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Blowout loss to Red Sox recalls 2004 ALCS

Boston Red Sox players, from left, Alan Embree,

Boston Red Sox players, from left, Alan Embree, Pedro Martinez and Ricky Gutierrez celebrate after Boston defeated the New York Yankees 10-3 in Game 7 of the AL championship series Wednesday night, Oct. 20, 2004, in New York. Credit: AP / Charles Krupa

If Yankees fans thought they’d had seen Monday night’s thrashing by Boston once before, they actually did in 2004, when the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 10-3, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

The stakes were a bit higher in that year as the Red Sox rallied from an 0-3 deficit to become the first major league team to win a best-of-seven series after trailing three games to none.  

The Yankees face an elimination game Tuesday.  

David Ortiz, the 2004 ALCS MVP, started that rout with a two-run home run in the first inning off Yankees starter Kevin Brown.  

The Red Sox put the game away in the second inning. Brown loaded the bases before being relieved by Javier Vazquez, who yielded a grand slam to future Yankee Johnny Damon.  Damon, who drove in six runs, homered again in the third and it was 8-1. 

The Red Sox went on to win the World Series with a four-game sweep of the Cardinals. 

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