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Who is the Yankee Fan banned for life?

Justice was served -- the fan was banned from Yankee Stadium and the other 29 ballparks for life, an MLB spokesperson told's Brendan Kuty on Sunday -- and the game eventually picked back up with Verdugo remaining in left field. CBS sports.comFan banned from Yankee Stadium, other 29 MLB ballparks after throwing ball at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo

What happened at Red Sox Yankees game?

The game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday was delayed briefly after a fan threw a baseball at Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo in the sixth inning, hitting him in the back, which led Red Sox manager Alex Cora to pull his team from the field. The AthleticRed Sox-Yankees delayed after fan throws baseball at Alex Verdugo

NEW YORK -- The fan who hit Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands has been banned for life from attending major league games.

The decision was confirmed Sunday by spokesmen for both the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning Saturday night after Verdugo was struck in the back by a ball thrown from the left-field seats. He did not appear to be hurt.

An angry Verdugo shouted at fans and was restrained by first-base coach Tom Goodwin as the game was held up in a driving rain. The fan was ejected from the ballpark.

"While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries -- especially with the Red Sox -- reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that puts the safety of players, field staff or fellow fans in jeopardy will not be tolerated," the Yankees said in a statement Sunday.

"There is absolutely no place for it at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the field, will always be the top priority for the Yankees organization every time we open our doors."

Verdugo said he tossed the ball into the stands to a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted it and threw it back onto the field, hitting the outfielder.

"It's awful, embarrassing, unacceptable," New York manager Aaron Boone said afterward.

Verdugo returned to left field when play resumed following a discussion with umpires near Boston's dugout.

"It felt like it was targeted towards me and it don't sit well with me," he said.

New York won 3-1 in a game called after six innings due to heavy rain. reported Sunday the fan was not arrested.

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Why Yankees delayed 1st pitch Saturday with no rain 19 July, 2021 - 09:00pm

Red Sox radio play-by-play Joe Castiglione continuously trashed the Yankees during Saturday night’s broadcast on WEEI for pushing back the start time due to a threat of rain.

The 50-minute delay with no rain and the tarp not even covering the infield at Yankee Stadium seemed bizarre, and even more so later in the night because the teams ended up playing through a steady rainfall before umpires awarded the Yankees a 3-1, six-inning victory.

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Castiglione was right in one regard: It was the Yankees’ call to delay the first pitch because the home team makes that decision. Once plays begins, it’s in the umpires’ hands to stop play due to inclement weather.

In this case, the Yankees made their decision after participating in a conference call that included Red Sox reps and local weather forecasters.

“We had a meeting with everybody,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We talked to the weather people. There was a big cell coming. It either was going to rain at 7:45 for the rest of the night, or it wasn’t going to rain. So we had to wait.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Cora wanted to wait because both teams had its All-Star starting pitcher going, Gerrit Cole for the Yanks and Nathan Eovaldi for Boston. Neither skipper wanted to start the game on time at 7:15, then have the game rained out a half-hour later with their ace pitching only an inning or two.

“We didn’t want to lose Nate in our case and them Gerrit, so that’s why the delay happened,” Cora said. “We were just waiting to see if the forecast was going to get better, and it did actually for a little bit.”

It was raining in the first inning, causing Eovaldi to lose the grip on two pitches that resulted in Yankees No. 3 and 4 hitters Rougned Odor and Gary Sanchez reaching with back-to-back, two-out hit by pitches. The righty escaped that jam, then no-hit the Yankees through four innings and finished allowing just one run over five.

“I felt good given the circumstances with the rain and everything,” Eovaldi said. “The rosin got wet back there behind the mound. I had a couple splitters that slipped out. It was kind of frustrating. In that first inning I had Odur where I wanted him and I ended up nicking his jersey, and then the same with Gary. Fortunately it wasn’t anything bad hitting him in the hand. I had to work around that in the first inning.”

The steady rain turned into a downpour by the fourth inning, but play continued thanks to the grounds crew spreading sand on the mound, batter’s box and base paths.

The umpiring crew finally stopped the game after the Yankees scored two fifth-inning runs on back-to-back homers by Sanchez and Gleyber Torres to pull ahead and Cole returned to the mound for the seventh to complain about the conditions.

