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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale: "Any time I give up two homers in a game it's not going to work out. I've got to be better than that." On the pitches that were hit by Tyler Austin and Todd Frazier: "One was a fastball, one was a slider, and I've never seen a good pitch go over the fence."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

CC Sabathia: "It's a big win for us and it's kind of a big loss for them because they need to win the games (Chris Sale) is out there."

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Watson scrambles for a 2-yard TD (0:22)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: So much for Chris Sale being a Yankee slayer. One night after a crushing loss, the Yanks stared down the Red Sox ace and beat him. Tyler Austin and Todd Frazier homered, CC Sabathia came off the disabled list to toss six solid innings, and New York's bullpen held on for the win. The Red Sox put the tying run on base in the ninth inning, but it was erased when pinch-runner Brock Holt was caught stealing second.

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Savage connects with Strong for TD (0:15)
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Brady throws his first touchdown of 2017 (0:30)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Incluido el de esta noche, "Carita" ha jugado 5 partidos contra los Yankees, yéndose de 18-8 con 3 cuadrangulares y 6 carreras remolcadas.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Including tonight, "Carita" (Rafael Devers) has played 5 games against the Yankees, going 8-for-18 (.444) with 3 home runs and 6 RBI.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 15 of the team's first 17 snaps in the preseason opener, which was a surprise given that he hasn't played in the preseason since 2012. He wasn't targeted with a catchable pass. Meanwhile, Patriots QB Tom Brady played two series, totaling 17 snaps, and finishing 6 of 9 for 67 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Elias, Rafael Devers is the first player ever with as many as eight home runs in his first 20 major-league games before turning 21.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers has homered in three straight games vs. Yankees. Dare we say, that's David Ortiz-esque.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Todd Frazier has had an eventful night against friend and ex-teammate Chris Sale. Hit by a pitch on the left calf in the second inning, strikeout in the fourth and now a solo homer in the sixth. 4-2, Yankees. Only the fifth time in 25 starts that Sale has allowed more than three earned runs.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Mets minor-league manager Luis Rojas told me about Rafael Devers' baserunning after managing him in winter ball: "You see his body and he might not look very athletic, like a guy who's going to steal 10 bases in a season or even five. But he moves a lot better than what you think."

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Judge sets record for consecutive games with a K (0:15)
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Gronk sees first preseason action since '12

Before Saturday night's game against the Texans, Rob Gronkowski hadn't played in the preseason since 2012. The Patriots tight end is coming off a season during which he was limited to eight games due to a back injury.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots thin at defensive end, it is notable that the club is not playing Trey Flowers in Saturday night's preseason game against the Texans. Flowers led the team with seven sacks last season. It is not believed that he is dealing with an injury, as he is one of the few top players not in action.

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Austin cranks homer off of Sale (0:16)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aaron Judge sets a new MLB single-season strikeout record with 36 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.

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Bradley Jr. shows off hops to make catch (0:31)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale, who entered with 1.18 ERA in 13 career games vs. Yankees, gives up 3-run homer to Tyler Austin in the second inning. Yankees lead 3-0 behind CC Sabathia, making his return from disabled list after missing two starts with knee injury.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Red Sox starter Chris Sale needs nine strikeouts Saturday night against the Yankees, in what will be his 25th game of 2017, to reach 250 strikeouts this season. Two pitchers in major league history have had 250 strikeouts in 25 or fewer games: Randy Johnson in 1997 (25), 1999 (24), 2000 (25) and 2001 (23), and Pedro Martínez in 2000 (25). (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)