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Perfect timing for Chris Sale

by Mark Kilmurray

The door of the visiting bull-pen at Yankee Stadium swung open before the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday night.the entrance into a baseball version of the Temple of Doom for many an opposing relief pitcher. Out stepped a tall lean left-hander more than two hours later than he would typically make the entrance to serve as the setup man for RedSox closer Craig Kimbel. That Chris Sale was the likely starter in the event of a deciding game 5 in the American League Division Series didn’t matter. Boston was going for the killeith a three-run lead and New York seemingly on the ropes, a bold decision that sent ripples through each dugout and prompteda cascade of boos from the boisterous sell crowd on hand. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasler had each worked 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh respectively. The bottom two batters in the Yankee order were due and switch-hitting leadiff man Aaron Hicks would be forced to contend with the more spacious left field by batting from the right side. Sale threw fastballs on just four of his 13 pitches getting his way through Gileyber totes, pinch hitter Andrew McCutchen and Hicks.Sale calmly walked off the mound. The RedSox and the Yankees are all even in post season at 12-12

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