“It got pretty bad there in the end,” Boone said. “I actually walked out there with Gerrit and said, ‘What are we doing? It was not good.”

The in-game delay started at 10:48 p.m., and lasted until 11:40 p.m., when umpires declared the game over with the rain stopped.

“Everything that we hear is that it’s going to rain in 10 or 15 minutes, and it’s not going to stop,” Cora said after the game.

Cora was right. The skies opened again in a few minutes with another downpour that included thunder and lightning.

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Boston Red Sox’s Christian Arroyo likely heading to injured list after hurting hamstring in debut at first ba 19 July, 2021 - 09:00pm

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox tried to get creative with infielder Christian Arroyo on Sunday night, giving him his career start at first base. The experiment did not last long.

Arroyo, who had split time between second base, shortstop and third base in the first 134 games of his major-league career, injured his hamstring stretching on a potential double play ball in the third inning. As Arroyo tried to lengthen his stance to receive Kiké Hernández’s throw on a Giancarlo Stanton grounder, he did a split that led to his immediate removal from the game.

Arroyo has a left hamstring strain and will likely be placed on the injured list Monday, manager Alex Cora said.

“He just felt it when he stretched,” said manager Alex Cora. “It’s a hard one, right, because he was ready, of course, to play first. He stretches and that happens. It’s a tough one for us but we’ll bounce back.”

Entering Sunday, Arroyo had a .944 OPS in nine July games and had made a strong case that he deserved more playing time at second base. But the promotion of outfielder Jarren Duran meant Hernández would be pushed from center field to second base on days Duran plays, seemingly leaving Arroyo without a position. Bobby Dalbec’s struggles paired with injuries to utility men Danny Santana and Marwin Gonzalez made first base an option for Arroyo.

Arroyo started working out at the spot earlier this week and was thrust into action for the first time Sunday. Before the game, Cora was excited about the new alignment.

“Good athlete, good defender,” Cora said. “We’re comfortable with it. He has earned his playing time, let’s put it that way. He’s putting good at-bats, he’s hitting good pitching and he deserves to start. He’s comfortable with it. I am comfortable with it. So we’ll go from there.”

Before Arroyo’s injury, the plan was for him to split second base with Hernández and first base with Dalbec, depending on who was pitching for the opponent each day. Against righties, with Duran manning center, Cora planned to use Hernández at second and Arroyo at first. Cora has expressed a desire to play Duran less against left-handers, so Hernández would likely start in center with Arroyo at second and Dalbec at first.

Now, Dalbec and Santana -- who is due to return from the injured list before Boston’s game against the Blue Jays in Buffalo on Monday night -- will most likely platoon at first base for the foreseeable future with Gonzalez and Michael Chavis potentially factoring in as well. If Arroyo is sidelined for an extended period of time, it will be his third IL stint since May.

“It’s frustrating, right, because it seems like he’s in a groove, he’s swinging the bat well, and then this happens,” Cora said. “We don’t like our guys to get hurt.

“When you’re not playing that much and you start playing a lot and start getting on base at a high rate and you’re running the bases more than usual, stuff like this happens,” Cora said.

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Alex Cora reshuffles struggling Red Sox lineup, dropping Alex Verdugo in order

Yahoo Sports 19 July, 2021 - 05:22pm

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Alex Cora has seen enough of the struggling Red Sox offense in its current form, so before Monday's series opener vs. the Blue Jays, he made some changes.

Alex Verdugo, a staple in the No. 2 hole virtually all season, has been dropped to sixth in the order. Rookie Jarren Duran, a leadoff hitter throughout his minor-league career, will move up to second. Xander Bogaerts will move from fourth to third, followed by Rafael Devers in the cleanup spot, and J.D. Martinez batting fifth.

Cora described the move as mostly about Martinez, who has spent the bulk of the season batting third, but hasn't hit as often with runners on base recently, particularly with Verdugo struggling.

The issues came to a head in Sunday's 9-1 loss to the Yankees, completing a series that saw the Red Sox manage just six runs in three games.

