Sports Left turn: Boone says Yankees 'a lot better' with Gallo
Yankees-Red Sox ppd after 3 NY pitchers test COVID positive
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees' post-All-Star break opener against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among vaccinated New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said three additional tests were pending and he assumed they would come back positive. Loaisiga went on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday, when the Yankees were in Houston, and he did not travel home with the team Sunday. Cashman said all three were fully vaccinated, as are most of the players on the team.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Yankees have answered questions about how they would proceed heading into Friday's trade deadline.
They are big-time buyers.
All-Star slugger Joey Gallo's trade to New York from the Texas Rangers was completed Thursday, giving the heavily right-handed Yankees a much-needed powerful lefty bat.
New York acquired Gallo and left-hander Joely Rodriguez from the Rangers for minor league right-hander Glenn Otto and infielders Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver and Josh Smith. The Yankees will receive $2,722,865 from the Rangers plus another $500,000 in January that is conditioned on Rodriguez’ 2022 option buyout being paid.
Red Sox-Yanks to play Friday; Judge among positive tests
NEW YORK (AP) — The Red Sox and Yankees will play Friday night after a game scheduled for Thursday was postponed due to an outbreak in New York's clubhouse that will sideline six players, including All-Star slugger Aaron Judge. Judge, third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka were added to the COVID-19 injured list Friday, joining pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta. Loaisiga went on the IL Saturday when New York was in Houston, and Cortes and Peralta were added Thursday. Additionally, first baseman Luke Voit was added to the injured list Friday with a bone bruise in his left knee.
With switch-hitting center fielder Aaron Hicks hurt, second baseman Rougned Odor and outfielder Brett Gardner have been the only left-handed hitters to see substantial playing time.
“Sign me up for the guy that’s on base almost 40% of the time and has power and provides the kind of potential balance for our lineup,” Boone said before New York lost 14-0 to Tampa Bay. “And on top of it, he’s a two-way player. This is a guy that really defends, can run and do all those things. It’s hard to argue that we’re not a lot better team adding Joey Gallo to us.”
Boone didn't rule out the Yankees making additional moves.
The 27-year-old Gallo is hitting .223 with 25 homers, 55 RBIs and a major league-leading 74 walks. While he was a Gold Glove-winning right fielder for Texas, Boone envisions Gallo playing a lot in left for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder.
Torres, Odor homer to back Taillon as Yanks beat Red Sox 9-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan LaMarre, Greg Allen and Trey Amburgey. That was the New York Yankees' starting outfield Sunday night for a critical game against rival Boston. Not exactly the Bronx Bombers of Mantle, Maris and Berra. But not to be taken lightly, either. Gleyber Torres, Rougned Odor and LaMarre homered to back another strong start from Jameson Taillon as the depleted Yankees pulled away for a 9-1 victory over the scuffling Red Sox. Playing without All-Star slugger Aaron Judge and five of his teammates who also tested positive for COVID-19 recently, the Yankees took their second straight from Boston after dropping the first seven meetings this year.
“Obviously the power stands out, the plate discipline stands out, and the defensive prowess that he brings in multiple positions is something that people don't give him as much credit for,” Yankees ace Gerrit Cole said.
Team officials, including owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman, have been holding meetings in nearby Tampa, Florida.
“Part of the reason I'm here is because Hal always goes for it, and so does Brian,” Cole said. “Continue to push chips in. I trust that they're going to do what's best for the organization, what's best to win. I trust they're going to try and make us better one way or another, and they did."
Boone talked on the phone for about five minutes with Gallo, who is expected join the team for Friday night's game at Miami.
“We’re excited to add an All-Star,” Boone said. “I let him know how excited we are.”
Gallo is owed $2.2 million from his $6.2 million salary. He is eligible for arbitration next winter and can became a free agent after the 2022 season.
