Blowouts and a brawl: Red Sox-Yankees rivalry in 2018
The Red Sox and Yankees will face off in a four-game series at Fenway Park starting Thursday night at a pivotal point in the race for the American League East title. So far, the two rivals have battled each other nine times in 2018, games that have been defined mainly by blowouts and a brawl. In case you need to jog your memory, let's take a look back at the season series so far:
GAME ONE: APRIL 10
Final: Red Sox 14, Yankees 1
What happened: Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and a grand slam to pace the offense while Chris Sale struck out eight in six innings, running Boston's winning streak to nine. On a cold April night, the Sox gave Luis Severino a chance to get warm early, tagging him for five runs in five innings and giving Sale a lead he would never relinquish. New York's usually dominant bullpen proved mortal, giving up nine runs, resulting in the largest margin of victory against the Yankees since they took down New York by the same score on August 22, 2009, at Fenway.
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GAME TWO: APRIL 11
Final: Yankees 10, Red Sox 7
What happened: Did the rivalry finally return? With the Yankees leading, 5-1, and David Price exiting the game after just one inning with hand numbness, Brock Holt objected to a Tyler Austin slide at second and the benches emptied. Nothing other than words were exchanged, but in the top of the seventh, with New York up, 10-6, Joe Kelly drilled Austin and Austin charged the mound. The benches emptied again and the rivalry added another fight to its history. New York won the game and snapped Boston's winning streak, but when looking back, that will be the last thing on people's minds.
GAME THREE: APRIL 12
Final: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
What happened: The buildup to the rubber game of this first three-game set revolved mostly around the previous night's fireworks potentially carrying over. Both teams pulled their punches, however, and Rick Porcello guided Boston to a series win. Porcello struck out six and gave up just two hits in seven shutout innings while a second-inning Mitch Moreland RBI single proved to be the difference.
GAME FOUR: MAY 8
Final: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2
What happened: A month after their memorable three-game set in Boston, the rivalry took I-95 South to The Bronx for three games at Yankee Stadium. Giancarlo Stanton struck early and often, launching two home runs off Drew Pomeranz to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead through four innings. While Boston tied it in the top of the seventh on a Mookie Betts triple, an Aaron Judge single in the bottom of the frame put New York up 3-2 and Aroldis Chapman shut the door in the ninth. Just 18 days after leading New York by 7.5 games in the division, the two teams were now tied at the top.
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GAME FIVE: MAY 9
Final: Yankees 9, Red Sox 6
What happened: A two-run home run from Hanley Ramirez gave the Red Sox a 6-5 lead and a chance to retake sole possession of first place in the A.L. East. However, the Yankees didn't go quietly, scoring four in the eighth off Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel to jump ahead 9-6. Brett Gardner tripled over Mookie Betts' head to drive in two and Aaron Judge followed that with a two-run laser into Monument Park in straightaway center. Aroldis Chapman shut the door once again and New York was atop the division all by its lonesome.
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GAME SIX: MAY 10
Final: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4
What happened: After Sox fans saw three Hanley Ramirez RBI lead to an early 4-0 lead, only to see New York tie it with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, it looked like a rerun of the previous night's game. Those fears dissipated quickly, however, as J.D. Martinez turned a Dellin Betances fastball into a home run to right field, giving the Red Sox a 5-4 lead and a share of first place.
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GAME SEVEN: JUNE 29
Final: Yankees 8, Red Sox 1
What happened: At 37 and with a fastball topping out at barely over 90 miles-per-hour, C.C. Sabathia is not the overpowering goliath he once was, but that doesn't mean he's any less effective. Sabathia shut down the Sox for seven innings, giving up just one run and striking out five. Again, the teams were tied atop the division. Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up five runs in six innings, including home runs to Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird.
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GAME EIGHT: JUNE 30
Final: Red Sox 11, Yankees 0
What happened: This was the Red Sox at their best. A lethal lineup with depth - seven out of nine starters had hits - and dominant pitching. Chris Sale, for the second time in as many tries, mowed down the Yankees, giving up just one hit and striking out 11 in seven shutout innings. Rafael Devers went 5-for-5, including a grand slam off Sonny Gray, while the duo of Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez went 5-for-8 with three runs scored and three RBI.
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GAME NINE: JULY 1
Final: Yankees 11, Red Sox 1
What happened: Well, talk about the tables turning. Just 24 hours after the Sox took down the Yankees 11-0, it was New York who went home smiling with a blowout victory in the rubber game. David Price's struggles against the Yankees continued as the lefty surrendered five home runs and eight earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Price fell to 0-5 with a 10.44 ERA in his past five starts at Yankee Stadium, while Yankees starter Luis Severino tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball.
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