Red Sox protest after Ray Nitschke Jersey Holliday baserunning

BOSTON — Matt Holliday sent the Yankees and Red Sox into extra innings on
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The Red Sox played the rest of the game — a 4-1 New York victory in 16 innings — under protest regarding the application of Official Baseball Rule 6.01(a), as Boston manager John Farrell said that he believed Holliday interfered with the completion of a double play on a Jacoby Ellsbury grounder.

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“My view was that it was interference, regardless of whether it was intentional or not,” Farrell said. “That’s why I protested the game. But there was, after repeated conversations with New York … it was brought back to me that they weren’t going to change the play. And the play stood with no explanation.”

With Holliday at first base and none out in the 11th, Ellsbury chopped a ball to first baseman Mitch Moreland, who threw to shortstop Xander Bogaerts at second base. Holliday broke back toward first base, sliding feet-first into the bag as Bogaerts attempted to complete a double play.

“When the ball was behind me, I’m thinking Ellsbury is running, so I thought [Moreland would] touch the base and throw to second base for the tag out,” Holliday said. “I wasn’t going to run into that out, so I went back to first. I just assumed that he touched the base. He didn’t.”

Bogaerts’ throw clipped Ellsbury in the left leg as Moreland appeared to be screened from catching the ball. Ellsbury was ruled safe, which prompted Farrell to ask crew chief Gary Cederstrom if there had been interference.

The subsequent reviews and Custom Orioles Jersey explanations took four minutes and 59 seconds before it was ruled that the play would stand.

“[The argument was] whether Holliday should be called out for interference or not,” Cederstrom said. “[The review] is to do with rules check. That isn’t to look at the play. That is to do rules check. John wanted to protest it.”

Interference of that type is not on MLB’s list of reviewable plays.

“[Farrell] wanted him called out for interference running the bases, and we told him, ‘No, we can’t,'” Cederstrom said.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he did not believe Holliday committed interference, referencing a famous play from Game 4 of the 1977 World Series in which Custom Angels Jersey Reggie Jackson broke up a potential double play by bumping into a throw from the Dodgers’ Bill Russell.

“It’s a read. He made a read and he ran back,” Girardi said. “He’s sliding into first base. He’s in the base line. He didn’t ‘Reggie’ him.”

The half-inning ended without further incident, as Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius both lined out against Red Sox reliever Robby Scott.

Protests are often filed but rarely upheld by Major League Baseball. The most recent incident was in August 2014, when the Giants protested a rain-shortened Bart Starr Jersey loss to the Cubs. The league ruled Custom Astros Jersey that the game would be resumed because the grounds crew did not put the tarp on the field quickly enough. Prior to that, a protest had not been upheld since 1986.

“It’s on record, so how that’s determined remains to be seen,” Farrell said.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees activate Starlin Custom Astros Jersey Castro from DL

BOSTON — While the bullpen has been an unexpected issue for the Yankees, their stretch of 19 losses in 26 games entering play on Saturday also Custom Astros Jersey coincided with the losses of their Nos. 2, 4 and 5 hitters, as Aaron Hicks, Matt Holliday and Starlin Castro all landed on the disabled list.

That group is nearly whole again, as Holliday returned to the lineup in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Red Sox, while Castro was activated from the 10-day
Custom Angels Jersey disabled list on Saturday, returning from a right hamstring strain. The injury kept Castro, one of five Yankees All-Stars, out of the Midsummer Classic.

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“It’s tough, being on the bench and watching,” Castro said. “We’ve been struggling. I know we’ve had a lot of guys get hurt, but I think now we’re all together. We’re just missing Hicks. I think we’ll Ray Nitschke Jersey keep playing hard, continue to do what we did in the first two months and just go from there.”

New Custom Angels Jersey York optioned infielder-outfielder Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding move on Saturday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that filling out a lineup card that features both Castro and Holliday is a welcome change.

“It’s definitely better. I think it’s a deeper lineup,” Girardi said.
Custom Orioles Jersey “Obviously our two-hitter [Hicks] is still a ways away, but it’s a deeper lineup. You add power, you add guys that are used to professional at-bats, at-bats in big situations. I think it’s definitely helpful.”

The DL stint may have had a positive effect for Castro, who had a cortisone injection in his right wrist in late June to treat an injury he played with for several weeks. He played two Minor League rehab games with Double-A Trenton, going 2-for-7 with a double.

“I think my body got rest. I feel pretty fresh right now,” Castro said. “We still have the whole second half. I’ll just continue doing what I’ve been doing and continue to play hard.”

Bombers bits

• Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that closer Aroldis Chapman is having trouble with his fastball command, the biggest reason why the left-hander struggled in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox. Rothschild said that Chapman’s arm speed may be off slightly from where it was prior to his DL stint from May 14-June 18.

