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Postseason Gameday Thread #1: AL Beasts face off

Boston vs. New York as the 2021 playoffs get under way.

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Anthony Rizzo - 1B Kyle Schwarber - DH
Aaron Judge - RF Enrique Hernandez - CF
Giancarlo Stanton - DH Rafael Devers - 3B
Joey Gallo - LF Xander Bogaerts - SS
Gleyber Torres - 2B Alex Verdugo - LF
Brett Gardner - CF Hunter Renfroe - RF
Gio Urshela - 3B Kevin Plawecki - C
Kyle Higashioka - C Bobby Dalbec - 1B
Andrew Velazquez - SS Christian Arroyo - 2B
Gerrit Cole - RHP Nathan Eovaldi - RHP

I don’t really have much to write here, having paid even less attention to the American League East this year than usual. I do recall the angst of Yankees fans on those glorious days when they dropped into fourth place. But nothing a 13-game winning streak couldn’t fix. Fun fact: the Yankees have retired every number from 1 through 10 inclusive. Including #8 twice, on the same day in 1972, and Reggie Jackson’s 44, even though he played only five years in New York, and had more games for both the Angels and the Athletics.

Go, Red Sox, I guess?