No Limitations On Red Sox Ace Chris Sale vs Yankees


BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Red Sox won a team-record 108 games during the regular season. The rival Yankees won 100, and then survived a Wild Card play-in. None of that matters now as Chris Sale and JA Happ will square off when Boston and New York clash for their Division Series opener at 7:32 PM tonight at Fenway. 

Sale's dominated the Yankees in two starts this year, allowing one run in 13 innings, with 19 strikeouts. So, WBZ's Jonny Miller wanted to learn more.

"Can you tell us about your success against the Yankees this year?" Miller asked. 

"Uh, no," Sale replied dryly.

Sale's average velocity has decreased in four outings since coming off the disabled list. While it's a concern, manager Alex Cora said the lefty won't have any limitations after an adjustment to his mechanics.

"Now he's a full-go. Just go out there and perform," Cora said. "He's in a good place and he's ready to roll. He's very excited to start game one - we're excited too."

Happ's hoping to keep his emotions in check. "I wanna focus on being aggressive and trusting myself," the pitcher said. "Just continuing to do what I do and trust that that's gonna be enough. That this game is another game. It's a big game but I'm gonna treat it like any other one."

Happ has a 199 ERA in four starts opposite the Sox this year.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports


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