07/16 21:07 CDT Judge, Gregorius lift Yanks over Rays after CC starts fracas
Judge, Gregorius lift Yanks over Rays after CC starts fracas
By JAKE SEINER
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- Aaron Judge hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth
inning, Didi Gregorius followed with a grand slam and the New York Yankees beat
Tampa Bay 8-3 Tuesday night after another surly clash between CC Sabathia and
A pitch after slicing a would-be homer foul by about two feet, Judge smashed a
3-2 pitch from left-hander Colin Poche (2-3) into the right-center field seats
to make it 4-3. It was Judge's 10th homer, and he carried the bat nearly all
the way to first base before tossing it down and shouting into New York's
Gregorius took a curtain call after hitting a long grand slam later in the
inning that ended a 1-for-23 skid. Edwin Encarnacin hit his 28th homer and
third in two games, DJ LeMahieu also went deep, and New York stretched its AL
East lead over Tampa Bay to six games.
Yandy Daz hit a solo homer and an RBI double, and All-Star Austin Meadows
delivered his 14th homer for Tampa Bay.
Benches cleared during the sixth inning amid a shouting match between Sabathia
and hitter Avisal Garca. After Sabathia struck out Garca looking to strand
two runners, the 38-year-old barked and pointed at Garca. Sabathia was
restrained by Gregorius and never got close to Garca while both benches and
bullpens emptied. No punches were thrown.
Sabathia was ejected for plunking the Rays' Jesus Sucre during his last regular
season start in 2018 and has had a few salty run-ins with Tampa Bay this
season, including when he threw at Meadows three times and shouted insults
during a game in May.
Sabathia allowed three runs in six innings and struck out six. He has a 2.63
ERA in eight starts against the Rays over the past two seasons.
Left fielder Brett Gardner robbed Garca of a likely homer with a leaping grab
against the wall in the fourth inning. Garca threw down his helmet in
David Hale (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for New York, starting with an
inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the seventh against Travis
D'Arnaud led off for Tampa Bay and played first base a night after hitting
three homers, including a go-ahead shot in the ninth inning. D'Arnaud was 0 for
Jalen Beeks followed opener Ryne Stanek and pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-run
ball. He struck out four straight and five overall after being called up from
The Yankees ran into an ugly double play to end the fifth. Gleyber Torres
grounded to short, and Gregorius got caught in a rundown trying to go from
second to third. Second baseman Michael Brosseau tagged out Gregorius after two
throws, then spun and threw to pick off Torres, who had taken an aggressive
turn around first.
The Yankees got their first ever visit from Rookie, the bat-fetching golden
retriever who works for Double-A Trenton. Rookie was on the field before the
game and posed for photos with former Thunder players, including Judge, but MLB
rules prohibited him from working during the game.
Rays: OF Guillermo Heredia was optioned to Triple-A Durham to make space for
Beeks. Manager Kevin Cash said optioning Heredia was the "toughest send-down
we've had all season," but the club needed a fresh arm. ... All-Star 2B Brandon
Lowe (bruised shin) is running and receiving treatment in Tampa Bay but hasn't
resumed baseball activities after being injured over the weekend. Cash is
unsure if Lowe will be ready to play this weekend.
Yankees: 3B Gio Urshela was out of the starting lineup to rest. Urshela pinch
ran for Luke Voit in the eighth. ... OF Cameron Maybin (left calf) is hitting
in a cage and doing agility drills. He's nearing a minor league rehab
assignment, but a date hasn't been determined yet.
Rays RHP Yonny Chirinos (8-4, 3.11) will face Yankees RHP Domingo Germn (11-2,
3.40) in the third game of the four-game set. Chirinos had a career-high eight
strikeouts in his previous outing against Baltimore and has made seven straight
quality starts. Germn is 2-0 with an 0.75 ERA in two starts since returning
from the injured list.
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