Sub-.500 Red Sox Open Set vs. Aaron Judge-less Yanks

While Aaron Judge begins the healing process in his right big toe, new York Yankees settled for partial success in their first full day without their star slugger

After splitting a double header in less-than-ideal sky conditions on Thursday, the hosts Yankees try to capitalize on some of the recent struggles by boston red sox In the first of a three-match series between the longtime rivals on Friday night

New York is 7-4 in its last 11 contests after the twin bill against the Chicago White Sox. In the first game, Yankees Reliever Michael King allowed a two-run homer in the seventh inning in a 6–5 loss, but New York’s three pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 3–0 win in the night cap.

Billy McKinney, who was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when Judge landed on the injured list with a sprain and strain to his right big toe, tripled in his season debut in the first game on Thursday. and scored. He hit a solo home run in the second game.

“It was good to see him come up, and like some other guys who got opportunities, he came and contributed,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said

McKinney, who was hitting .274 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, will be part of an outfield rotation that includes Willie Calhoun, Jake Bowers and Isiah Kinner-Falefa. Calhoun, who batted leadoff in both games, pitched in the opener and had three hits on the day. In the second game, he doubled before hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning off of Gleyber Torres.

McKinney said, “Just help the team win, that’s the goal, and win as many games as you can. Obviously Aaron Judge, he’s kind of, just do your best to help the team win.” , and that’s what matters.”

Boston travels to New York for the first time since winning the four-game series last September.

this year, the red Sox They were 26–20 on May 20 after earning a 4–2 win in San Diego. Since then, they’re 5-12

500 for the first time since April 28 after losing two of three this week to the host Cleveland Guardians.

After registering a 5-4 win in the first match on Tuesday, the red Sox Lost 5-2 on Wednesday. The rubber game brought an ugly 10-3 defeat on Thursday when Boston starter Matt Dermody allowed two homers to Jose Ramirez, and Corey Kluber allowed the star third baseman to hit another in the sixth.

red Sox Alex Verdugo was also seated for not stirring the bases in the seventh inning on Wednesday. Verdugo is expected to return to the lineup on Friday

Boston manager Alex Cora said, “We just felt like his reaction on that play wasn’t good enough, not on second down behind him.” “I don’t know if he was out or safe, but I didn’t like it. I thought it was not acceptable, and he knows it.”

Starts Friday for Gerrit Cole (7-0, 2.82 ERA) Yankees After pulling out before his last outing due to cramping. In a 6-3 victory over the host Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, Cole allowed one run on four hits over six innings while throwing 80 pitches.

Cole is 7-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 15 career starts. red Sox

Boston’s Garrett Whitlock (2-2, 5.61 ERA) will make his sixth start and move to third after returning from an injured right elbow. After allowing one run in five innings on May 27 in Arizona, Whitlock allowed four runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision on Saturday at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. red Sox rallied to an 8-5 victory in that game

Whitlock, 18th round pick Yankees In 2017, is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 12 career appearances – all in relief – against New York since Boston selected him as a Rule 5 pick after the 2020 season.

– Field Level Media