Who threw the ball at Verdugo?
It's not life and death and it's not this drama, and the fact that people come to the ballpark and they decided to throw a baseball (at) one of the players, I was in shock that that happened."Video shared by a fan on social media shows that the Yankees fan who threw the baseball, who appears to be a young man, was ... WCVB BostonYankees fan throws baseball at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo, hitting him in back
Why is Red Sox Yankees game postponed?
A COVID-19 outbreak within the Yankees' player group has prompted the postponement of Thursday's game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, allowing Major League Baseball to conduct continued testing and contact tracing. The league will continue to provide scheduling updates as available. MLB.comRed Sox-Yankees Thursday game postponed
Boston Red Sox notebook: Christian Arroyo hits another clutch homer, Chris Sale set for Portland outing; rota
18 July, 2021 - 04:00pm
NEW YORK -- Once again, the Red Sox got a big boost from second baseman Christian Arroyo on Friday night.
Leading 1-0, Boston had a runner on second when Arroyo stepped to the plate against Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery in the second inning. On a 2-1 count, Arroyo drove a Montgomery fastball to the opposite field for his sixth homer of the season to put the Sox up, 3-0.
Arroyo continued his streak of clutch homers in recent months.
“When he’s using the big part of the field, he becomes very dangerous,” said manager Alex Cora. “He got a changeup up in the zone, stayed on it and hit it out of the ballpark. Hit the double down the line. The last at-bat was a good one. When he’s not trying to do too much, he is that good.”
Arroyo performed well in the first half (.270 average, .794 OPS in 48 games) but is at risk of losing playing time now that top outfield prospect Jarren Duran has been promoted to the majors. When Duran starts in center, Kiké Hernández will get the bulk of time at second base. That could push Arroyo out of the lineup, especially against righties.
The 26-year-old isn’t concerned about the possibility. In fact, he has been working out at first base in order to make himself more versatile.
“Jarren is a heck of a player,” Arroyo said. “I got to watch him first-hand in spring training and even more when I was rehabbing a couple times. He brings a dynamic to our team and I’m never going to complain about guys who are going to come up here and contribute to our success. I’m here to win baseball games and that’s all I’m concerned with.”
Arroyo has impressed Cora thus far.
“This kid, he was a first-round pick and those guys are special,” Cora said. There’s a reason you guys get selected in the first round. Some of them perform earlier in their career. Others, it takes a while. We’ve been patient with him. He’s doing a great job. He’s a guy who has been amazing in the first part of the season and today was a great start.”
Thursday’s postponed game means the Red Sox will reshuffle their rotation this weekend in New York.
Martín Pérez, who was originally supposed to start Friday night, will be pushed back to Sunday’s series finale so Nathan Eovaldi can keep his scheduled start Saturday, Cora said. Originally, Eduardo Rodriguez, Pérez, Eovaldi and Pivetta were supposed to start -- in that order -- in New York. Rodriguez was pushed back to Friday once Thursday’s game was postponed.
Now, Pivetta will start Monday’s series opener against the Blue Jays in Buffalo with Garrett Richards going Tuesday and Tanner Houck pitching the finale Wednesday night. The Red Sox will use six starters through the first turn of the second half.
Richards will be dealing with a particularly long layoff, as he last pitched July 9 against the Phillies. For the righty, it will be 11 days between starts. Cora doesn’t think that will be an issue.
“He feels like with his side work and all that, he’s going to be fine,” Cora said.
Lefty Chris Sale felt good Friday after throwing three innings in a rehab start for the Florida Complex League Red Sox on Fort Myers on Thursday, Cora said. Sale is on tap for his next rehab outing Tuesday night at Double-A Portland.
“I texted with him this morning,” Cora said. “He felt great physically, he played toss today. Everything went well. He’s really excited, like I said yesterday. The way he has been able to bounce back on a daily basis, it’s not that he’s surprised but he has made some adjustments as far as his nutrition and his workouts and stuff like that. He’s a lot stronger now than he was a few years ago.”
Cora reiterated that he would like to see Sale go at least five innings in a rehab outing before being activated. He did not say how many starts the lefty will make before returning to the majors.
