New York sees home runs from Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley as the Yankees defeat the Tigers 10-2.

Sanchez homers again, Yankees rout Tigers 10-2

August, 23, 2017
Aug 23

DETROIT -- Gary Sanchez homered and drove in three runs, and Luis Severino pitched impressively into the seventh inning to lead the New York Yankees to another lopsided win over the Detroit Tigers, 10-2 on Wednesday night.

Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley also homered for the Yankees, who have taken the first two games of this series by a combined score of 23-6. Severino (11-5) allowed a run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Jordan Zimmermann (7-11) allowed seven runs for a third straight start. New York broke the game open with five runs off him in the third.

Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias went deep for Detroit's only runs. The Tigers have lost eight of nine.

Ronald Torreyes tied a career high with four hits for the Yankees.

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Didi Gregorius smacks a solo home run to right-center field in the top of the fifth inning to extend the Yankees' leads to 7-0 over the Tigers.

videoDETROIT -- Gary Sanchez smashed a first-inning ball that looked like a classic Aaron Judge shot. It was high. It was far. It was gone. (Did we mention it was very far?)

How far? Four-hundred and ninety-three feet worth of far. That's 493!

It was the second-longest homer hit all year. Only Judge himself has a shot measured farther by Statcast.

“I think I still got him by 2 feet,” said Judge, who had a blast estimated at 495 feet in June against the Orioles.

While Sanchez keeps hitting home runs, Judge finally didn’t strikeout en route to the New York Yankees' 13-4 crushing of the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. With an assist from manager Joe Girardi, Judge went 1-for-1 with three walks. Girardi then pulled Judge from the game after four plate appearances, claiming it had nothing to do with the major league-record 37-game strikeout slump, but it's hard to believe that wasn’t a factor.

Meanwhile, Sanchez, 24, is actually younger than Judge. For the most part, he has been looked upon as the better prospect. He had his incredible rookie hot streak last year, and it looks like he might be doing it again.

Gary Sanchez
Duane Burleson/Getty ImagesGary Sanchez homered twice on Tuesday, including one shot that traveled some 493 feet.

Sanchez memorably heated up at this time last year, arguably having the best start to a career of any batter in history. He reached 19 homers quicker than any major leaguer ever after coming up for a second time on Aug. 3, 2016. On his way to the record, he went on to hit eight homers in 16 games before finishing the season with 20.

Besides Sanchez’s two-run mammoth in the first, he added another two-run opposite-field job in the ninth. He has hit 11 homers in his past 23 games, dating to July 27. He didn’t sit around admiring the long one, either.

“I had no clue it went that far,” Sanchez said.

Everyone mostly watched in awe, just waiting for Statcast to give the official diagnosis. It came back with Sanchez just 2 feet shy of Judge.

While a year younger, Sanchez has accomplished more than Judge so far. In 146 games, Sanchez has hit .282 with 45 homers and 111 RBIs. Judge has hit .266 with 41 homers and 90 RBIs in 147 games. Lately, though, Sanchez has been off the charts.

“He’s been pretty consistent,” Girardi said. “He’s been pretty locked in.”

Overall, this season Sanchez has not been a very good defender. He was bad enough that Girardi benched him earlier this month for a game. The Yankees' manager is a stickler for the little things behind the plate. Sanchez has been less than fundamentally sound as a catcher, which can gnaw at Girardi, who was the master of nuance.

But on Tuesday night, Girardi praised Sanchez’s defense, saying it is better and improving. It seems doubtful Sanchez will be sat down again, unless it is just a regular day off.


Aaron Judge's 37-game streak with a strikeout comes to an end when Joe Girardi pulls him from the game after Judge walks three times and records an RBI single.

Gary Sanchez provides the offense for the Yankees as he cranks a 493-foot, 2-run home run in the first inning and another 2-run shot in the ninth. Sanchez now has 25 homers on the season.

DETROIT -- Gary Sanchez hit two home runs -- including a first-inning drive estimated at nearly 500 feet -- and Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven tidy innings in his return from the disabled list to lead the New York Yankees to a 13-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Sanchez's two-run shot in the first was estimated at 493 feet by Statcast. The Yankees led 2-0 after that and never looked back.