• Tyler Clippard has been bumped from the seventh-inning relief role, with Girardi Houston Astros Custom Jersey saying that he plans to give more opportunities to Chad Green and Adam Warren. Since June 1, Clippard is 1-3 with an 11.68 ERA and three blown saves in 14 appearances.

• Hicks (strained right oblique) could resume mild baseball Bart Starr Jersey activities when the Yankees return from their 11-game road trip to Boston, Minneapolis and Seattle. Hicks last played on June 25 vs. Texas, and he is not traveling with the club.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox prospect Lopez piles up Custom Astros Jersey strikeouts

Reynaldo Lopez piled up the strikeouts as Triple-A Charlotte topped Gwinnett, 5-4, in walk-off fashion on Sunday.

Lopez, the No. 36 overall prospect, fired 66 of his 99 pitches for strikes as he generated a season-high 12 strikeouts and yielded just two hits in seven innings of one-run ball. The White Sox No. 6 prospect was stuck with a no-Custom Astros Jersey decision as the Knights bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead, but that doesn’t diminish Lopez’s brilliant performance.

“He was very good,” Charlotte pitching coach Steve McCatty told MiLB.com. “His changeup was good and he had a live fastball. When he got ahead, he used his change well. His offspeed got better as the game went along. I thought he pitched a real nice game. He’s a young guy who’s learning how to pitch and about what he does well. He didn’t force things and did a very good job of controlling the game.”

 

The 23-year-old righty got off to a fast start, retiring the first 11 batters he faced, seven via strikeout. In total, Lopez recorded at least one strikeout in six of his seven innings and had multiple strikeouts in five frames.

After illustrating strong command through six, Lopez’s command wavered a bit in the seventh as he issued two walks and gave up a run via a wild pitch. However, with two on and two out Lopez was able to escape the jam with a strikeout, concluding his fourth straight quality start.

Other top prospect performances from Sunday’s action:

• No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) put together his first multihit game since joining Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Jimenez, who is 4-for-10 in three games with the White Sox organization, doubled and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

• No. 10 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies No. 1) is starting to heat up for Double-A Hartford. Rodgers got off to a slow start with the Yard Goats, but went 1-for-3 with a homer in the win over Trenton and has hit three homers over his past two games. After hitting .174 through his first six games at the Double-A level, Rodgers has boosted his average to .257 through 18 contests.

 

• No. 30 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (Yankees No. 3) came up big with a clutch two-run homer in the ninth inning of Class A Charleston’s 2-1 win over Lakewood. Not only did Rutherford lift his club to victory, but he also extended his hitting streak to 11 games as part of his 2-for-4 performance.

• No. 76 overall prospect Delvin Perez (Cardinals No. 4) collected a season-high three hits for the Rookie-level GCL Cardinals. Perez, 18, is off to a slow start this season, hitting .190 through 18 games, but may be on the verge of turning it around. Perez finished 3-for-4 with a triple and has a hit in four straight games.

• No. 100 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres No. 5) got back on track with a 2-for-4 game for Class A Fort Wayne. After going 0-for-12 over the past three games, Tatis began the game with a groundout, but broke out of his slump with a fourth-inning Custom Orioles Jersey double and then hit a three-run homer in the sixth.

Angels No. 9 prospect David Fletcher appears to be adjusting quite well to life with Triple-A Salt Lake as he stuffed the box score, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two stolen bases in a 14-11 loss to Sacramento. After hitting .276 in 64 games with Double-A Mobile, Fletcher was promoted to Salt Lake, where he is 4-for-8 through two games.

 

Marlins No. 4 prospect Dillon Peters spun his second straight scoreless start as he went 4 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Jupiter. Peters threw 47 of his 71 pitches for strikes, striking out four and giving up just three hits. The 24-year-old has a 1.54 ERA across six starts this season and has given up one earned Ray Nitschke Jersey run or less in each outing.

Orioles No. 7 prospect Austin Hays showed off his power with his third multihomer game of the season. Hays, who has 22 homers across two levels, went deep twice in Double-A Bowie’s win over Altoona. Hays also extended his hitting streak to eight games with the 2-for-5, four-RBI performance.

 

Red Sox No. 8 prospect Josh Ockimey collected a pair of extra-base hits, including a walk-off homer in Class A Advanced Salem’s 12-inning win over Carolina. Ockimey, who finished 3-for-6, gave Salem a one-run lead with an RBI double Custom Astros Jersey and then ended the game as he led off the 12th with his 10th homer of the season.