Thursday’s postponement was a reminder to Cora and the Red Sox that despite improvements, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a challenge every club faces on a daily basis.
Before Friday’s game, the Yankees placed three more players -- catcher Kyle Higashioka, outfielder Aaron Judge and third baseman Gio Urshela -- on the COVID-19 injured list after putting two pitchers (Nestor Cortes and Wandy Peralta) there the day before. New York is shorthanded for the weekend series against the Red Sox, leaving manager Aaron Boone in a stressful situation.
“It’s tough,” Cora said. “I talked to him yesterday and with this situation, I don’t want to be in his shoes.”
Cora is proud of how the Red Sox -- who have had zero positive COVID-19 tests since spring training -- have handled MLB protocols.
“I’ve been concerned since Day 1,” Cora said. “As long as we keep doing the things we’re supposed to do... our medical department has been outstanding, I think the players have cooperated and done an amazing job. That’s what we can control. So far, so good.”
Reliever Ryan Brasier (concussion) still hasn’t progressed past playing catch since being cleared in late June, Cora said. His timetable for a return is still uncertain.
“That’s the only thing he has been doing baseball-wise,” Cora said. “Besides that, he has been doing okay.”
Utility man Marwin Gonzalez (right hamstring strain) may need longer than the minimum 10 days on the injured list, Cora said. Gonzalez hurt his hamstring twice -- first on July 6 in Anaheim and again Sunday against the Phillies.
“It was actually worse than the first one,” Cora said. “It was bad compared to when we slowed him down a little bit. We’re not going to rush him. Let’s put it that way.”
Infielder/outfielder Danny Santana (left quad strain) is eligible to rejoin the Red Sox on Saturday because his IL stint was backdated to July 7, but it’s unclear if he will. Santana
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18 July, 2021 - 11:15am
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Jarren Duran #40 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
On a very eventful evening in the Bronx Saturday night, the New York Yankees secured their first victory over the rival Boston Red Sox in the 2021 season. After the Sox secured their seventh straight win over the Yanks on Friday, Saturday started slowly, as the first pitch was delayed by an hour even though there didn’t look to be too much rain in sight over Yankee Stadium until after the game had eventually started. The game was called after a second rain delay after six innings of the game were complete.
The Yankees got their first win over the Sox with a 3-1 scoreline. The visiting Sox took the lead in the second through a Christian Arroyo line drive to the left that scored Jarren Duran, who got his first MLB hit on a line drive to center off of one of the league’s top pitchers in Gerrit Cole.
For the Yankees, DJ LeMahieu produced an RBI, with both Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres homering off of Hirokazu Sawamura, as the righty only got through one-third of an inning after relieving Boston All-Star Nathan Eovaldi, who managed five innings, allowing two hits and an earned run, striking out seven Yankees.
The game itself was overshadowed by criticism of the delays – which you can completely understand when there was an hour period before the first pitch where the game could easily have been played, although the monsoon later in the night certainly didn’t help things.
Then the incident that occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning. Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo ran out to his spot in the Yankee Stadium outfield to get ready for the half-inning, and he tossed up a ball into the stands. Verdugo said that he was trying to throw this ball to a kid, but an older Yankees fan intercepted it and threw it back at him. The ball was thrown while Verdugo wasn’t looking in unacceptable fashion. Dugie had a lot to say on the matter, and I’m pretty sure everyone, Red Sox and Yankees fans alike, can agree on the matter.
I stand with Alex Verdugo pic.twitter.com/a0BdwYiRrb
— Steve Perrault (@Steve_Perrault) July 18, 2021
Between this and the weather delays, the game was never going to be an easy one to win. Cole had a big night as he pitched all six innings, striking out 11, as he helped his team get their first victory against the Sox this year as they climbed up to seven games back of Boston at the top of the AL East.
The Red Sox will pitch Martin Perez against Jameson Taillon on Sunday night, as they look for another series victory over the Evil Empire. Last Thursday’s postponed game will be made up when the Sox visit the Yankees again in mid-August, but the Yanks will visit Fenway for a four-game set first next week as we enter a pivotal time in the race for the division.
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