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A capsule look at the Yankees-Red Sox playoff game
A look at the American League wild-card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox: ___ Schedule: Tuesday, at Boston, 8:08 p.m. EDT (ESPN). ___ Season Series: Red Sox won 10-9. ___ NEW YORK YANKEES Record: 92-70. Manager: Aaron Boone (fourth season). Starting Pitcher: RHP Gerrit Cole (16-8, 3.23 ERA, 243 Ks in 181 1/3 IP). Top Hitters: RF Aaron Judge (.287, 39 HRs, 98 RBIs, 89 runs, .916 OPS), DH Giancarlo Stanton (.273, 35, 97, .870 OPS). Top Relievers: LHP Aroldis Chapman (6-4, 3.36 ERA, 30/34 saves, 97 Ks in 56 1/3 IP), RHP Chad Green (10-7, 3.12, 6 saves, 99 Ks in 83 2/3 IP), RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 0.00 ERA in 6 IP after return from Tommy John surgery).
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone will be back with the New York Yankees next year, their first manager since Miller Huggins in 1922 to return for a fifth season after failing to win a title during his first four.
“A manager is only as good as the players he’s got,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday after announcing a three-year contract for Boone that contains a club option for 2025.
“If he was entering the free-agent market, I believe he'd be the number one managerial candidate in baseball," Cashman said. "There’s a number of different vacancies, and we would be going to market looking for someone like him.”
Longtime rivals Red Sox, Yankees, back at it in AL wild card
BOSTON (AP) — Oh, it’s on. A day before he is scheduled to face the Red Sox in the AL wild-card game, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole dropped the name that dare not be spoken within the confines of Fenway Park — at least not since the last one-game playoff between the longtime rivals was decided by a light-hitting shortstop popping the go-ahead homer over the Green Monster. “Bucky Dent, right?” Cole said when asked what he knew about the history between the teams. “You’re dreaming about putting yourself in that position, and coming through for your team. And here we are.
Cashman and Boone held lengthy end-of-season news conferences, explaining the decision to fire third-base coach Phil Nevin, hitting coach Marcus Thames and assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere.
Boone had talked to Nevin about returning and said of getting rid of the trio: “That hurt, honestly."
“That was one of the things I had to struggle through with for a couple days,” Boone said. “That was a tough couple days for me, honestly. I did have to, I guess, do some soul searching.”
A third-generation major leaguer who hit a pennant-winning home run for the Yankees in 2003, Boone led the team to a 328-218 record and four postseason appearances but just one AL East title.
“I think I can help lead us to the top. That’s why I’m here. That's why I came back,” Boone said. “Ultimately, though, the proof will be in the pudding.”
Gerrit Cole pulled after just six outs as Red Sox stun Yankees early in AL wild card game
In a stunning outcome, Gerrit Cole was hit hard by the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card game. Manager Aaron Bone pulled the ace in the third inning.Thus, we all witnessed something no one could've predicted in the American League wild card game: In the bottom of the third inning, with the Yankees trailing 3-0 and two men on base with no outs, Cole walked off the mound and into the dugout. His night ended after 50 pitches — only 30 were strikes.
Cashman revealed he is in the market for a shortstop to replace Gleyber Torres, who was moved to second base on Sept. 13. He also said right-hander Jameson Taillon will have ankle surgery next week and will not be 100% when spring training is scheduled to start.
“Bottom line, shortstop is an area of need,” Cashman said. “I think Gleyber is best served at second base.”
Cashman has been GM since 1998 and is signed to a five-year contract through 2022.
“Ultimately, it falls on me," he said. “Obviously if (controlling owner) Hal Steinbrenner or anybody wants to decide to make some changes down the line, that's above me.”
New York remains without a World Series appearance since winning the 2009 title under manager Joe Girardi — in the last full season before the death of George Steinbrenner, Hal's father.
New York beat Oakland in the 2018 AL wild-card game and lost to rival Boston 3-1 in the Division Series, swept Minnesota in the 2019 Division Series and lost to Houston in a six-game Championship Series, swept Cleveland in the 2020 Wild-Card Series and lost to Tampa Bay in a five-game Division Series, and lost to the Red Sox in this year’s wild-card game.
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“We want more and we expect more,” Cashman said.
Steinbrenner issued a statement insisting on progress.
“We have a person and manager in Aaron Boone who possesses the baseball acumen and widespread respect in our clubhouse to continue to guide us forward,” he said. “As a team and as an organization, we must grow, evolve and improve. We need to get better. Period.”
Boone, 48, was an All-Star third baseman and an ESPN broadcaster and had never managed when he was hired by the Yankees.
Boone’s grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His father, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03. His brother, Bret, was a three-time All-Star second baseman in a big league career from 1992-2005.
New York was Major League Baseball’s streakiest team this season, with winning runs of 13, seven and six games, and two each of five and four, but also skids of seven, five and four of four.
Even after in-season moves to add Rougned Odor, Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo, Yankees left-handed batters were last in the majors with a .207 batting average, 26th in home runs with 53 and 28th in RBIs with 148. Their righties hit .249 with 169 homers and 518 RBIs.
“It was at times both unstoppable but many other times unwatchable,” Cashman said.
NOTES: INF DJ LeMahieu had sports hernia surgery performed on Oct. 12 by Dr. William C. Meyers in Philadelphia, and an eight-week recovery was projected. .., RHP Taillion is scheduled for right ankle tendon surgery on Oct. 28 with Dr. Justin K. Greisberg. Taillon will need about five months of recovery before throwing in games. ... CF Aaron Hicks, rehabbing from May 26 surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, may play winter ball. ... 1B Luke Voit does not need surgery on his left knee. ... RHP Darren O’Day (left hamstring) should be ready by opening day. ... OF Clint Frazier is speaking with the medical staff about his dizziness. ... OF Tim Locastro (torn right ACL) should be ready by opening day.
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John Klingberg wants to stay with Stars, but will he? .
The pressure is on the Stars to work out an agreement.Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek was the first to put hard numbers to the hypothetical, reporting that Klingberg was seeking a max-term deal in the $62 million to $66 million range. This would put him just below his young teammate Heiskanen over the same number of years. This would likely be a palatable scenario for the Stars to keep their elite top four together without paying more for Klingberg, who would be 37 when his next deal expires, than for Heiskanen, who will be as old as Klingberg is now.