 

Phillies No. 14 prospect Adonis Medina put together one of his best starts this season for Class A Lakewood. Medina pitched six scoreless innings, notching seven strikeouts and giving up just three hits and no walks. The 20-year-old has a 3.32 ERA through 15 starts and has strung together five quality starts in his past six outings.

• Phillies No. 22 prospect Carlos Tocci had been hitless in four of his past five games with Double-A Reading, but snapped out of his funk with a season-high four hits. Tocci singled in each of his first four at-bats before grounding out and finishing the game 4-for-5.

 

Rays No. 11 prospect Garrett Whitley collected his fourth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Class A Bowling Green. Whitley had a pair of extra-base hits in the game as he doubled in the third and hit a two-run homer, his eighth, in the fifth.

• Rockies No. 12 prospect Tyler Nevin filled up the box score with a career-high four hits for Class A Nashville. Nevin, hitting .241 this season, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and a trio of RBIs.

Royals No. 3 prospect Eric Skoglund picked up his third win of the season after throwing seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Omaha. Skoglund, who has given up one earned run in four of his past five starts, gave up nine hits in the outing, but struck out seven and didn’t Bart Starr Jersey issue a walk as he threw 74 of his 102 pitches for strikes.

• Yankees No. 19 prospect Ian Clarkin lowered his ERA to 2.61 with another quality start for Class A Advanced Tampa. Clarkin, 22, struck out seven and gave up two runs in seven innings. The lefty has thrown the ball well in July, giving up four earned runs across 19 innings (three starts).

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees outlast Red Sox in 16 Custom Angels Jersey innings

BOSTON — The Yankees needed this one, and they would have played all night to get it.

Didi Gregorius’ RBI single was the go-ahead hit for the Bombers in a thrilling
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“The winning is the best part,” Gregorius said. “You play a long game and you win, that means you never give up. Everybody is there, battling and playing the right way until the last out. That’s what we did today.”

The game was the longest in the storied rivalry at Fenway  Custom Angels JerseyPark in terms of time (five hours and 50 minutes), topping the epic Game 5 of the 2004 American League Championship Series by one minute.

Instead of falling 5 1/2 games back in the American League East, the Yankees closed to within 3 1/2 of their first-place rivals while winning for just the eighth time in 27 games since June 13.

After Gregorius put the Yankees in front for the first time all day, Austin Romine added an insurance RBI single and Gary Sanchez lofted a sacrifice fly. All of the damage came against Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister, who is scheduled to start on Tuesday night but pitched 2 2/3 innings in this one when Boston ran out of arms.

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“It’s a good feeling. Our guys were really good at tacking on,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought it was important. Our whole pitching staff did a tremendous job tonight. I don’t know what it means for tomorrow, but that’s a long, grueling game.”

Holliday, a central figure in this one, gave the Yankees life when he bashed his shot off Kimbrel to lead off the top of the ninth. Holliday’s equalizer had a projected distance of 443 feet, according to Statcast™.

“To win that game was really big,” Holliday said. “We needed that game, like we need every time we play teams in front of us. It feels good to help the team win and to come up with a hit like that against a pitcher like Kimbrel.”

Holliday was involved in a bizarre play in the top of the 11th that Houston Astros Custom Jersey prompted Red Sox manager John Farrell to inform the umpires he was playing the rest of the game under protest. Holliday slid back into first base on a fielder’s-choice grounder to first baseman Mitch Moreland.

With Boston attempting to complete the double play, Xander Bogaerts’ throw clipped Ellsbury in the left leg. Farrell asked crew chief Gary Cederstrom if there had been interference; the subsequent reviews and explanations took four minutes and 59 seconds before the ruling was that the play stands.

“I was confused what had happened,” Holliday said. “I didn’t know that he didn’t touch the base. That was just one of those things where, in my mind, with Ells running, he’s going to touch first base and get the tag at second.”

Ace Chris Sale was again magnificent for the Red Sox, holding the Yankees to three hits and no runs over 7 2/3 innings while walking two and striking out 13. The performance ended with a strikeout of Sanchez on a nasty 1-2 slider on Sale’s 118th pitch of the day, his season high. The lefty departed with a 1-0 lead, and Farrell brought Kimbrel on in the eighth inning with one on. Initially, it paid off, as the closer got superstar rookie Aaron Judge to fly out to right to cap off an entertaining 10-pitch at-bat.

Luis Severino nearly matched Sale, allowing one run over seven strong innings. The only run in the first eight innings was a sacrifice fly by Moreland in the bottom of the third that put Boston ahead. The Red Sox didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game.

