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Angel Hernandez is the second umpire this year to have 3 calls at first overturned in a game.

The 30-year-old Boston Red Sox utility player made history on Monday, recording the first cycle in Major League Baseball playoff history during a 16-1 drubbing of the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

The New York Yankees were 6-0 at home in the postseason a year ago, and enter Monday's ALDS Game 3 with the AL Wild Card Game win in their pinstriped back pocket.

Twitter absolutely went off on Hernandez during and after the game and he was actually trending in the US after.

The Red Sox pounded out 18 hits and scored their most runs in a road playoff game.

For the first time since 2013, the Boston Red Sox are heading to the American League Championship Series.

And the Red Sox knew it.

Brock Holt had one thing in mind: He was swinging for the fences.

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Last night, thanks to an all-around disaster, the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination by the Red Sox. Like I always say, I care about my arm and being healthy. As with the Yankees, Houston hosted the Red Sox for a four-game series at Minute Maid Park, and then visited Fenway Park for a three-game set.

The Yankees are going home.

Stanton then singled to put runners at the corners, and Gregorius grounded to Holt. Jason Varitek led off the eighth with a home run off Hernandez and Nomar Garciaparra followed with a double to force Torre to go to his bullpen, but four relievers combined to shut down Boston and give the Yankees the victory and the trip to the World Series. Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay in July and the hard-throwing righty compiled a 1.93 ERA in four starts against NY this season - three with the Red Sox. After all, NY hit by far the most home runs of any team in the regular season, and it scored five or more runs in an inning 16 times (per Baseball Reference).

Benintendi, already a Yankees nemesis, was on base four times and scored twice. The Red Sox plated two more runs in the third frame before a huge fourth inning.

Severino looked out of sorts in the outing, but his rushed pregame warmup likely had little to do with it. It certainly wouldn't be smart for Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia to plunk a guy on goal and risk getting ejected.

The Red Sox bullpen appeared to have little trust from their fanbase entering this series, but the relief crew threw 17 innings and allowed just seven runs. Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth. For the second straight night, Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone hesitated to remove his starting pitcher early.

Holt went 4-for-6 and finished off his cycle with a two-run homer off Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine in the ninth.

In their long and storied histories as iconic franchises in Major League Baseball, the Yankees and Red Sox have squared off against each other 2,215 times. In Game 7, Ortiz crushed a two-run homer in the first inning off Kevin Brown, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in a game they would never trail and eventually won 10-3.

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