Red Sox end Germán's no-hit bid in 8th, storm past Yanks 5-4
BOSTON (AP) — Domingo Germán was simply dominating the Boston Red Sox. Never more so than in the seventh inning, when the Yankees right-hander struck out stars J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and rookie Jarren Duran. As Germán walked off the mound then with a no-hitter intact and a solid lead, there was no way to envision what was on deck. Held hitless into the eighth by Germán and looking feeble, Alex Verdugo and the Red Sox suddenly erupted for five runs to shake Fenway Park and storm past New York 5-4 on Sunday.
Rodriguez is due $887,097 from his $2.2 million salary, part of a contract that includes a $3 million club option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout.
Jon Daniels, Texas' president of baseball operations, said it was emotional to trade away a homegrown star. He said there had been some discussions about a contract extension, but the former GM said it was clear the chances for a deal now were unrealistic, making a trade the best alternative for the last-place Rangers.
“Obviously if we’re in a different competitive spot, we weren’t in a rebuilding situation, which we are and have acknowledged and talked about, this could look a little different,” Daniels said.
Daniels said the Rangers included cash in the deal to offset the bulk of the remaining salaries for Gallo and Rodriguez, who is owed about $887,000 from his $2.5 million salary and has a $3 million team option next season that includes a $500,000 buyout.
Gallo, a two-time All-Star, is a career .211 hitter in seven seasons, but launches a lot of longballs. He hit 41 home runs in 2017 and 40 in 2018.
“We’re going to have nights where we punch out double digits but if our guys do what they’re capable of, we’re going to be on a base a ton,” Boone said.
Montgomery stops 8-start winless streak, Yanks top Rays 4-3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Montgomery stopped an eight-start winless streak, Aaron Judge singled in his return from COVID-19 and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Tuesday night. Montgomery (4-5) gave up five hits in five scoreless innings. The left-hander was 0-4 over his previous eight outings since beating Tampa Bay on June 2, despite allowing three or fewer runs seven times. New York had lost three of four to AL East-leading Boston last weekend. “We really needed it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Every day is super important. We won tonight, we've got to get it tomorrow, and these guys are hyper aware of that and locked in on that.
The Yankees began the day 8 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East and trailing Tampa Bay, Oakland and Seattle in the wild-card race for two spots.
Rodríguez, 29, is 1-3 with one save and a 5.93 ERA in 31 relief appearances this season, holding left-handed batters to a .176 average. He is 2-5 with a 5.05 ERA in 81 relief appearances over four seasons with Philadelphia (2016-17) and Texas (2020-21), and he was 3-7 with a 1.85 ERA over 90 relief appearances in 2018-19 for the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League.
Duran, 22, hit .290 with 15 doubles, six triples, 12 homers and 48 RBIs this season in 67 games with High-A Hudson Valley.
Hauver, 22, made his professional debut this season with Low-A Tampa, hitting .288 with 17 doubles, nine homers and 49 RBIs in 66 games.
Otto, 25, was 7-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 starts and one relief appearance with Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Smith, 23, hit .324 with 12 doubles, nine homers, 24RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 39 games with Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley.
Daniels said the Rangers acquired three players they see as eventually becoming everyday bats in the big leagues, along with a young Texas-born starting pitcher who could get his first shot in the majors later this season. Daniels said all four were critical to getting the deal completed.
“Overall, it’s a really good value, four players that we’re excited about,” Daniels said. “It made sense to us, and we believe it’ll make sense to our fans in time.”
AP Baseball Writer Stephen Hawkins contributed to this report.
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Mark Didtler, The Associated Press
Yankees COVID-19 outbreak continues as Rizzo tests positive .
NEW YORK (AP) — Newcomer Anthony Rizzo has become the latest Yankees player to test positive for the coronavirus. Rizzo is the fourth New York player within the past week to be sidelined by COVID-19, joining starting pitchers Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery and catcher Gary Sánchez. Rizzo tested positive after Saturday's game, manager Aaron Boone said. Rizzo went 0 for 4 in the Yankees' 5-4 victory over Seattle. Rizzo is off to a quick start since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 29. The first baseman is hitting .281 with three homers and six RBIs in nine games for New York.