“A lot of opportunities, a lot of missed opportunities,” said Farrell. “A lot of very good pitching over the majority of today. Chris Sale was outstanding once again. A rare non-converted save for Craig today, and then some opportunities following where a base-hit with a man in scoring position just wasn’t there today.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Kimbrel’s early entrance: For the first time since June 6, Farrell brought Kimbrel in during the eighth inning. The situation was a dramatic one, with the tying run on first and dangerous rookie slugger Judge at the plate. Though Kimbrel got the best of that 10-pitch battle by inducing Judge to fly out to right to end the inning, it might have taken something out of the closer for the at-bat with Holliday to start the ninth.

“He hit a fastball down the middle. That’s part of the life of a reliever,” said Kimbrel. “Sometimes one pitch can be the outcome of the entire game. It seemed like that was kind of it today.”

Yankees escape: It was a stellar day for Girardi’s bullpen, particularly the escape in the bottom of the 10th when the Red Sox seemed close to walking off for the second straight day. Andrew Benintendi led off with a single to left-center and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a single to right. Benintendi chose not to
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Adam Warren came on and struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young, got Tzu-Wei Lin to line out and ended the inning by getting the dangerous Mookie Betts on a flyout to right. In all, the Yankees got nine shutout innings from the ‘pen.

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“I show up every day ready for the ball whenever it’s asked. During the game they asked if I could go for it, and I said yes. I felt it was a great situation for it. I got Judge in the eighth, and it was just one pitch in the ninth inning, and we played a lot more innings after that.” — Kimbrel, on pitching in the eighth

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This was the longest game in terms of innings for the Red Sox since they beat the Yankees in 19 frames on April 10, 2015. It was Boston’s longest game at Fenway since a 17-inning loss to the Orioles on May 6, 2012. It was the longest game by innings at Fenway between the Red Sox and Yankees since a 16-inning game on June 4, 1966.

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In a stirring pregame ceremony, the Red Sox invited over 1,000 veterans and family members in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. A moment of silence and the playing of the national anthem concluded the pregame ceremony, along with the flyover of four F-15 jets. In the middle of the third inning, members of the sellout crowd, along with Yankees and Red Sox players and coaches, held out placards displaying the name of a veteran that they wished to honor.
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“With such a significant milestone anniversary, we thought it was important to recognize the veterans who served during the Vietnam War,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said.

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UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Red Sox unsuccessfully challenged a call at second base in the eighth inning as Lin was thrown out stealing by Sanchez, with second baseman Starlin Castro applying the tag. After a review of 28 seconds, the call on the field was confirmed.

A crew-chief review in the top of the ninth ruled that the call of Ellsbury’s steal of second base stands. The time of that review was 48 seconds.

WHAT’S NEXT
Yankees: CC Sabathia was moved up to start the first game of Sunday’s twin bill at 1:05 p.m. ET after Saturday’s 16-inning affair. Sabathia will be making his second start since returning from a left hamstring strain. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings on July 4 against the Blue Jays, allowing four runs on three hits. Masahiro Tanaka (7-8, 5.47 ERA) is scheduled to pitch the nightcap at 8:05 p.m. He has won two of his last three starts after going winless in his previous eight.

Red Sox: The rivals will play two to wrap up the series, as right-hander Rick Porcello will try to continue the momentum he generated prior to the All-Star break in Sunday’s Game 1. Lefty David Price, who has struggled against the Yankees since joining the Red Sox, looks to reverse that trend in the night game.

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Bob Wolff, called Larsen’s perfect game, Ray Nitschke Jersey

Bob Wolff, who won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award in 1995 and called Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees during the 1956 World Series, has
Ray Nitschke Jersey died. He was 96.

Wolff’s sports broadcasting career began in 1939, and spanned a record eight decades. He was also behind the microphone for one of the most famous professional football games in history, the Baltimore Colts’ victory over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL championship game.

“Bob Wolff’s iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character,” the Yankees said in a statement released by the club. “Beyond his lifetime of professional accomplishments Custom Angels Jersey, he was a man of great grace and dignity, serving his country with honor, and proudly calling New York home. Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed.”

In 1947, Wolff became the first television play-by-play broadcaster for the Washington Senators. He also served as a play-by-play broadcaster along with
Custom Orioles Jersey Joe Garagiola for NBC’s baseball “Game of the Week” in the early 1960s.

Wolff broadcast New York Knicks and Rangers games, along with the Houston Astros Custom Jersey Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden for more than half a century, including two NBA championships for the Knicks. In 2014, he was honored at Yankee Stadium by the Guinness World Records for the longest career in sportscasting.

The Nationals named the home broadcast booth at Nationals Park the Bob Wolff Suite in Wolff’s honor in 2009. Wolff was most recently a sports commentator for cable TV station News 12 in Long Island, which he joined upon its inception in 1986.

“Bob Wolff was a broadcasting legend,” MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi said. “More importantly, he was an incredibly warm and thoughtful man, to whom I am eternally grateful.”

