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BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Judge helped chase David Price early by
hitting a home run to a part of Fenway Park where balls rarely travel.Gary
Sanchez did him one better.The Yankees catcher http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-belisle-jersey ,
who tested his manager’s confidence with a sub-.200 batting average and poor
defense for most of the season, hit two homers, the second a 479-foot shot clear
out of the ballpark that sent New York to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox
on Saturday night and tied their AL Division Series at one game apiece.“Just a
monster night,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You know he’s capable of
that. We all know he’s capable of that. That’s kind of what we’ve been waiting
for to some degree, where he can take over a game on offense.”One night after
Chris Sale earned his first career playoff victory, Price fell to 0-9 in 10
postseason starts and was booed off the field after five outs by a Fenway crowd
hoping to see the Red Sox protect the home-field advantage they earned with an
AL East title and franchise-record 108 regular-season wins.Instead, Masahiro
Tanaka helped the wild-card Yankees claim the first victory by a road team in a
Division Series game this year and gave them a chance to advance to the AL
Championship Series with a pair of wins at home, where they are 7-0 over the
past two postseasons.Games 3 and 4 are at Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday
nights, with Game 5 back in Boston on Thursday, if necessary.“We can’t wait,”
Judge said. “We know our fans are waiting for us to come back home, especially
with the series tied 1-1.”Judge homered for the third straight playoff game, a
445-foot shot that landed in the back row of seats above the Green Monster ,
high above the 379-foot marker and about 10 feet to the left of the pole flying
an American flag blowing straight out.It was the longest home run of the
postseason — for about five innings.That’s when Sanchez aimed one in the same
direction, sending it out of the park and onto Lansdowne Street. A few feet
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history of Fenway Park that have cleared the back wall to the other side of the
flagpole.“Everybody knows that Judge has way more power than me,” said Sanchez,
who joined Yogi Berra as the only catchers in Yankees history with multihomer
postseason games. “But a homer is a homer. And if we have the opportunity to
score runs like that, you know, even if it’s 300 feet, I’ll take it.”Sanchez
also had a solo shot in the second inning to give New York a 2-0 lead. Price
then walked back-to-back batters with two outs and gave up Andrew McCutchen’s
RBI single on what could be his last pitch in a Red Sox uniform.The 2012 AL Cy
Young Award winner — and two-time runner-up for the award — Price signed a
seven-year, $217 million deal to come to Boston as a free agent before the 2016
season and has pitched like an ace at times in the regular season. But his
postseason struggles have caused Red Sox fans to sour on him, and vice versa; he
can opt out of his contract after the season, and if he can find something close
to the four years and $124 million he is owed, he might just take it.In all,
Price was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings —
the shortest playoff start of his career, and tied with Roger Clemens for the
shortest in Red Sox postseason history. It was the first time in 299
regular-season and postseason starts that Price failed to strike out a batter.“I
just want to win. That’s it,” Price said. “My main goal is to win in the
playoffs, to win a World Series. … And whatever I need to do to help us do that,
I’m fine with. But I know I’m more than capable of winning games as a starter in
October. That’s what I look forward to doing.”Tanaka allowed just three
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leaving after five innings with a 3-1 lead. He struck out four and walked
one.BAD BLOODRed Sox reliever Ryan Brasier had words with Sanchez in the fifth,
when the Yankees catcher stepped out of the box to think about the 1-2 count
against him. Brasier motioned impatiently for Sanchez to get back in the box ,
and told him so in some impolite terms.Sanchez struck out on the next pitch, a
97 mph fastball. But when he came up again in the seventh, he broke the game
open. Sanchez had three multihomer games in the regular season, none after May
19.“Not much to talk about,” Brasier said plainly. “He stepped out three pitches
in a row after an 0-2 count, and I felt like it was time to throw the pitch. He
just kept stepping out. I was ready to go. That’s all it was.”UP NEXTThe teams
have Sunday off before resuming the series in New York on Monday night. Luis
Severino is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees against Rick Porcello or Nathan
Eovaldi. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brad Keller kept up his recent pitching surge
