Alex Cora confident in Boston Red Sox bullpen entering playoffs

Alex Cora confident in Boston Red Sox bullpen entering playoffs

The New York Yankees set a Major League Baseball record for home runs in a season when rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox. Friday, they would tie the mark set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

The Yankees have one more chance to add to the record total Sunday as they try to complete a three-game series sweep against the AL East champion Red Sox, who they could meet again next week in the playoffs.

When Aaron Judge returned to the Yankees dugout on Friday night after hitting the team's 264th home run of the season, equipment manager Rob Cucuzza stood up in the visitor's dugout at Fenway Park and began signaling for someone to get the attention of a member of the home team who could retrieve that ball for them. The Yankees won 8-5 in Saturday's meeting, Lance Lynn earned his 10th win of the year.

The Yankees joined Boston and Houston as teams to win 100 or more this season, making the AL the first league to have a trio of 100-win teams in the same year.

On Dec. 11, the day the Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton, a home run record was immediately in jeopardy.

Red Sox: Nunez remained in the game after the brush with Cessa but remained in the game until he was pinch run for after a sixth-inning walk.

The home run record wasn't the only one to fall. Headed for a one-game, wild-card playoff, the Yankees need to be firing on all cylinders to advance to the ALDS.

Mookie Betts clinched Major League and A.L. batting crowns, J.D. Martinez cracked his 43rd home run of his debut Boston season and pitchers who figure to see the mound in the A.L. Division Series performed splendidly.

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Carroll had said last week that the Seahawks and Thomas were in a "good place". "He knew exactly what had happened to him". The 29-year-old was playing the 2018 season under the final year of his contract, which has a cap hit of $10.4 million.

"It happens all the time at our stadium", Stanton said.

But Pearce grounded out on a 3-2 pitch to third base to end it, giving the Yankees their 99th win.

Arizona also put first baseman-outfielder Christian Walker (facial fractures) on the 60-day disabled list. In all, the usually bitter rivals ran out 26 position players and 15 pitchers, with Red Sox manager Alex Cora pulling starter Rick Porcello from a no-hitter after two innings and sending out a sub for Betts so he could get a curtain call.

Cora would not say Wednesday who the final picks for the bullpen would be. But after Saturday, they can hang their head high.

Stanton said he doesn't believe the man meant to hit him.

As such, the Red Sox will be depending on Sale to log a quality start Friday night, regardless of his velocity. Andujar finished the regular season with 47 doubles.

TOP PERFORMERS: Miguel Andujar is batting.297 with a.327 on-base percentage and.527 slugging percentage in 148 games this season for the Yankees.

Here are those problem areas that could affect each AL playoff team on their quest for a World Series title. It was the only team in baseball to go all season without losing four straight.

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