Rick Porcello Fires Back After CC Sabathia Criticizes Umpire Angel Hernandez

Red Sox hold off Yanks in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS

J.D. Martinez and the 108-win Red Sox reached the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2013.

But, save for a called strike three on Andrew Benintendi and a few questionable calls, Hernandez was not a major part of Game 4, which saw the Red Sox eliminate the Yankees to move on the ALCS.

"They're never easy", said Dombrowski, who won a ring as the general manager of the Marlins in 1997 and reached two more World Series with the Tigers in 2006 and 2012. Not even a shaky ninth from Craig Kimbrel - another key piece brought in via trade by Dombrowski - could stop Boston from silencing the Yankees and the almost 50,000 fans on hand. It was a defeat that made Boston's Game 1 victory look even less resounding, as the club barely held off a sustained rally from NY courtesy of its shaky bullpen.

While the can's origin is unknown, you have to figure it wasn't just dropped.

Red Sox righthander Rick Porcello, who started on the mound for Boston, responded to Sabathia's criticism.

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Severino's counterpart, Nathan Eovaldi, shut down the Yankees, allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings as the Red Sox took a 2-1 series lead. "I want to win it all", Stanton said.

Nationally, viewership for TBS baseball postseason coverage is up 40 percent over 2016 - the last time the network had the ALDS - and 13 percent over last year's NLDS, which included a decisive Cubs-Nationals Game 5. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award victor entered with a 0-3 in 12 previous postseason appearances, which included four starts.

There's no crying in baseball - unless Angel Hernandez is behind the plate.

"I told [Holt] it's a tough league", Cora said with a grin before Game 4.

Pitching on 11 days' rest and perhaps for the final time in pinstripes, Sabathia escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first when Kinsler hit an inning-ending flyout to Gardner in front of the left-field wall.

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