Yankees rally with big sixth inning, now on top

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The tide has turned at Target Field.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira launched a one-out double to left field in the top of the sixth inning, ending a streak of 10 straight retired batters by Twins ace Francisco Liriano. 

A wild pitch gave Teixeira third base and then Alex Rodriguez drew a walk.  Robinson Cano, who had 109 RBI during the regular season, drove in Teixeira just a few moments later to put the Yankees on the board 3-1.

Liriano rallied for a strikeout of Marcus Thames, but Jorge Posada sailed a single to right field that scored A-Rod and moved the Yankees to a slim one-run deficit.  Curtis Granderson hit a towering triple off the center field wall in the next at-bat that lifted the Yanks to a 4-3 lead and knocked Liriano out of the game.

Liriano finished with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.  He allowed four runs, all in the sixth inning, and walked three.  The Yankees lead by a run heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.