Red Sox: In winning their third straight AL East title and setting a franchise record for wins, the Red Sox improved by 15 victories over their 2017 record. "We've got a lot of guys on this team with a lot of thump, and they've been doing it all year".
Giancarlo Stanton would later extend the record to 266 with a solo shot in the seventh, also becoming the first Yankee to reach 100 RBI this season in the process, and Torres' homer also gave the Yankees another fun record: it was the 20th hit by a Yankees No. 9 hitter this year, making them the first squad in Major League Baseball history to get 20 or more round-trippers from all nine spots in the batting order over the course of a season. Rodriguez was the fourth of eight Boston pitchers, going one inning and striking out two.
"You see a lot of things in these games", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
- The Red Sox led all of baseball with a.268 average, .339 OBP and.453 slugging percentage. They're both really good teams. As such, this leaves two distinct scenarios in which the Yankees might deploy its vaunted relief crew.
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.
As for battling right-handed hitters, the Yankees could turn to either Chad Green or David Robertson in the early going of the game with a pressure circumstance brewing.
J.A. Happ cruised through the first five innings, allowing no runs on one hit, before getting into a mess in the sixth and surrendering a grand slam to the latest Yankees kryptonite, Steve Pearce. Despite the struggles, Kelly has the most playoff experience of Boston's relievers with 16 appearances.
On Dec. 11, the day the Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton, a home run record was immediately in jeopardy. The Yankees said it was not injury-related and only to give Stanton some rest. LHP Stephen Tarpley got five out, striking out four.
Until he's told otherwise, Happ said he plans to spend the next few days preparing as if he is starting Wednesday "just because I don't want to be caught off-guard". "We haven't settled on that or anything". They are one of just seven AL teams to ever tally that many wins.
NY reached 100 wins for the 20th time in franchise history and first since going 103-59 in 2009, when the Yankees went on to win their most recent World Series title.
Needing a win to finally wrap up the one lingering question mark for their October run - homefield advantage in the Wild Card game - the Yankees came to Boston and took care of business, demolishing the Red Sox 11-6 in Friday's series opener. The Mariners had held the record since 1997.
After Betts saw his batting average plummet from a team-high.318 in 2016 when he finished second in the AL MVP voting to.264 last season, he figured he'd bounce back this season, but not even he expected to boost his average by 82 points.
- Craig Kimbrel finished the season with 42 saves, the fifth time in his career he's saved 40 or more games. Boston's only other years not losing four in a row ended in championships, with the 1903 and 2013 teams defeating the Pirates and Cardinals, respectively. Boston won the World Series in both of those years.
Betts is the first Sox player to win the American League batting title since Bill Mueller in 2003. Wade Boggs was the last Boston player to lead the majors in average, hitting.366 in 1988.