Wolff, who passed away in South Nyack, N.Y., on Saturday, is survived by his wife, Jane, his sons Rick and Robert, his daughter, Margy Clark, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bryan Mitchell among 3 called up to Custom Astros Jersey Yankees

BOSTON — Jonathan Holder and Ben Heller combined for five innings of scoreless relief in Saturday’s 16-inning contest, a 4-1 Yankees victory over the Red Sox. Through no fault of their own, both hurlers were optioned to Custom Astros Jersey Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday morning, with the club needing fresh pitching for a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees recalled right-handers Domingo German and Bryan Mitchell while purchasing the contract of left-hander Caleb Smith from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Mitchell Custom Angels Jersey will serve as the “26th man” for Sunday’s twin bill, while right-hander Michael Pineda was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Smith.

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“We just need arms,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s unfortunate and it’s part of the business that when you have options, you’re part of that up and down. The big thing is we continue Bart Starr Jersey to call them up because we believe in them. It had nothing to do with performance. It had everything to do with [the fact that] we need innings.”

Girardi said that he could use Mitchell as either a short or long man; Mitchell had initially been scheduled to start Sunday’s first game, but the Yankees scratched him in favor of giving the start to left-hander CC Sabathia amid concerns about their bullpen.

The 25-year-old Smith was 8-0 with a 2.07 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) at Triple-A. Girardi said that he would be used in long relief, capable of throwing up to 100 pitches. A 14th-round pick by New York in 2013, Smith would be the 12th Yankee to make his Major League debut this season.

In Saturday’s game, Holder held Boston to one hit over three innings, taking over for Adam Warren in the 11th inning. It was the second time Holder has delivered in a lengthy contest this season; he also worked three scoreless innings in an 18-inning, 5-4 win over the Cubs on May 7 at Wrigley Field.

“One pitch at a time and see where it goes,” Holder said. “I was ready to go back out and do whatever I could to help the team win. A game like that, just battling back and forth and both teams playing long, hard baseball, it’s fun to come out on top.”

Making just his second big league appearance of the year, Heller picked up the victory by working the final two innings, striking out three around a walk. Houston Astros Custom Jersey Heller’s outing came after a long layoff; his most recent Minor League outing had been on July 6 vs. Buffalo.

“In the Minor Leagues, I pitched in a lot of close games, but it’s kind of tough to simulate the adrenaline that you get in a game like this,” Heller said. “I think I was trying to be very conscious of that and stay under control as much as possible. It’s just what I kept reminding myself; ‘Stay
Custom Orioles Jersey under control, but stay aggressive and pound the zone.'”

German, Mitchell and Smith might not have to wait long for their turns to contribute. Girardi said that he did not know if he could call upon Dellin Betances or Ray Nitschke Jersey Aroldis Chapman in the doubleheader, and would not use Warren for a third straight game coming off an injury.

On the position-player side, Girardi said that his biggest concern is fatigue, which is why he only plans to play Starlin Castro, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley in one of the games.

“Split doubleheaders are difficult,” Girardi said. “They’re especially difficult after you play 16 innings the night before.”

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BOSTON — Making his 18th career start on the road against the Red Sox, CC Sabathia came away with his first scoreless line at Fenway Park, helping the Customized NY Giants Jersey Yankees win consecutive games for the first time in more than a month.

The veteran lefty held the Red Sox to two hits and worked around five walks over a solid six-inning performance that led the Yankees to a 3-0 victory in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. Sabathia is 8-3 with Personalized NY Giants Jersey a 3.54 ERA this season.Mens 1960 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey.

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“It just shows you a lot about this team, how tough we are,” said Sabathia, who was not originally scheduled to start in this series. “The core of this team are tough guys. We go out there and leave everything out on the field every night, and it shows up.”

Tyler Clippard, Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman each worked scoreless innings in relief, with Chapman securing his ninth save. New York had not won consecutive games since June 11-12, when it began its slide from first place.
Chapman locks down the save NYY@BOS: Chapman retires Betts to record the saveAroldis Chapman gets Mookie Betts to ground out to record the save as the Yankees shut out the Red Sox for a 3-0 victory

“It’s been a long, long time,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Especially after the difficult loss that we had on Friday night, to be able to respond the way they did, it’s really good.”

Meanwhile, the Red Sox continued their perplexing trend of being unable to produce in key situations against the Yankees in 2017.Men’s Nike New York Giants Customized Elite Red Alternate Football Jersey for Sale.

In the eight rivalry games, Boston is 2-for-51 with runners in scoring position, including Buffalo Bills Sunday’s 0-for-11 performance. The Red Sox didn’t have an extra-base hit in Saturday’s 16-inning loss.

