sanchez brought Gregorius in with a sacrifice fly.

"I thought Aaron's home run just lit a little spark," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Todd Frazier led off the eighth with a double to left, and pinch hitter Chase Headley then did the same - only after falling between first and second base, taking one step back, then heading for second and sliding in ahead of Jose Altuve's tag.

"Panic," Headley recalled. "I went from one of the best feelings of my career to one of the worst in just a matter of seconds, but fortunately it worked out."

Brett Gardner brought in Frazier on a groundout, and Judge came to bat with the bundled crowd on its feet.

He reached down to stay with a slider and drilled a double high off the left-field wall as a fan in a longsleeve yellow shirt reached down and touched the ball. Gardner came home with the tying run, and Gregorius grounded a single just beyond shortstop Carlos Correa's reach to put runners at the corner. Sanchez, who had been 0 for 13 in the series, scored them both with a slicing drive that skipped to the wall in right-center.

Houston had not lost consecutive games since Sept. 8-10 at Oakland and the major leagues' best road record during the regular season. The Astros had just three hits and are hitting .153 in the series.

Yankees starter Sonny Gray pitched one-hit ball through five innings but again had no run support. His teammates have yet to score for him in four career postseason starts while he's still on the mound, including twice with New York this year.

Houston took a 3-0 lead in the sixth after George Springer walked leading off, and Josh Reddick reached on catcher's interference by Austin Romine - inserted into lineup for his defense.

Robertson walked Altuve and struck out Carlos Correa before Yuri Gurriel lined a three-run double past Frazier and all the way to the wall. Gurriel got hung up between second and third as Altuve scored, and he was tagged out by Judge to end a rundown.

Houston added a fourth run when second baseman Starlin Castro misplayed Brian McCann's grounder in the seventh, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to score from second. It was Castro's second error of the game.

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Ron Gardenhire to interview with Red Sox Wednesday

Ron Gardenhire to interview with Red Sox Wednesday

BOSTON — Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire's interview for Red Sox manager is scheduled for Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. He'll be the third to interview for John Farrell's old job, following favorite Alex Cora on Sunday and Brad Ausmus on Monday — and may be the last to interview as well. 

The Sox could move quickly from here. Announcing hiring is tricky this time of year, because MLB doesn't want personnel moves to detract from the playoffs. 

But if Cora ends up the choice, as is most likely, his introduction is further complicated by the fact that his team, Houston, is still playing — and could be playing in the World Series.

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Cora, who would be a first-time manager unlike Ausmus and Gardenhire, is close with Red Sox second baseman and leader Dustin Pedroia and is drawing interest across the game.

Gardenhire would be something of a safe hiring, considering his 13 years as manager of the Minnesota Twins. A few days shy of his 60th birthday, Gardenhire would have to prove he could handle a vastly different market than Minnesota, and also connect with players despite being older than both Ausmus (48) and Cora (41). 

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