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Hicks leaves Game One early; All it takes is one play to define the series; Sevy and CC lined up for Games 3-4; Yankees crossed a strike entering Boston

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
If Aaron Hicks misses significant time, that will be a big blow for the Yankees in the ALDS
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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Hicks has quietly put together a great season for the Yankees. One of the most stable members of the lineup, Hicks left the opening game of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox in the fourth inning with a hamstring issue, and that could be a big blow if he can’t make it back for the remainder of the series.

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Speaking of the Red Sox series, oftentimes in the playoffs one little play can have a massive impact on the outcome of a Yanks-Sox meeting. In the last clash back in 2004, several Yankees players felt the impact of losing John Olerud despite the backup first baseman batting only .182. Hicks going down, or any other misfortune that happens as the series develops could be the moment that turns things for good in this year’s battle.

ESPN | AP: The Yankees announced their starters for the Boston portion of the ALDS earlier in the week, and now they’ve announced who will follow them. Luis Severino will follow up his four-inning outing in the Wild Card Game with a start in game three of the ALDS, and CC Sabathia will get the nod in a potential game four.

ESPN | AP: The Yankees were slowed down getting to Boston by a delayed train, and it seems that there was more commotion when they got into the city. No doubt looking for a quick set up to rest and prepare for Friday, the Yankees crossed a picket line at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where the labor union is holding a strike. Safe to say, this provided Bostonians with more ammunition to hate the Yankees.