“We’re in a little bit of a dry spell, I think that’s pretty apparent” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “Particularly in the first couple of innings, I thought we had a chance to break through, put a couple of points on the board. The two-out base hit in those spots hasn’t been there.”

The Yankees have taken six of the first eight games between the clubs, and they now trail the Red Sox by just 2 1/2 games in the American League East.

In a battle of former Cy Young Award winners, Sabathia got the best of this one.Men’s Nike Personalized Cincinnati Bengals Elite Alternate Orange Football Jersey Shirt.

Red Sox righty Rick Porcello, who had a strong finish to a frustrating first half, turned in a quality start, giving up nine hits but just one earned run. An error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts on a grounder by Clint Frazier led to the Yankees scoring two unearned runs in the fourth, and Didi Gregorius took Porcello out to right for a solo homer in the fifth.

“The changeup to Didi was a terrible pitch,” said Porcello. “It was elevated up in the zone and he did what he does with that. Other than that, though, it was just a tough game, and we will get them tonight.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Didi’s chip-shot homer: Gregorius had the perfect placement on his solo shot to right in the fifth that padded New York’s lead to 3-0. He lofted one down the line and curled it just inside Peksy’s Pole, which is 302 feet from home plate. According to Statcast™, the homer had an exit velocity of 93.3 mph. It was No. 11 on the season for Gregorius and the final run allowed by Porcello.

“It has not been clicking for a while, but I felt good yesterday,” Gregorius said. “I kept the same approach and keep putting good swings. I’ve been doing everything the same way. Why try to change? It has been working fine. Everybody goes through ups and downs.”

Early squanders set tone: The first two innings were indicative of the way things have been going for Boston. After Mookie Betts and Bogaerts led off the first with walks against Sabathia, the Red Sox didn’t score. Andrew Benintendi hit into a fielder’s-choice grounder and Chris Young grounded into a 4-3 double play. In the second, Sabathia made a nifty play to cut down Sam Travis at home plate.

“Any time you can save a run, especially early in the game, I felt like that was a big play,” Sabathia said.

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“It’s in there. I have to wait to use it. I tried to throw Custom Bengals Jersey a couple hard at the end of the game today. It’s just max effort, though, so I can’t pitch like that.” — Sabathia, on being clocked as high as 95.6 mph on Sunday

“Yeah, I’m going to go in there, get a little rest now, see if I can get ready for the next game.” — Betts, confirming he would use the team’s sleep room between games of the doubleheader

WHAT’S NEXT
Yankees: The Yankees are back on the field at 8:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, sending Masahiro Tanaka (7-8, 5.47) out for his 19th start of the season. Tanaka stumbled in his last outing, surrendering five runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings to the Brewers. He threw a three-hit shutout to beat the Sox at Fenway on April 27.

Red Sox: Lefty David Price, who finished strong in the first half, gets the nightcap for the Red Sox. He will try to reverse his recent struggles against the Yankees. Since coming to Boston for the start of the 2016 season, Price is 1-4 with an 8.31 ERA in six starts against New York.

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Twins, Yankees open series at Personalized NY Giants Jersey Target Field

After wrapping up Buffalo Bills a series with the powerhouse Astros, the Twins will welcome the American League’s second-highest scoring team to Target Field on Monday, opening a three-game set with Major League home run leader Aaron Judge and the Yankees.Mens 1960 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey.

“In order for us to be a contender, we’re going to have to show we can compete Personalized NY Giants Jersey with these guys,” Minnesota catcher Jason Castro said. “It’s a little test for us midseason, but it’s definitely something we can handle.”

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Left-hander Adalberto Mejia will open the series, making his first career appearance against the Yankees. New York has yet to announce a starter.
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The Twins, who are in the thick of both the AL Central and the Wild Card races, avoided being swept by the Astros after losing the first four meetings between the teams this season. This marks the first meeting of the season between the Twins and Yankees, who will play three games in New York from Sept. 18-20.

Having slipped out of first place in the AL East after being a season-high 15 games over .500 on June 12, New York is in the middle of a season-high 11-game road trip that is taking them from Boston to Minneapolis and then Seattle.

The Yankees figure to be fatigued after playing a 16-inning game on Saturday at Fenway Park, followed Customized NY Giants Jersey by a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. They will give the start to right-hander Bryan Mitchell, who has made eight starts since his 2014 rookie season but none this year. He’s 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 12 relief appearances.

“It is a challenge,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I will check with everyone to see where they’re at physically. You just manage it the best way you can.”Men’s Nike Personalized Cincinnati Bengals Elite Alternate Orange Football Jersey Shirt.

Three things to know about this game

• The Yankees are 10-2 in their last 12 meetings with the Twins, who have managed just a 20-28 record at Target Field this season. New York has won five consecutive series against Minnesota dating to July 3, 2014.

