Sox finish off historic season with rout of Yankees

J.D. Martinez

J.D. Martinez

After New York Yankees power hitter Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run to the top of Fenway Park's infamous Green Monster at the top of the seventh inning on Saturday, a Red Sox fan took that ball and whipped it back onto the field in protest, hitting Stanton in the arm after a hop as he rounded second base.

The game is virtually meaningless with the Red Sox already holding home field advantage throughout the postseason and the Yankees slated to host the Wild Card Game.

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 Boston Red Sox finished the 2018 regular season at 108-54, becoming the winningest team in franchise history.

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The Red Sox, who clinched the best record in baseball with a franchise-record 107 wins, were hoping to make things hard for their archrivals - and the A's, too - by forcing the victor of the wild-card game to fly cross-country next week. Sale typically has great command of all of his other pitches, including his devastating slider, as the Red Sox skipper noted. He remains an option to pitch in the wild-card game.

The Sox trailed, 8-2, but Blake Swihart drove in a run with a groundout in the eighth, and Holt hit a two-run homer in the ninth. "We just happened to kind of all go through them at the same time", he said.

Aaron Judge's first home run since returning from the disabled list was a significant one. "We're still going to have four days off", Cora said. The Yankees said it was not injury-related and only to give Stanton some rest. The Yankees have gone 8-2 in Happ's starts this season. "I just think it would be a shame if they don't go farther because you know how this (regular-season) stuff gets forgotten". The Yankees topped them on Saturday.

Miguel Andujar also set a club record with his 45th double, the most by a NY rookie since Joe DiMaggio set the previous mark with 44 in 1936.

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The night before, Judge walloped a pitch from Boston's Bobby Poyner to tie the record and turn the inevitable into reality. J.D. Martinez is batting.329 for the Red Sox this season, and his.624 slugging percentage is third in the American League. The Red Sox have no clear setup option ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel, with journeyman Ryan Brasier and the inconsistent Matt Barnes most often getting the call.

Workman may make it because of his postseason experience in 2013, helping the Sox win the World Series.

A North Carolina native and a current resident of storm-ravaged Wilmington, Nixon spent parts of 10 seasons in Boston after being drafted seventh overall in 1993 out of New Hanover High School.

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