NY clinches home field in wild-card game with series-opening victory.
The Bronx Bombers have been paced in long balls this season by Giancarlo Stanton, who has 37.
NY has to go through Oakland first, in Wednesday night's AL wild-card game.
It's sure to be a kinetic, breakneck affair under the lights at Yankee Stadium next week.
"Literally the last thing that we were talking about on that pitch was if a Yankee hits a homer...we have to throw it back", said Lastrapes, according to Harvey. The victor will be in Boston for Game 1 of the AL Division Series, starting Friday.
And the Yankee faithful can now breathe a sigh of relief that they won't have to fly across the country for this epic one-and-done affair.
"That's the idea when you're an opposing fan, but I don't think that's what he meant to do", Stanton said of the incident, via ESPN.
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Muncy's pinch-hit homer gave him 34 for the season and the drive splashed into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field arcade. Joe Panik and Evan Longoria got the only hits, a pair of singles, for the Giants , who went 5-21 in September.
On Dec. 11, the day the Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton, a home run record was immediately in jeopardy. If Chris Sale can only go four innings in the opener, then maybe Eovaldi or E-Rod come in for a few innings.
"It's something we've done before", said Cora, pointing to the Red Sox' four-game sweep of the Yankees in August, when they gave up zero home runs in three of the games.
"That's an exhale right there, for the moment", NY manager Aaron Boone said. But after Saturday, they can hang their head high.
Stanton, who didn't seem to be hurt in the slightest by the ball, was impressed himself, looking up at the fans on the Green Monster and giving them a smile and a salute as he trotted his way to home base to put the Yankees up 8-2 in the second game of the teams' final series of the regular season. The Yankees have hit 20 or more homers from every spot in the batting order, and six players have tallied at least 24 home runs this season. Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 fifth, Matt Barnes fanned two while working around a two-out single in the sixth and Ryan Brasier tossed a scoreless seventh.
"We talked about it once we started getting closer", right fielder Aaron Judge said Friday night, just after the Yankees tied the Mariners' 21-year mark. An inning later, Hicks - back after being sidelined the past three games with hamstring tightness - hit a three-run homer that drifted into the visitors' bullpen. Red Sox: 4-6, .273 batting average, 5.38 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs.
The home run record wasn't the only one to fall. Stanton gave a quick salute to the man. "I've never seen it happen before", Stanton said. Andujar hit his 47th double, tied for second-most for a rookie in major league history. It was the only team in baseball to go all season without losing four straight. He also started a game against the Yankees while pitching for Tampa Bay this season, allowing five runs and eight hits in a loss on June 15.