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Red Sox rout Yankees 16-1, take 2-1 lead in ALDS

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The Red Sox routed the Yankees 16-1 in Game 3 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium on Monday night. They will take a 2-1 series lead and try to punch their ticket to the ALCS on Tuesday.

We covered some of the more interesting developments in the game earlier, like first base umpire Ángel Hernández spurring many replay reviews and Aaron Boone bungling the fourth inning. Here is a recap of the scoring.

Yankees starter Luis Severino lasted three-plus innings and was on the hook for six runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Nathan Eovaldi, meanwhile, pitched brilliantly. He tamed the Yankees’ powerful lineup, holding them to one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. It’s only the fifth time in 23 starts this season he has completed seven innings.

Heath Hembree got mop-up duty, working a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, the Yankees sent position player Austin Romine to the mound to pitch. If you thought the postseason was immune to the position players pitching trend, you thought wrong. Romine got two quick outs, but then issued a walk to Ian Kinsler before serving up a home run to Holt to help him complete the cycle — the first in postseason history.

Eduardo Rodriguez took over in the bottom of the ninth, getting through the frame without yielding 15 runs, putting the game in the books. The 16 runs scored by the Red Sox is the most in a postseason game since the Cardinals beat the Rangers 16-7 in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series (October 22). It’s just the eighth time since 1903 that a team has scored 16-plus runs in the postseason.

The Red Sox will go for the kill on Tuesday. Game 4 will start at 8:07 PM ET and will be broadcast on TBS. The Red Sox will start Rick Porcello opposite the Yankees’ CC Sabathia. If they’re able to close it out, the Red Sox will meet up with the Astros in the ALCS.

Straight-away center field will be 385 feet at London Stadium

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Marley Rivera of ESPN has a story about some of the on-field and in-game entertainment, as well as some aspects of the field conditions, for this weekend’s London Series.

The fun stuff: a mascot race, not unlike the Sausage Race at Miller Park or the President’s race at Nationals Park. The mascots for London: Winston Churchill, Freddie Mercury, Henry VIII and the Loch Ness Monster. I suppose that’s OK but, frankly, I’d go with Roger Bannister, Shakespeare, Charles Darwin and Guy Fawkes. Of course no one asks me these things.

There will also be a “Beat the Streak”-style race which had better use the theme to “Chariots of Fire” or else what the heck are we even doing here.

They’ve also taught ushers and various volunteers who will be on-site to sing “Take me out to the ballgame,” which is a pretty good idea given how important that is to baseball. As a cultural exchange, I think some major league team should start using “Vindaloo” by Fat Les during the seventh inning stretch here. It’s a banger. It also seems to capture England a bit more accurately than, say, “Downton Abbey” or “The Crown.”

That’s all good fun I suppose. But here’s some stuff that actually affects the game:

The end result will have some interesting dimensions. The field will be 330 feet down each foul line, and it will have a distance of 385 feet to center field, which will feature a 16-foot wall. Cook also said it would have an expanded, “Oakland-like” foul territory, referencing the Athletics’ Oakland Coliseum expanse.

Those dimensions are unavoidable given that the square peg that is a baseball field is being shoved into the round hole that is a soccer stadium. As Murray Cook, MLB’s senior field coordinator tells Rivera, that sort of thing, while perhaps less than ideal, is at least in keeping with baseball’s strong tradition of irregular field conditions. It will, however, be one of the shortest dead center distances in baseball history.

Oh, and then there’s this:

Protective netting was also an important issue addressed when building the ballpark, with Cook stressing that his team has implemented netting that “is the largest you’ll ever see in any major league ballpark.”

[Craig makes a mental note to bookmark this for the next time MLB says it won’t mandate extended netting in the U.S. because doing so is too difficult]