Hendriks fired to become first Australian starter in playoff

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"It's a good song". The A's have lost eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays and the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series, and dropped all four of their postseason matchups against the Yankees. "We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game". The Yankees weren't slouches by any means, winning 100 games and securing home-field advantage in the wild-card game, where they'd face an A's team that won 97 games despite not having a starting pitcher it considered worthy to face NY.

NY is 19-9 in the postseason at new Yankee Stadium, where boisterous Bronx crowds try to intimidate. After a 162-game regular season, the slate has been wiped clean. The win over Oakland in last week's wild-card game improved NY to 7-0 at home in the postseason since the start of the 2017 playoffs. If you're a Yankees fan, you're dying to know what other dance moves Betances has in his repertoire.

Piscotty has been clutch in his first season with the A's, hitting 12 of his career-high 27 home runs in the seventh inning or later.

"You're always wondering, 'How's this going to end?' But our guys fought all night and to be able to get that last out there was great", Oberg said. They'll face the rival Boston Red Sox in the postseason for the first time since the 2004 AL Championship Series. It is hard to argue with that assessment after the team's wild-card win. The Red Sox went on to win their first World Series since 1918, but Boone's drive off Tim Wakefield has not been forgotten or forgiven. Not only should Wendelken be relied on to pitch in this game, he might be asked to go more than one inning, as he has shown the ability to do so during the past month.

With all the hype surrounding the Bronx Bombers, is this really a surprise?

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Reid can play deep and in the post, he can cover and is excellent in defending the run because of his 6-foot-1, 217-pound frame. Mauro is very familiar with defensive coordinator James Bettcher's scheme during his four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

"This fan base I feel like absolutely connected with kind of this new generation of Yankee player, this young corps that has developed", Boone said. "It takes years off of you", said Judge, the Yanks' right fielder. Without an ace to turn to, the A's made it clear they'll try to ride their bullpen through to the ALDS by tabbing reliever Liam Hendriks to be the opener against NY. NY rallied for an 8-4 win against the Twins, but the memory remained raw. "That's what they got", Red Sox star pitcher David Price said then.

Eovaldi was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 11 starts and one relief appearance for the Red Sox, who acquired him from Tampa Bay in July.

Betances was given the win for that game, and his huge effort allowed the Yankees to hold on long enough to turn their slim 2-0 lead into a 6-0 blowout by the time Dellin departed.

Boston player-manager Joe Cronin and NY outfielder Jake Powell fought on the field and beneath the Yankee Stadium stands in 1938, and Jimmy Piersall of the Red Sox and Billy Martin of the Yankees brawled beneath Fenway Park's stands in 1952.

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