"I'm trying to maximize J.D., get him some traffic in front of him," Cora said. "There was an at-bat yesterday that caught my attention with Raffy. He had traffic and they didn't attack him. I've been thinking about this for a while now. How we can rearrange J.D., Xander and Raffy so we can maximize them? We haven't been good offensively since Oakland, so why not? It gives Dugie a breather, too, although he's hitting behind J.D., but maybe a different at-bat. Second and third, one out, he hits a ground ball and we score a run and he feels better about himself, so we went with it."

While the shift could create more RBI opportunities for Martinez, it's also an acknowledgement that Verdugo hasn't produced for a while now. After a strong start that earned him All-Star consideration, Verdugo has slumped badly. Since the start of June, he's batting just .253 with two homers and a .683 OPS. He's at .245-0-.608 in July.

Also of concern: after striking out just 28 times in his first 58 games, Verdugo was whiffed 23 times in his last 28.

"The swing and misses lately, that's not him," Cora said. "This is a guy, he makes contact, he goes the other way and it hasn't happened consistently for him, but he's working. He's working. I think it's just a timing thing. When you're late on the fastball and out in front on offspeed pitches, it's all about timing. But the thing with Dugie, too, is it's so simple with him, his approach. There's not too much adjusting, it's just a matter of getting that timing back and get back to raking."

Cora is confident this offensive blip will be temporary.

"I'm not concerned," he said. "I think you go through ups and downs during the season. . . . Today just felt like, let's try this and see what happens. Maybe Jarren gets on and we can run and we can put pressure on them. Dugie comes up with the bases loaded and no outs, he might hit a grand slam. You never know. It's still the same group of guys. We'll just reshuffle it for the time being and see where it takes us."

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Yankees: A-Rod’s trade targets for NYY are hilarious and impossible

Yanks Go Yard 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 8: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball color commentator Alex Rodriguez exits the Green Monster before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on September 8, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees, having “saved their season” by taking two out of three from the Red Sox in what seemed likely to be a disaster series this weekend, might need to go forth and upgrade at the trade deadline just to save their own skin.

The outfield, now without both Tim Locastro and Trey Amburgey (!!!), consists of Greg Allen, Ryan LaMarre and Brett Gardner in a best-case scenario.

Bizarrely, those two men at the corners have been killing it, but that doesn’t mean Starling Marte and Co. wouldn’t be massive upgrades.

According to Alex Rodriguez on Sunday night’s ESPN broadcast, the Yankees need to be cautious when upgrading their outfield, though. Joey Gallo of the Rangers, whose name has been mentioned repeatedly in recent weeks, doesn’t feel like a fit to A-Rod due to the swing-and-miss nature of his game.

Sounds like Rodriguez has been knee-deep in Yankees Twitter.

So, we’ll play this game. Gallo does seem expensive. He does swing and miss plenty (though he’d still help this team). Who would Rodriguez rather trade for? Well … about that …

A-Rod says José Ramirez, Christian Yelich and Ramon Laureano are the type of players that the Yankees should be targeting

Personally we'd love it if the Yankees acquired Trout and Ohtani in some sort of two-for-two package

— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 19, 2021

Hopefully, Rodriguez meant Yelich-and-Laureano-type-guys and not Yelich and Laureano themselves. Unfortunately, there aren’t many of those available either? Those are absolute superstars … though Yelich is hitting .244 with a 114 OPS+. Maybe the Yankees can buy low? Yup, in our dreams.

As noble as A-Rod’s intentions are — and as legitimate as his worries about Gallo being a redundant overpay are — his goals for the new-look Yankees seem to be just about as realistic as importing Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. Hey, wait. That’s not a bad idea.

Maybe the ESPN analyst is just worried about his number being stolen, and he’s trying to prevent that at all costs?

Interesting tidbit that means nothing… Joey Gallo wears No. 13 for the Rangers

No Yankee has been No. 13 since Alex Rodriguez from 2004 to 2016

— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 15, 2021

Acting like Gallo, a lefty power bat unlike any other, wouldn’t help the team at all is disingenuous, though.

Perhaps someday the Brewers will engage in a fire sale and the A’s will try their favorite “trade before extending” trick with Laureano. Doesn’t seem likely to happen in the next 10 days, though.

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