In­jured Hicks sits out

Tight ham­string both­ers Yan­kee as Price faces Tanaka

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

BOS­TON — Yan­kees out­fielder Aaron Hicks was not in the lineup Sat­ur­day night for Game 2 of the AL Divi­sion Se­ries.

He left Fri­day night’s game with a tight right ham­string.

“Be­fore the game, it started cramp­ing up a lit­tle bit,” Hicks said. “One in­ning, two in­nings, three in­nings — in that last at-bat it started re­ally cramp­ing up on me. It sucks to come out of this game.”

Hicks had sin­gled to lead off the fourth and jogged to first base. He seemed to be try­ing to stretch his legs as he stood on the base in the cold Oc­to­ber night be­fore man­ager Aaron Boone and trainer Steve Dono­hue went out to check on him.

Brett Gard­ner started in cen­ter and bat­ted eighth as the Yan­kees tried to even the se­ries against the Red Sox af­ter los­ing 5-4 in Game 1.

Red Sox Game 2 starter David Price was try­ing to over­come a his­tory of post­sea­son strug­gles. The left-han­der was 0-8 as a starter in the play­offs, though he has two post­sea­son wins in re­lief.

Price was fac­ing righty Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched seven shutout in­nings last year in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros.

Red Sox knuck­le­baller Steven Wright was re­placed on the ALDS ros­ter by re­liever Heath Hem­bree.

Wright has in­flam­ma­tion in his left knee. He is in­el­i­gi­ble for the rest of the se­ries and can­not play in the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries. He could be ac­ti­vated G1: G2: G3: G4: G5: for the World Se­ries.

Wright told man­ager Alex Cora be­fore Game 1 on Fri­day that his knee was both­er­ing him.

Hem­bree was 4-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 67 games.

De­spite a Game 1 loss, the Yan­kees were feel­ing pretty good af­ter ral­ly­ing from a 5-0 deficit and los­ing by only one run.

“We al­most caught them,” Boone said. “I thought we did a re­ally good job of peck­ing away, a good job of giv­ing our­selves op­por­tu­ni­ties, and just ran out of time there.”

The Yan­kees had 10 hits, but the first nine were sin­gles. Gian­carlo Stan­ton, who hit 38 home runs in the reg­u­lar sea­son, had four of the Yan­kees’ 13 strike­outs.

Red Sox re­liever Ryan Brasier faced three bat­ters in Game 1, and two of them reached. Bran­don Work­man got a big out but also al­lowed two hits and a walk. Matt Barnes walked one and al­lowed an in­her­ited run­ner to score. Even usu­ally re­li­able closer Craig Kim­brel coughed up a run.

It was ex­actly the kind of per­for­mance that had Red Sox fans in a panic en­ter­ing the se­ries. But Work­man in­sisted the team is still con­fi­dent in its bullpen.

“I be­lieve we’re the guys that are go­ing to get the job done,” he said.

Added Chris Sale: “There’s no hold­ing back now. It’s ev­ery­thing on the table, ev­ery­thing you’ve got.”

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Trainer Steve Dono­hue checks the ham­string of Yan­kees out­fielder Aaron Hicks (31) on Fri­day night in Game 1.

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