BOSTON (WPRI) — The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will play against each other in the post season for the first time since 2004.
The Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-2, for the wildcard spot in the American League Division Series (ALDS). Meanwhile, the Red Sox continued to prepare for the playoffs earlier in the day.
“To be there, almost there, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Manager Alex Cora said. “Yesterday I was locked in. I was like, ‘Well, here we go!'”
Game 1 will be held Friday at Fenway Park, after the team secured the AL East crown for the third straight year.
“We are feeling pretty good about ourselves, playing at home,” shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. “We haven’t done it in a while, playing at home, getting our work in, waiting around until Friday to see who we play.”
“The biggest thing with the postseason is that every pitch, every out, every result has a lot more meaning in a five- or seven-game series,” pitcher Matt Barnes added.
Fenway Park has also been making preparations to host the ALDS. Since the Red Sox clinched the AL East, crews have been working to place ALDS signage throughout the park.
On Wednesday, crews laid a fresh coat of paint sporting the ALDS logo on the field.