Sanchez, Judge power Yankees past Red Sox 6-2 to even ALDS

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"I feel like in baseball it's more important [in] the second half than the first half", Severino said at Sunday's press conference. I guess that's the one that was going. So I never lose my confidence in myself. "That's what I look forward to doing".

Severino has fared well against the Red Sox at home.

The steep, sloping stands and intimate dimensions of Fenway Park, the "lyric little bandbox" of Updike's famous depiction, seem created to cause the impression, particularly on cool October nights, of walls closing in on the unsuspecting opponent standing at the center of its diamond. Signed to a seven-year $217 million before the 2016 season - which made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball - he has alternated between brilliant and bad, with most of the latter example coming in his biggest starts. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said later in the day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face. "You know, just after we won Game 1 to go out there and have that opportunity to go up 2-0, and to throw the baseball the way that I did, it was definitely tough".

And there is no guarantee he will get another chance in 2018 - unless, perhaps, it is in relief - with Game 3 of this series to be played Monday night at Yankee Stadium, and the first team to notch two more wins advancing to the AL Championship Series next weekend.

After struggling badly in Game 1, several Boston relievers settled down in their second stab at the Yanks.

He has larger expectations for Monday.

Buehler walked Nick Markakis on four pitches to open the bottom of the second, a harbinger of things to come.

The Yankees smacked the most homers of any club in major league history this season with 267 and have sustained their superb slugging into the playoffs. In 10 postseason starts, his ERA is a whopping 6.03. He offered one suggestion for his success at home.

"Maybe my wife cooks better food here", he said. "I don't know. I'm not sure", he said.

"When it's on the line, you just want to perform". Home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom called it a strike, however, which seemed to be a gift to Buehler. He has held batters to a.228 batting average and recorded a 3.00 ERA in 81 innings with Sanchez, while his ERA is 3.65 and opponents' batting average.250 with Austin Romine catching.

Sanchez proved that again Saturday night at Fenway Park, as he went deep off David Price to lead off the second inning to extend the Yankees' lead to 2-0 then helped seal the victory with a three-run blast off Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh.

"We can't wait", Judge said.

"In looking back, you know, you can't ask for much more as a professional athlete to be playing on this kind of stage in this kind of environment, whether it's at home in front of our fans or coming on the road in a hostile environment against your rival", Boone said. Until October, when more often than not, he's turned into a pumpkin. "So most likely we'll use him in some spot, yeah".

"We knew tonight was huge, we didn't want to go back home down 0-2", reliever Dellin Betances said.

Happ, of course, was touted by Yankees faithful as a key to the series.

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