Cora the soothsayer: Manager Alex Cora remade his lineup for Game 3, inserting four new players who hadn't started in the series. He went with Rafael Devers over Eduardo Nunez and got two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. He chose Christian Vazquez over Sandy Leon and was rewarded with two hits, two more runs and an RBI. He had Steve Pearce at first, which resulted in a run-scoring single. And last but hardly least, he opted for BrockHolt at second instead of Ian Kinsler and Holt became the first player in baseball history to hit for the cycle in a postseason game. Not a bad night for the manager. "We have depth,'' said Pearce, "and when you have that many options, I'm sure it's a good feeling for Alex.''
Eovaldi comes through: Originally slated to pitch Game 4, Nathan Eovaldi was moved up a day to provide an additional day for Rick Porcello who pitched out of the bullpen in Game 1. It worked perfectly, as Eovaldi pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. In four appearances against the Yankees this season, Eovaldi has allowed one earned run in 23 innings. "He's been great against them the whole season,'' said Cora, "and that was good to see tonight.'' Eovaldi was efficient, needing more than 15 pitches in an inning just once -- in the first inning. He also finished strong, retiring the last six hitters he faced and 11 of the last 12.