Tanaka (9-10) allowed three runs and six hits in his first appearance since Aug. 9. He'd been out with right shoulder inflammation.

Matthew Boyd (5-7) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Aaron Judge singled and walked three times, ending his record-setting streak of 37 games with at least one strikeout.

Aaron Hicks added a homer for the Yankees. Nicholas Castellanos hit two for Detroit, including an inside-the-park homer with two outs in the ninth.

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Aaron Hicks smacks a 2-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to widen the Yankees' lead over the Tigers.

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman break down why the Yankees have fallen five games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and what New York needs to do to catch up.

Red Sox beat Yankees 5-1, move five up in AL East

August, 20, 2017
Aug 20

BOSTON -- Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled in two runs and singled in another, and Rick Porcello pitched six innings of a combined three-hitter to help the AL East-leading Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Sunday and extend their lead over the Yankees to five games.

The Red Sox won for the 14th time in 17 games, taking two out of three from New York for the second weekend in a row. The archrivals meet again in the first week of September for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Porcello (8-14) allowed all three New York hits, striking out four and walking three to win his fourth straight start. Three relievers provided a perfect inning apiece.

Porcello has allowed two runs or fewer in all six career starts against the Yankees in Fenway Park. That's the longest such stretch for a Red Sox pitcher since at least 1913, the ballclub said.

Sonny Gray (7-8) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings.

Brett Gardner homered near the Pesky Pole for the Yankees, who had won five of their last six.

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BOSTON -- Chris Sale has been so over-the-top dominant during his first season with the Boston Red Sox that he has evoked comparisons to peak Pedro Martinez. From the overpowering fastball and the collection of double-digit strikeout games to the unmistakable swagger on the mound, it all looks so familiar.

And then there's this: Like Martinez before him, Sale has trouble beating the New York Yankees.

It's entirely counterintuitive. Entering Saturday night's game at Fenway Park, Sale had a 1.18 ERA in 13 career games (10 starts) against the Yankees. In three previous starts against them this season, he had given up only three earned runs and struck out 35 batters in 22⅔ innings. Yet the Red Sox were only 1-2 in those games, and Sale got a no-decision in the lone victory, a 10-inning affair last Sunday night in New York.

But with three series in four weekends this month between the teams, the Red Sox rearranged their rotation to make sure their ace would pitch in each one. And after a come-from-behind victory Friday night that stretched Boston's lead in the American League East to five games, Sale had a chance to bury the Yankees by flummoxing them again Saturday night.

Instead, Sale was outpitched by CC Sabathia, who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list. Sale gave up a three-run homer to rookie Tyler Austin in the second inning and a solo shot to former teammate Todd Frazier in the sixth before the Yankees' bullpen -- with Aroldis Chapman having been removed from the closer's role -- bent but never broke in a 4-3 victory that evened the three-game series.

Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesThe four earned runs surrendered by Chris Sale on Saturday was the most the Red Sox ace had given up in a single start against the Yankees in his career.

"It's a big win for us, and it's kind of a big loss for them," Sabathia said. "Because they need to win the games [Sale] is out there."

Usually, the Red Sox do. Despite having provided scant run support for Sale at times, they are 18-7 in his starts. Against the Yankees, though, they are 1-3 and would be winless if not for rookie Rafael Devers' ninth-inning homer against Chapman last Sunday night.

"[Sale has] pitched really well against us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think the credit has to go to our pitching staff and what they've done."

Sale was outdueled by Masahiro Tanaka on April 27, Luis Severino on July 15 and now Sabathia -- all at Fenway. But the Yankees also have a sound offensive approach against Sale, running up his pitch count by grinding out at-bats and working deep counts.

That was the formula all those years against Pedro. From 1998 to 2004, Martinez made 27 regular-season starts against the Yankees. And although he had a 3.30 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 180 innings, he was only 9-10 against them and the Red Sox won only 10 of the 27 games.

