Red Sox (barely) prove they have the edge in baseball’s greatest rivalry

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"But he shouldn't be around these playoff games", Sabathia, who finished with 35 strikes on 59 pitches, added.

After winning Games 1 and 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series, the Red Sox were put in position to close the Yankees out in Game 4 thanks to an absolutely stellar pitching performance by Rick Porcello, a former AL Cy Young award victor. He was awful at first base. If caught, Kimbrel could've been removed from the game, but the Yankees never pointed it out to the umpires.

"He's always bad", Sabathia said. He's regarded as one of the worst umpires in all of baseball, and for the most part, he lived up to that reputation throughout the series.

Red Sox righthander Rick Porcello, who started on the mound for Boston, responded to Sabathia's criticism. "I thought Angel Hernandez called a good game", he told reporters, per James Wagner of the New York Times. Four plays at first base were reviewed in the first four innings, and three were overturned.

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"Throw the ball over the plate, CC", Porcello said when asked about Sabathia's comments.

"There were several very close calls at first base tonight, and we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them".

I'm sure just about every pitcher uses some kind of substance to help them grip the baseball, which is a good thing since, you know, they are throwing over 95 miles per hour and it'd be a good thing if they have control of it.