Boston topples Yankees in AL Wild Card

Boston took the early lead, relied on some dominant pitching and tacked on a key defensive play to defeat New York 6-2 in their AL Wild Card round Tuesday. The Red Sox now face the AL East champion Toronto in the divisional round.

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October 6, 2021 - 9:56 AM

Alex Verdugo of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his RBI double against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of the American League Wild Card game Tuesday. Photo by Maddie Meyer / Getty Images / TNS

BOSTON (AP) — As the ball sailed over the center field fence, landing 427 feet from the plate in a horde of happy Red Sox fans, Xander Bogaerts turned to the Boston dugout to flex his muscles before resuming his home run trot.

This is the matchup the Yankees wanted.

And the Red Sox were ready.

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