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Friday night http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , arguably sports’ greatest rivalry is renewed in the postseason again in the American League Division Series.In a quick reminder, the Red Sox, down to their final inning of what was about to be a four-game sweep, tied Game 4 against Mariano Rivera, won in the 12th inning on a David Ortiz walk-off two-run homer and then went on to win the next three games — and then ended the franchise’s 86-year World Series drought by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals.Article continues below ...That was then and this is now, with the 108-win Red Sox hosting Games 1 and 2 as they open their quest for a fourth title in 15 years.While the Red Sox waited, the Yankees, seeking their first title since 2009 and their second since 2000, broke out the long ball and eliminated the Oakland A’s in the wild-card game Wednesday night.“I think (his players) can’t wait,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the home run hero of New York’s 2003 elimination of the Red Sox. “I think they’re ready and relish the opportunity to go up against the game’s best this year. And obviously we’re very familiar with them.“We know how good they are. I mean, we know we have to play our best if we’re going to have a chance to beat them. Obviously they’re very tough at Fenway.”The Red Sox won the final game of the regular season last Sunday to win the season series 10-9 — and are 29-28 in the last 57 games between the rivals. But it was a dominating four-game sweep by the Red Sox in early August that blew the AL East race open.Now, the 108-54 record resets to 0-0.Chris Sale Roberto Osuna Jersey , the Boston ace who has thrown just 17 innings since July 27 because of a shoulder inflammation problem, faces J.A. Happ in the opener — with Boston’s David Price going against Masahiro Tanaka in Game 2 of this matchup between rookie managers.“Everybody in baseball wants this matchup and so do we,” says New York’s Dellin Betances, who pitched well out of the bullpen Wednesday night.Thursday, Sale said, “It’s fun. I mean, what else do you want? You got the Yankees and the Red Sox in the playoffs playing against each other. One of the biggest rivalries in sports ever. It’s what we signed up for.”Red Sox manager Alex Cora meant all along to limit Sale’s innings in an attempt to turn around his late-season struggles that included going 0-2 against the Houston Astros in last year’s ALDS. But the plan could not have been to limit the skinny left-hander to 17 innings after July 27 of what looked like a Cy Young season.Sale, 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA on the season, gave up three runs on four hits — with eight strikeouts — in 4 2/3 innings against the Orioles last Saturday, with his velocity down, has thrown twice since. Weather forced him inside for his first session but he threw in the bullpen Wednesday.The Red Sox feel a mechanical flaw that has since been corrected was the cause of the mph dip.“I do feel that they found something and he’s going to be fine,” Cora said. “Obviously, we’re going to have to wait ’til (tomorrow) to see if it works. But one thing for sure http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , if there’s velocity there, if he goes up to 99 mph or he’s throwing 95 mph or he’s throwing 91 mph, he’s still a great pitcher. And he showed it. … So as far as him competing and his slider and his changeup, they’re still good. It’s just the separation obviously what makes hitters uncomfortable.”The Yankees started Luis Severino Wednesday, thus holding Happ, who is 7-0 in 11 starts, for Boston.Happ is 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts against Boston this season (six of the 11 runs against him were unearned) and was 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in four outings last season. He is 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 21 games — 20 starts — lifetime against the Red Sox, 5-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 10 games — nine starts — at Fenway Park.He is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 postseason games — three starts — and was pitching in relief when he was on the champion Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.Sale beat the Yankees twice this season, allowing just one run and striking out 19 in 13 innings. But both outings came before July.Sale is 6-4 with a 1.61 ERA in 17 games — 14 starts — lifetime against the Yankees.The Red Sox have some ugly numbers against Happ — except for Steve Pearce and Brandon Phillips, the latter not likely active for the series. Pearce is 11-for-32 (.344) with six homers and Phillips 8-for-23 (.348) with three home runs off the lefty.But Sandy Leon is 1-for-10 (.100), Jackie Bradley Jr. 3-for-20 (.150), Xander Bogaerts 5-for-31 (.161), Andrew Benintendi 2-for-18 (.167) Paul Molitor Jersey , Rafael Devers 2-for-12 (.167), J.D. Martinez 4-for-20 (.200) and Mookie Betts 7-for-34 (.206) with two homers.The current Yankees roster is hitting a combined .193 (32-for-166) against Sale. Aaron Hicks is 8-for-25 (.320), but Miguel Andujar is 0-for-6, Austin Romine 2-for-17 (.118), Gary Sanchez 3-for-20 (.150), Brett Gardner 4-for-45 (.160) with 10 strikeouts, and Aaron Judge 3-for-18 (.167) with two home runs.While the Yankees bullpen took care of the last five innings Wednesday night, the Red Sox enter the postseason loaded with pen questions. In fact, Boston relievers had a cumulative 4.84 ERA in 126 1/3 innings.“You look around the league in September, there were some great bullpens that became bad,” Cora said. “They were hit around. They were giving up leads. It’s the nature of 162 games. We’re going to the same guys, and it seemed like some of them hit the wall.”The Boston bullpen had a 6.75 ERA in 19 games against New York this season.Cora confirmed former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi will start a Game 4 if necessary, in New York and likely against CC Sabathia. JUPITER http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , Fla. (AP) — Dexter Fowler is taking the best piece of hitting advice he has ever received and applying it to his entire spring training approach.“Have a short memory,” Fowler said.Fowler had a 2018 worth forgetting.A career .262 hitter with an on-base percentage of .360, Fowler hit only .180 with an on-base percentage below .300 while battling nagging injuries much of the year. A foul ball that broke his foot ended Fowler’s season in early August, limiting him to 90 games – his lowest single-season total since the year he broke into the big leagues.“You learn from it and move on,” Fowler said.Now 32, Fowler is entering the third season of a five-year, $82 million contract. An All-Star with Chicago in 2016 when he posted a .393 on-base percentage to help lead the Cubs to their first World Series title in more than a century, Fowler scored 186 runs during a two-year stint with Chicago prior to joining St. Louis.Cardinals manager Mike Shildt is seeing a rejuvenated, more upbeat Fowler compared to the player who struggled last season.“With Dexter, I want that million-dollar smile to be more consistent,” Shildt said. “I want him to appreciate and enjoy what he’s doing and get back to a place that he’s coming from, that he has a lot of records from, and that’s a place of success — not only individually but in team settings.”Jose Martinez Justin Smoak Jersey , not Fowler, will start in right field on Saturday when the Cardinals open preseason play against the Miami Marlins. Left fielder Marcel Ozuna, working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, will be the designated hitter in the opener and isn’t expected to play the field for the first couple of weeks.Fowler will make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday, and Shildt has already announced that Fowler will hit second in the lineup, between Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt.“From an on-base standpoint he’s one of the elite on-base guys in the league,” Carpenter said of Fowler. “Obviously he’s a great base runner. If you can put what I do and what he does in front of guys like Paul Goldshmidt and Marcel Ozuna it’s a recipe, potentially, for a ton of runs.”Carpenter has reached base at no less than a .374 clip in five of the past six seasons. Goldshmidt has driven in at least 110 runs three times during his career. Ozuna drove in 124 runs in 2017 with the Marlins.Unlike previous seasons, Fowler most frequently hit in the sixth or seventh spot last season.“I’m accustomed to being in the top of the lineup,” Fowler said. “I’ve always been a guy who’s tried to get on base.”

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