Mookie homers three times against Yankees

Ross Houston
July 27, 2019

His Red Sox remain just a half-game behind the Rays for the second wild-card position in the AL.

Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer in a seven-run first inning, then added a solo shot in the eighth as the Boston Red Sox put a historic pounding on the AL East-leading Yankees, beating NY 19-3 on Thursday night in the opener of their four-game series.

He'd recently made some swing adjustments that led to those better numbers, but was all out of sync in his pregame routine Friday afternoon. "He was crushing balls in the cage, but today kind of felt a little off".

Whatever pregame issues plagued his batting practice and cage sessions, they were long gone by the bottom. NY didn't score off Cashner until the sixth. Betts posted three homers on the evening and finished with four runs, four hits and five RBI. Mike Tauchman served up three hits with two runs in that one.

Cashner has not fared well since he left the Orioles, with a 7.36 ERA for the Red Sox in two starts. The 32-year-old Texan didn't yield a home run in his final five outings-all quality starts-with the Orioles but has yielded four with Boston.

Meanwhile, the Sox are 62-20 in their last 82 in game three of a series and 39-12 in Rodriguez's last 51 starts.

Yankees starting pitchers have a 19.06 ERA over their last 22 2/3 innings, giving up 52 runs (48 earned), 52 hits, 13 walks and 17 home runs.

Sabathia had a run of four consecutive quality starts going, with nine earned in 25.0 innings, but he gave up six in 4.0 innings in Minnesota during a loss his last time out.

Batters have had three-homer games on four straight days for the first time in big league history. Colorado's Charlie Blackmon went deep off Paxton to open last Sunday in NY and Tampa Bay's Travis d'Arnaud did the same on July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

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