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ALDS Game One: Yankees vs. Red Sox: J.A. Happ vs. Chris Sale

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The historic rivals are set to face off in the Division Series for the first time ever.

J.A. Happ went 7-0 for the New York Yankees after they acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays at the end of July.
J.A. Happ is 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA since joining the Yankees at the end of July.
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The Yankees and Red Sox are set to square off in the Division Series for the first time ever. The historic rivals met three times in the LCS, with their last showdown occurring in 2004. The Yankees have only played a 108-win team in the postseason once, defeating the 116-win Mariners in the 2001 ALCS to claim their 37th pennant and advance to the World Series. In a battle of southpaws, J.A. Happ (17-6, 3.65 ERA) faces Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) in Game One of the ALDS tonight.

Pitching matchup

Happ has been a godsend since joining the Bombers in July. The 35-year-old is 7-0 with a sparkling 2.69 ERA in pinstripes. Seven of his eleven outings have been quality starts, and the Yankees are 9-2 when Happ toes the slab. Happ’s last start was one week ago in Boston, when he helped New York clinch home-field advantage for the Wild Card Game. Happ carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but then loaded the bases on a pair of hits and a walk and gave up a grand slam to Steve Pearce.

Sale saw limited action after the All-Star break due to shoulder inflammation. The perennial Cy Young Award candidate started four games after returning from the disabled list in mid-September, throwing a total of 233 pitches over 12 innings. He labored to complete 4.2 frames in his last outing against Baltimore on September 26th, when he threw 92 pitches and allowed three runs.

Lineups

How to watch

Location: Fenway Park

First pitch: 7:32 PM EDT

TV channel: TBS

Online streaming: TBS (subscribers only)

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

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