The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on September 27.
Vazquez will replace Sandy Leon behind the bag to catch Nathan Eovaldi and bat eighth versus Yankees right-hander Luis Severino in his first appearance of the series. Boston ended up winning 10-3, paving the way to the Red Sox's first World Series title since 1918.
"He's been talking about it for three days already", Cora said.
"I don't know if [the players] took it personally".
"I don't know where he got that, but I didn't say [anything] about [being] hurt", Severino said. He struck out five without issuing a walk. Then in the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine became the second position player in Major League Baseball history to pitch during a postseason game.
"You talk to them and you stay in touch with them", Cora said. Steve Pearce's RBI single through the left side and Holt's two-run triple to right against Chad Green were the icing on the cake, as Boston enjoyed a 10-0 lead.
Andrew Benintendi lined a three-run double and Holt tripled home two more in a seven-run fourth inning that quickly turned the latest playoff matchup between these longtime rivals into a laugher.
Incredibly, Hernandez will be the home plate umpire for Tuesday night's Game 4.
Price said after his start he will pitch in any role that helps the team. Amazingly, he just might be in the midst of the most disastrous night of his far from distinguished career.
"We're ready for another shot", Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said.
NY is built for Yankee Stadium, where it takes advantage of the short right-field porch and hit 144 of its record 267 home runs. His past relief successes in the postseason could be negated both by the opponent and the venue, but Price and Cora haven't lost faith that he could still play a factor in helping Boston advance in this series. He threw 72 of his 97 pitches for strikes and forces 17 swings-and-misses, striking out five against no walks.
The expiration date: It's a little hard to make it out all these years later, but there's a good chance it says October 8, 2018. Kimbrel and the Red Sox - suspended in mid-celebration for a minute - resumed bouncing around in excitement.
The first seven came from Joe Kelly, one of the final inclusions on the 25-man playoff roster. NY hadn't gone consecutive games at Yankee Stadium without a home run since April. Like I said, yesterday was Brock, Devers, and Christian. And besides his stellar performance defensively in the ninth, Vazquez hit his first homer since June in the fourth, putting the Sox up 4-0. "Honestly, it felt like he could have kept throwing and kept getting more outs". This was as ugly a game as you'll see a team play in the postseason.