The Yankees set a new single-season home run record

Rendering of a proposed music theater the Red Sox owners and Live Nation would build alongside Fenway Park

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"I don't know if I can really describe how they do it", Judge said. "It's been exciting, and now we're focused on the playoffs". NY has now had 16 games with four or more home runs, a feat no other team has replicated this season.

"To have a season like that is unbelievable", Cora said. "Now we start. We're ready to go, whoever we play on Friday".

A majors-best 42-22 since the All-Star break, the A's are already locked into a trip to NY on Wednesday for the AL wild card playoff game against the Yankees.

The verdict on Cora's first season at the helm could hinge on the Red Sox' ability to suppress the Yankees' sluggers in a potential best-of-five division series - provided the Yankees beat the Athletics on Wednesday.

"You see a lot of things in these games", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "It's an opportunity none of us should take lightly - the opportunity to get in the post-season".

Voit became the 12th player to hit 10 or more home runs for the Yankees, giving the team the most double-digit home run hitters by a team in a season.

The one bit of intriguing was involving the Game 3 starter, which Cora said will be Rick Porcello. The Yankees ended up winning the game 8-5.

"Should be a fun week in baseball", he said. There won't be the same spring training feel to that one regardless of opponent for Boston, with the players and staff all but begging for the season to end after clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs on Monday night against the Orioles.

Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5) was credited with the win by the official scorer as the most effective reliever under MLB Rule 9.17 (b).

The record-breaking blast arrived in the top of the fourth inning. A brief "M-V-P!" chant broke out.

'I wouldn't have thought it got to me that fast with a fan throwing it, ' Stanton said. "He's as good as advertised".

And he's the first 30-30 player ever to win a batting title, making him the favorite to win the MVP over Mike Trout.

There will be no home sweeps of the Red Sox this season. 'I think it's fine on both sides'.

Cessa (1-4) got just one out, allowing four runs - three earned - on five hits. He was never used for more than three outs down the stretch and Cora wouldn't say if Kimbrel would be used traditionally or for extra outs in the playoffs.

Giancarlo Stanton has been plunked plenty of times. LHP Stephen Tarpley got five out, striking out four. "If the time comes and I'm able to win it, cool". "We haven't settled on that or anything".

The Yankees, who will host Oakland in the AL wild-card game on Wednesday, improved to 100-61 - that still left them far behind the AL East champion Red Sox, who have set a franchise record for victories in going 107-54 with one day left in the regular season. If they don't win the World Series, will it be a failure? Colorado outfielders Ellis Burks (1996) and Larry Walker (1997) were the others, doing so at altitude in their home Coors Field. Andujar hit his 47th double, tied for second-most for a rookie in major league history.

The night before, Judge walloped a pitch from Boston's Bobby Poyner to tie the record and turn the inevitable into reality. Boston snapped a three-game losing streak but completed the season without losing four in a row.

Betts is the first Sox player to win the American League batting title since Bill Mueller in 2003.

Martinez hit.303 with 45 homers and 104 RBI last year, but considers this year the best of his major league career.

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