with another strong outing.Keller gave up a home run to the first batter of the
game — Cedric Mullins — but quickly settled in to pitch eight strong innings in
the Kansas City Royals‘ 9-2 win over the Baltimore Royals in a matchup of the
teams with the worst records in the majors.“Every time he takes the mound, you
expect him to keep you in the ballgame,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He just
did what he does so well. He keeps the ball on the ground and did a nice job
doing that.”Keller (7-5) gave up two runs and four hits with two walks and four
strikeouts to improve to 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his last four starts.“I was just
trying to get in a groove and throw strikes,” he said. “I just made a mistake
(to Mullins). You’ve got a long game after that. You’ve got to flush it and lock
it back in.Ryan O’Hearn homered among his three hits and drove in four runs,
Whit Merrifield scored three runs, and Hunter Dozier and Cam Gallagher also went
deep to help the Royals win for the fifth time in six games on their current
homestand.“They’re not exactly household names yet Yonder
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they’re doing okay. You watch Dozier who looks totally comfortable now. O’Hearn
has always been a guy with a lot of confidence that he can hit. It’s nice to see
Cam get off to a good start too.”With the scored tied 1-1 in the fourth, Andrew
Cashner (4-13) gave up a sacrifice fly to Merrifield after loading the bases on
two walks and a single. Dozier led off the fifth inning with a 423-foot home run
to left field to make it 3-1.“(Cashner) was having trouble gripping his breaking
ball,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “He never really got a feel for
it. He’d throw a couple and it’s just hard to go through that many hitters,
especially lefthanders, without a feel for a breaking ball. I think the last
home run is the one that’s going to stick with him. He could have come out of
that with three runs, not being able to do the things he normally does.”The
Orioles pulled within a run in the sixth when Mullins led off with a double just
beyond the reach of Dozier at third, advanced to third on a fly ball and scored
on Trey Mancini’s sacrifice fly to the wall in right.The Royals answered in the
bottom of the inning as Gallagher hit his first home run of the season, ending
Cashner’s night.“I think he was trying to get it out over the plate but it
backed up on him,” said Gallagher, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha Friday
after the Royals traded catcher Drew Butera to the Colorado Rockies. “He just
left it middle-in and I was able to get a good swing on it.”Cashner, who has
given up a career-high 21 homers, allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3
innings. He walked three and struck out one.“That was probably some of the worst
stuff I’ve carried into a game,” Cashner said. “My sinker was not there tonight.
(My) offspeed pitches were not there. (I) didn’t really command anything for a
strike.”O’Hearn added a two-run single off Yefry Ramirez later in the sixth to
push Kansas City’s lead to 6-2. Dozier’s RBI single in the eighth drove in
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and O’Hearn added a two-run homer off Ryan Meisinger to cap the
scoring.TRANSACTIONSOrioles: OF Joey Rickard was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
… RHP Jhan Marinez was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list (right hamstring
strain). He cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Norfolk. … OF Craig
Gentry was designated for assignment.Royals: Butera was traded to the Colorado
Rockies for LHP Jerry Vasto, who was assigned to Triple-A Omaha. … OF Brian
Goodwin was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: OF
Mullins, who missed Wednesday’s game with a hip injury, was back in the lineup
in the leadoff spot. “I’m feeling good,” he said prior to Friday’s game. “I’m
excited to get back out. I’ve been with the trainers; we’ve had some intense
treatment going on, but I feel really good.”Royals: C Salvador Perez was held
out of the lineup for precautionary reasons with a mild strain of his left
thumb. Perez, who missed Wednesday’s game against Detroit, hurt the thumb on
Tuesday when he lost his grip on the bat during a swing against the Tigers.
Manager Ned Yost said Perez could have caught Friday, but swinging would be
difficult. Perez was replaced in the lineup by Gallagher.UP NEXTOrioles RHP
Dylan Bundy (7-13, 5.37 ERA) will face another Royals rookie pitcher as RHP
Heath Fillmyer (2-1, 4.21) takes the mound for Kansas City. Fillmyer will make
his first career start against the Orioles. Bundy is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA
all-time against Kansas City, including one start this year May 8 in Baltimore,
in which he gave up seven earned runs without recording an out.
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