Rick Porcello ready to attack Yankees hitters in Game 4

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Only then did Boone come to get his young ace, but the snowball was already rolling down the hill by then.

With the other three division series wrapped up in just 10 games among them, we're left with the drawn-out drama of the Red Sox aiming to eliminate the Yankees in NY for the first time (in their first opportunity) since 2004.

With Rick Porcello scheduled to start Game 4 on Tuesday and Chris Sale likely to pitch Game 5 back in Boston if it's necessary, Price's best shot at redeeming himself in this series will be coming out of the bullpen.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39).

However, both Boone and Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the situation was being overblown. "The good thing about today is it's one game".

"Against Tanaka, we got a little overaggressive, swinging at a lot of pitches out of the zone", Bogaerts said. "Tomorrow's obviously do or die".

Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA and.217 opponents' batting average at home, just 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA and.257 opponents' batting average on the road.

"He's not around here (all the time)", Severino said.

"I always go to the bullpen 10 minutes before the game", Severino said.

The game fell apart quickly, too.

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Single to start the ridiculous seven-run fourth.

Severino started the fourth inning by loading the bases on two singles and a walk.

By the seventh, the stands had started to empty.

Consider this: Before Holt homered off Austin Romine in the ninth inning, the Sox were in position to become just the third team in postseason history to score at least 14 runs without a homer.

The second-string catcher actually hit 90 miles per hour with his fastball. This was the first time in Major League Baseball history a player hit for the cycle in the playoffs.

"I told everyone [in the dugout], 'Get me up".

"I guess he's got the crystal ball, or something, huh?"

Wake up the Bambino and ask him to sign the deed transfer, because Yankee Stadium has been annexed by Boston. Clearly, no one rooting for the home team expected anything like this. Severino loaded the bases with nobody out, culminating his outing with a walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. He didn't even get to play the field. Severino retired just nine batters, Lynn was hooked after facing just four men in relief and Nathan Eovaldi was left to cut through the risky NY lineup with a comfortable cushion.

A year earlier, Boone's 11th-inning homer off Tim Wakefield won Game 7 and the AL pennant.

It was a sharp turnaround for Severino. The performance also alleviated fears in the Bronx - temporarily, anyway - the 24-year-old righty had put past playoff troubles behind him.