Custom Bengals Jersey Judge will be playing his first career game at Target Field. The AL Rookie of the Year front-runner had a slow start coming off his T-Mobile Home Run Derby win, going hitless in his first 12 at-bats at Bosston Cincinnati Bengal before legging out a soft infield hit.

• With Byron Buxton (strained left groin) on the disabled list, the Twins have are planning to give Zack Granite the majority of reps in center field, though Eddie Rosario started there on Sunday. Granite is the Twins’ No. 21 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston.

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Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia Custom Bills Jersey step up for Yanks

BOSTON uelin– Aaron Judge’s deep fly ball landed shy of putting two runs on Fenway Park’s ancient hand-operated scoreboard, making the Yankees the last team in the Majors to be shut out this season, but they were still able to appreciate a pair of strong pitching performances from CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.

With Jackie Bradley Jr. bringing Judge’s deep eighth-inning drive back, New York took a 3-0 loss and settled for a split of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader Customized NY Giants Jersey and the four-game set with the Red Sox. They posted a 3-0 victory behind Sabathia’s six sharp innings in the afternoon contest before falling in the nightcap, with David Price outdg Personalized NY Giants Jersey Tanaka.

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“I thought we pitched pretty well,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a Custom Bills Jersey  tough place to come and play, and we ended up 2-2. We’re going in the right direction. Part of that was getting our bullpen back on track and getting some people back and healthy. We did that this weekend.”

Girardi said that each team gave a game away; Aroldis Chapman walked in the winning run on Friday night, marking New York’s 18th blown save of the year, while Matt Holliday hit a game-tying homer off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth on Saturday before the Yanks outlasted Boston in 16 innings.

That set the stage for Sunday’s makeup of an April 25 rainout. Sabathia was not originally scheduled to pitch in this series, but the Yankees moved him up amid concerns about their fatigued bullpen. The veteran lefty provided the  Cincinnati Bengal distance they craved, blanking Boston on two hits in a 97-pitch effort.

“You still have to go out and pitch,” Sabathia said. “Obviously you know having a doubleheader today, the bullpen is going to be tough, and playing however many innings we played [Saturday] night. You want to go out and give some length and help the team out.”

Despite five walks, catcher Austin Romine raved about the bite on Sabathia’s two-seamers, which induced ground balls to escape early jams, as well as the swing-and-miss stuff on his slider. Sabathia struck out three.

“Anytime after a game like [Saturday] night, your starter goes out and gives a performance like that, it’s going to help us in the long run,” Romine said. “I think CC, every time he goes out there, he’s going to give you everything he’s got. It was fun.”Mens 1960 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey.

Tyler Clippard, Chad Green and Chapman each worked a scoreless inning to help the Yankees win consecutive games for the first time Custom Bills Jersey since June 12. Through Sunday, New York relievers have allowed just one earned run over their last 23 innings.Men’s Nike New York Giants Customized Elite Red Alternate Football Jersey for Sale.

“I see guys bouncing back, making pitches, getting aggressive in the zone and executing pitches,” Romine said. “It comes down to execution and right now they’re getting back on the right foot. They’re making pitches when they need to make them.”

Tanaka has a 3.00 ERA in his last five starts and lamented just one pitch – a hanging slider that Mookie Betts launched for a two-run homer, snapping Boston’s scoreless streak at 24 innings. Boston went just 3-for-38 with runners in scoring position in the series.Men’s Nike Personalized Cincinnati Bengals Elite Alternate Orange Football Jersey Shirt.

“Overall, I felt like I did pretty well,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “The stuff was there, but it’s that one hanging slider. You want to take that back, but you can’t. Price was pitching a hell of a game too.”

Judge said that the series split was “not good,” noting that the Yankees wanted to make up ground on the first-place Red Sox, but Girardi believes the next series against the Twins and Mariners are just as important.

“I think you try to win every series,” Girardi said. “We didn’t win this series, but we didn’t lose it. You try to win every series, and if you do that, good things will happen.”

David Price, Red Sox shut out Yankees

BOSTON — David Price bought the Red Sox another day to figure out their recent offensive woes. And Jackie Bradley Jr. made the tremendous performance hold up with a jaw-dropping catch to take a homer away from Aaron Judge.

Price’s eight scoreless innings on Sunday Night Baseball lifted the Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees that earned them a split of this four-game rivalry matchup as well as the day-night doubleheader. The Yankees won the first game by the same score.

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Big guy: CC delivers as Yanks take Game 1

But Price and Bradley made the nightcap one to remember for the Fenway faithful.

