2018 AL Division Series

Bedard: Make no mistake, Alex Cora is the difference for these Red Sox

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Ok, so it didn't go exactly to plan. Did anyone really think a Red Sox-Yankees postseason series would wrap up nice and tidy bow?

Of course not.

But in the nerve-wracking end, the Boston Red Sox vanquished the New York Yankees and are moving onto their first American League Championship Series since 2013, when they delivered a most unexpected world title.

And after disappointing losses in the ALDS the previous two years, make no mistake: Alex Cora is the reason why the Red Sox advanced to face the Astros following a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night.