Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer in the first inning, Luis Severino atoned for flopping in his postseason debut last year and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game.

New York Yankees’ Luke Voit reacts after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of the American League wild-card playoff baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Judge’s drive off starter-turned reliever Liam Hendriks got New York going, and the Yankees cruised into the AL Division Series. They’ll face the rival Boston Red Sox in the postseason for the first time since the 2004 AL Championship Series. Game 1 is Friday at Fenway Park.

New York Yankees ‘ Giancarlo Stanton, left, and center fielder Aaron Hicks celebrate after scoring on an RBI triple by Luke Voit against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of the American League wild-card playoff baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Oakland Athletics’ Nick Martini flips his bat after striking out to end the top of the seventh inning of the American League wild-card playoff baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Late-season spark Luke Voit added a two-run triple in the sixth off closer Blake Treinen, setting off one of the boisterous Bronx celebrations that used to be an October staple. Giancarlo Stanton added a towering drive that just stayed fair in the eighth off Treinen in his postseason debut.

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Fernando Rodney, left, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy wait on the mound as Rodney is relieved during the sixth inning of the American League wild-card playoff baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

For Oakland, it was just the latest letdown in a decades-long stretch of disappointment. The A’s have lost eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays and the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series, and dropped all four of their postseason matchups against the Yankees.

New York Yankees’ Luke Voit follows through on a two-run RBI triple against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of the American League wild-card playoff baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Oakland Athletics’ Marcus Semien with the bases loaded to end the top of the fourth inning of the American League wild-card playoff baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Oakland Athletics’ Marcus Semien, left, reacts after striking out with the bases loaded to end the top of the fourth inning of the American League wild-card playoff baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Source: The Associated Press

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