Red Sox Yankees game
They’re a rivalry 17 years in the making. And on Tuesday night, they’ll each be looking to establish dominance when the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game.
They’re headed for the big stand-off after each team’s biggest players came up big when it mattered most on Sunday. While Aaron Judge pushed hard for a winning home run with a one-out single during the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, Red Sox slugger champ Rafael Devers pulled off a stunning double runner for breaking a 5-5 tie with the Nationals in D.C.
Both victories went a long way toward avoiding numerous tie-breaker eventualities opposite the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.
Red Sox Ready For The Win
According to Devers, Sunday’s game was but the first of many more victories to come for the Red Sox.
Devers’ massive cap brought his teammates crashing from the dugout with cries of “Yankees Suck!” from several fans among the massive crowd of 33,000+ at Nationals Park. And at Yankee Stadium, Gio Urshela helped New York to finish the year 92-70 to only just avoid a tiebreaker scenario with several other teams.
Yankees Manager Aaron Boon responded to Sunday’s resolve by referring to the year as a wild and crazy time, not to mention tough and exceptionally challenging. He said it remained fitting that the action would all boil down to a last day for getting it in.
For the Blue Jays and the Mariners, Sunday’s outcome had both teams perching on the outer skirts looking in. While the Blue Jays stomped all over the Baltimore Orioles toward a 12-4 victory, they still needed a loss by either the Red Sox or the Yankees for setting up a tiebreaker for deciding the final wild-card spot.
The Job Isn’t Done Yet
Winning 91 games and still not making the Playoffs hurt, said AL MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in response to Sunday’s result. Even so, he said it would make him as well as his team stronger for coming back better and bigger next year.
As for the Yankees and the sentiment shared ahead of Tuesday’s big game, Judge said now is not the time for exhaling, but instead, for realising there remained much work to be done yet. And his were words echoed by Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
Perhaps significant ahead of Tuesday’s skirmish is that both teams suffered recent injury scares: a sprained left ankle for Boston slugger J.D. Martinez and a limp from a missile fly into the bench for a dugout-headed Gio Urshela.
Even so, all bets are off ahead Tuesday’s squabble.