Red Sox 'know what's coming' regardless of their playoff foe

Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks give Yankees critical playoff ingredient

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While most of their heavy hitters - Home Run Derby champions Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge included - were held out of the lineup for Saturday's game, they found plenty of power in rookie slugger Gleyber Torres, who mashed his 24th homer of the year on a 385-footer off of the Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez.

The Red Sox finished the regular season with their 108th win, a franchise record, and they will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. "I don't know if I can really describe how they do it", Judge said. It's just a insane atmosphere.

Number 264 might be gone, but the Yankees aren't. That pulled them into a tie with the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the most long balls in a season in major league history.

After Cora challenged Rodriguez to be better than he was out of relief on Saturday, Rodriguez struck out two batters in a flawless inning of work yesterday, his fourth relief outing in seven days. Betts scored 129 runs in only 136 games - an abdominal strain sidelined him in early June - to tie Cleveland's Francisco Lindor for most runs in the majors.

Lowrie got his 23rd homer on Angels reliever Jim Johnson's first pitch in the sixth, giving him 99 RBIs. Although Happ gave up a grand slam, he had an otherwise clean outing, allowing only three other hits.

Athletics: Brett Anderson (4-5, 4.42 ERA) is likely to make his fourth start since returning from the disabled list. Although the team is just beginning to ramp up conversations about who it will trot out for the start of the contest, Happ wants his coaches and front office to know he would be pleased if he was handed the ball.

"I wouldn't have thought it got to me that fast with a fan throwing it. Just have to continue to work to stay where I'm at and be the best player I can be".

When it came to the rest of the Yankees' scoring Friday night, Sanchez got things going in the third, when he crushed a 446-foot shot over the Green Monster. "Our goal is to win 11 games in October". When he first made contact, Hicks appeared to be upset, thinking he hit a long flyout.

The most important thing that happened on Friday was not the record-tying home runs. His 13 homers since being traded to the Yankees on July 29 are tied for the most in baseball in that span with Milwaukee's Christian Yelich. "They've been doing it all year, especially after we added Voit, and what he's been doing for us has been huge".

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.

Mookie Betts clinched Major League and A.L. batting crowns, J.D. Martinez cracked his 43rd home run of his debut Boston season and pitchers who figure to see the mound in the A.L. Division Series performed splendidly.

"Excited to go chase it down", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

This will be the second straight season NY has hosted the AL wild-card game. "It's either this year or last year.".

Although Scioscia has steadfastly refused to confirm reports that he won't be back next year, the Angels essentially treated this game as a farewell: They gave away a bobblehead doll with his likeness and aired several video tributes to the winningest manager in franchise history at the Big A. Scioscia led the Angels to their only World Series championship in 2002, but the Halos haven't won a playoff game in nine years.

"In a lot of ways, we're built for our ballpark", Boone said. Whenever he had to play center field, he played center field.

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