“[Price] was outstanding. Powerful from start to finish — a lot of strikes, very good command,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “For Jackie, you know, a highlight-reel catch against probably the most noted power guy in the game, and timely. A big catch to the deepest part of the ballpark, preserves the shutout at that point.”

The shutout was no small feat. It was the first time the Yankees’ offense put up a goose-egg this season. New York had been the last remaining big league club not to have been shut out.Mens 1960 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey.

It wouldn’t have been possible without Bradley, who made a sensational catch over the bullpen railing in right-center to rob Judge of a two-run shot in the eighth.

“It’s one of those balls you just try to time up,” Bradley said. “It was in the air. Those are the type of plays that rarely happen. A lot of different things have got to go the right way. Gotta be just far enough over the wall, but short enough where you can grab it. And you’ve got to be able to get back there in time.”

Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer in the third off Masahiro Tanaka and scored the other run in the sixth, giving the Red Sox a temporary reprieve from their recent hitting funk.

“The stuff was there, but it’s that one hanging slider,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “You want to take that back, but you can’t. Price was pitching a heck of a game, too.”

Indeed, this was Price’s night, and easily his best performance in the rivalry since he joined the Red Sox last season. Over eight innings Custom Bills Jersey, he allowed seven hits and no walks, striking out eight.

After starting his season late due to a left elbow strain, Price is 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA in 10 starts, and he has consistently held his fastball in the mid 90s.Men’s Nike New York Giants Customized Elite Red Alternate Football Jersey for Sale.

“I expect to go out there and get 27 outs and nine zeros every fifth day, every time I touch the mound,” said Price. “That was a good win for us. We needed it.”

Craig Kimbrel avenged a blown save on Saturday by getting the job done in the ninth on Sunday, working around a hit and a walk and striking out two.

With the win, the Red Sox increased their lead in the American League East to three games over the Rays and 3 1/2 over the Yankees. The next rivalry showdown will be Aug. 11-13, when the clubs play three games at Yankee Stadium.

Despite split, Tanaka, CC step up in doubleheader

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Mookie missile ends drought: When Betts smashed his two-run homer over the Green Monster in the third, he not only broke a scoreless tie, but he ended a stretch of 24 innings in which the Red Sox were shut out. It was the longest drought the Red Sox Buffalo Bills have had since a 31-inning stretch from Aug. 7-9, 2009, which was also against the Yankees.Men’s Nike Personalized Cincinnati Bengals Elite Alternate Orange Football Jersey Shirt.

“On the offensive side, it was a big night for Mookie,” said Farrell. “The two-run homer and then the third run he basically generated with his speed — infield base hi Customized NY Giants Jersey, the overthrow, he’s able to take second base and then we finally broke through with an RBI single with a man in scoring position.”

Bradley wows Fenway, robs Judge: Judge’s rocket against Price in the eighth was a perfect barrel, measured by Statcast™ with an exit velocity of 107.5 mph and a launch angle of 32 degrees. More than nine times out of 10, a ball struck in that fashion is a homer. But not this time. Not with Bradley in center. Deprived of what would have been his Major League-leading 31st homer, Judge made sure to watch the replay of Bradley’s catch on the scoreboard as he left the field.

“Jackie has been making plays like that for a long time,” said Judge. “I just hit it to the wrong guy and the wrong part of the park.”

Jackie stalks giant drive, robs Judge homer

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“It was great. It actually made the hair stand up on my arms. It was electric. It was just a fun moment to be a part of.” — Betts, on the catch by Bradley

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One thing that helped Bradley make the sensational grab on Judge was his positioning on the feared slugger. According to Statcast™, Bradley normally plays 320 feet from home plate at Fenway (on average). Prior to the robbery of Judge, he was stationed 336 feet from the plate.

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Garrett Cooper collected his first Major League hit in the fifth inning, a double to left field off Price. Cooper, a 26-year-old first baseman, was acquired by the Yankees from the Brewers on Thursday and made his big league debut on Friday.

“Those first few games, I think I was pressing a little bit too hard,” Cooper said. “Tonight, I felt way more comfortable in the box. I saw Price pretty well, sat on that cutter in. I got it and put a good swing on it. That’s what you dream about, and to do it off a guy like David Price is the cherry on top. That guy has been dominating this league for a while.”

WHAT’S NEXT
Yankees: The Yankees will send right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the mound on Monday as they open a three-game series with the Twins at Target Field. Mitchell will be making his first start and 13th big league appearance of the season. He was 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Red Sox: Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez makes his return from the disabled list when Custom Bengals Jersey he opens a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Monday night at Fenway Park. Rodriguez suffered a subluxation of his right knee on June 1. This is E-Rod’s first start of the season against Toronto. He did throw an inning of relief at Rogers Centre on April 19.