Alex Cora made the right moves when Red Sox needed it most

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In retrospect, this felt like the last time the Red Sox played a postseason game at Yankee Stadium. "If you have the lead that night, you've got to do whatever you can to win, and if that means starting pitchers pitching, that's what it means".

Expanded video review in the major leagues began in 2014. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39).

He'll be the answer to a trivia question for that, and also for allowing Brock Holt's ninth-inning home run, which wrapped up the first-ever cycle in postseason history. I'm sure that'll go well and not have one hint of controversy.

Severino started the fourth inning by loading the bases on two singles and a walk. "It just happened that he came in relief in Game 1, and we made a decision to give him one more day".

When he stepped in to face Romine, Holt said he was specifically trying - for the first time he could recall in his career - to hit a home run.

Severino was nicked for a single run in the second inning on an infield single by Christian Vazquez and surrendered two more in the third on a sacrifice lineout to left by J.D. Martinez and a fielder's-choice grounder by Rafael Devers. All three baserunners Severino left behind would cash in once Lance Lynn took over.

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Aaron Judge finished 2-for-4 with a first-inning solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Saturday night's 6-2 win at Boston. Aaron Sanchez finished 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs.

Making his first playoff start this year, Holt opened the fourth with a single off Severino and capped the 26-minute outburst with a triple to right field.

"As bad a night as it was for us, we've got to turn the page", Boone said. "Obviously, you don't go into the game expecting to make history or do anything like that, let alone score 16 runs".

"Seven innings, two hits, one run", was Cora's answer when asked Sunday what he expected from Eovaldi tonight. Like so many of their milestones set or matched this season, the previous reference points were teams that won championships.

Hernandez has had first-base calls overturned in 14 of 18 video reviews during the last three regular seasons, according to Sports Info Solutions, and his 78 percent overturn rate was above the 60 percent overall figure for first-base calls during that span, the company said.

There were 329 pitches thrown by nine pitchers on Monday night, and it was Eovaldi who threw the 25 hardest.

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