On Saturday night, the Yankees made Sale throw 20 pitches in the first inning and 21 more in the second. After Chase Headley saw eight pitches to lead off the second inning, Didi Gregorius stroked a first-pitch double and Frazier got hit by a pitch. Austin, a 25-year-old who just returned to the lineup after sitting out six weeks because of a hamstring strain, hit a 96 mph fastball out to left field to open a 3-0 lead and wipe away any hangover from the bullpen blowing a three-run lead just one night earlier.

Was it the biggest hit of Austin's brief career? Considering the circumstances, there's no doubt.

"It was pretty special to give us an early lead like that," Austin said. "All night against him I was just looking for a fastball. I just tried to stay on the fastball as much as I could. His breaking pitches are really, really good, so I didn't ever want to get to that. Like I said, it was a special moment."

The Yankees kept working Sale, putting runners on base in each of the next three innings. The Red Sox had narrowed the margin to 3-2 by the sixth inning when Frazier got hold of a slider and barely got it out to left-center field.

"It's just one of those things where I got him and that's it. And he'll say the same thing," said Frazier, a friend to Sale from their days as teammates with the Chicago White Sox. "It was actually a really good pitch, and I just caught him at the right time. We'll probably talk about it over a beer later down the road in a couple years. One of those things."

Before the game, Sabathia walked through the Yankees' clubhouse wearing a T-shirt with "Yogi" printed across the front. It should have served as a reminder that, as Yogi Berra once said, nothing is ever over until it's over -- including an AL East race that won't be decided by two emotional come-from-behind Red Sox victories over the Yankees in the span of five days.

By beating Sale, the Yankees trimmed the margin back to four games. If they win the rubber game Sunday, it might help assure that a Labor Day weekend series between the teams at Yankee Stadium will be meaningful.

Sale is slated to pitch in that series, too. And while he's not yet ready to tip his cap and call the Yankees his daddy, as Martinez memorably conceded in 2004, it's clear he must figure out a way to finally beat them.

"That's the fun part of baseball, that cat and mouse, the back and forth," Sale said. "That's why we call it a game of adjustments. They adjusted a little better than I did, so just get back on it tomorrow and get after it."

BOSTON -- Tyler Austin hit a three-run home run, Todd Frazier added a solo homer and CC Sabathia retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Saturday night.

In snapped a three-game losing streak for the Red Sox, and trimmed their lead over the Yankees to four games in the AL East race.

Sabathia (10-5), returning from a stint on the disabled list because of sore right knee, retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced on the way to improving to 3-0 in three starts against Boston this season. He allowed two runs and four hits to earn his first victory since July 21. Dellin Betances got the last three outs for his ninth save.

Chris Sale (14-5) struck out nine, but was tagged for the four runs and seven hits. He is still looking for his first victory in the rivalry.

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Yankees' Aaron Judge extends record strikeout streak to 37 games

August, 19, 2017
Aug 19

Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesYankees rookie Aaron Judge is second in the majors with 167 strikeouts this season.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge struck out in the eighth inning Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, extending his record to 37 consecutive games with a strikeout.

Judge, facing Boston reliever Addison Reed, struck out swinging, bringing him to 0-for-4 on the day. The Red Sox won 5-1.

Judge has 167 strikeouts this season, the third-most in a single season in Yankees history and the second-most in the majors this season; the Twins' Miguel Sano leads the majors with 170 strikeouts.

Girardi said he's still got faith in the presumptive AL Rookie of the Year, adding, "It's not like we have a lot of people that are hitting very well."

Said Judge: "It's a little frustrating, but there's nothing you can do about it. You can't pout. You can't cry. You just have to keep working and move on."

On Saturday, Judge broke the record previously set by Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman in 1971, for the longest strikeout streak in a single season by any player.

The rookie's 37 straight games with a strikeout is also tied for the longest streak over two seasons. Stoneman struck out in 37 straight games spanning the 1971 and '72 seasons.

Judge struck out three times in Saturday's game, marking his 13th game this season with three K's, tied with Curtis Granderson

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Didi Gregorius
.312 19 60 55
HRA. Judge 37
RBIA. Judge 82
RA. Judge 94
OPSA. Judge 1.013
WL. Severino 11
ERAL. Severino 3.10
SOL. Severino 183