Yanks-Sox rivalry goes up a notch for playoffs – MLB.com

The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, one of the most storied in all of sports, dates back more than a century and 2,000 games. It’s a matchup rich with tradition and iconic moments — and yet, these two titanic franchises have only met in the postseason three times.

That changes this week, when baseball fans will be treated to a fourth October meeting, beginning Friday at Fenway Park in the American League Division Series. The Yankees defeated the A’s, 7-2, in Wednesday night’s AL Wild Card Game to punch their ticket to the best-of-five showdown against the Red Sox.

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The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, one of the most storied in all of sports, dates back more than a century and 2,000 games. It’s a matchup rich with tradition and iconic moments — and yet, these two titanic franchises have only met in the postseason three times.

That changes this week, when baseball fans will be treated to a fourth October meeting, beginning Friday at Fenway Park in the American League Division Series. The Yankees defeated the A’s, 7-2, in Wednesday night’s AL Wild Card Game to punch their ticket to the best-of-five showdown against the Red Sox.

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ALDS presented by T-Mobile, Game 1: Fri., 7:32 p.m. ET on TBS

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It’s been 14 years since the 2004 AL Championship Series, the last playoff bout in this historic rivalry. Boston manager Alex Cora and New York skipper Aaron Boone were still five-plus years away from retiring as players. Longtime Yankee Brett Gardner was playing baseball at the College of Charleston and wouldn’t even be drafted for another year. Yankees rookie shortstop Gleyber Torres was only 7, and Red Sox star Mookie Betts had just turned 12.

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