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ALDS Game Two: Yankees vs. Red Sox: Masahiro Tanaka vs. David Price

Game One went to the Sox, but the Yankees are in a good position to steal home field advantage

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Masahiro Tanaka had a dominant run in last year’s playoffs, and the Yankees need another great performance to even this series
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Game One of the American League Division Series didn’t go the Yankees’ way. Chris Sale dominated, and the offense dropped the ball in crucial situations. But today is a new day, and the Yankees find themselves in a situation where they can still take a game off of the Red Sox in Fenway and head back to New York with the series tied. Game Two features what is probably the most Yankees-favored pitching matchup we’ll see in this series, with Masahiro Tanaka going up against David Price.

Tanaka’s season has been up and down, but his second half was undoubtedly an improvement. The righty went 5-4 with a 2.85 ERA in his final 12 starts, compared to a 4.54 ERA in his first 15. Tanaka has also been a workhorse in the postseason, going 2-2 with a 1.44 ERA in four career starts. He was especially effective last year, tossing seven shutout innings in an elimination game against the Indians and dueling Dallas Keuchel twice in the ALCS.

On the flip side, David Price has plenty of demons to exorcise today. Price had an overall effective season, going 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA, but was demolished by the Yankees whenever he faced them. Price went 0-3 against the Bombers in four tries, pitching to a 10.34 ERA and giving up nine home runs. Doubling down on the pressure is Price’s postseason record, where the lefty has gone 0-8 as a starter and owns a career 5.03 ERA.

The game is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m, and you can catch the action on TBS, or stream it on their website if you’re a subscriber. Otherwise, you can listen in at WFAN 660/101.9 FM, or WADO 1260.