Yankees getting more early drama than they bargained for – New York Post


How fitting that such a nutty game features an even nuttier postscript.

Amidst what is already a nutty Yankees season.

Friday night featured more than five hours of baseball leading to a 14-inning, 7-3 loss at the hands of the Orioles, with New Yorker Pedro Alvarez delivering the game-winning grand slam off Jonathan Holder. The Yankees, saddled once again with high expectations after last year’s surprise surge, are now 4-4.

Such is the nature of this odd first week and a half, however, that fans had to feel a touch of relief, if not yet a full exhale, as the many early pinstriped departures all appeared to be manageable. A chance existed, as Yankees officials huddled Saturday morning, that none of CC Sabathia, Brandon Drury, Tyler Wade, Gary Sanchez or Aroldis Chapman, all of whom set off alarms during the game, would have to go on the disabled list.

“When you exert everyone and you’re losing guys like that, yeah, it hurts when you lose it,” Aaron Boone said. “It is what it is. Got to turn the page tomorrow.”

Sabathia, who departed after four innings with a sore right hip, said afterward that an MRI exam came back clean and he hoped to make his next start next Thursday in Boston against the Red Sox. Sanchez, who limped off the field in the top of the 14th (shortly before Alvarez went deep), said an examination revealed nothing more serious than cramps.

Brandon Drury, who left for pinch hitter Ronald Torreyes in the sixth, felt a migraine and blurriness, Boone said. And Tyler Wade, lifted defensively in the ninth inning, looked very much like a young man battling flu-like symptoms, just as Boone said.

Oh, and for good measure, Aroldis Chapman passed a team doctor’s examination after Boone and a trainer — sparked by Sanchez’s concerns over the closer’s velocity — visited the mound to check on him. Chapman stayed in the game and struck out Trey Mancini to finish the ninth.

Wow! Talk about drama. For a moment there, it appeared that the Yankees wanted to perform an homage to the 2017 Mets.

Drama has not been in short supply for these Yankees. Preceding Friday’s developments, the Yankees already had lost Greg Bird, Aaron Hicks, Billy McKinney, and minor-league reliever Ben Heller to injuries in the prior two weeks, and Jacoby Ellsbury, out since the start of the Grapefruit League, suffered a setback. Boone has been feeling his way through his new job, his surprisingly underwhelming bullpen letting him down on more than one occasion. Ironically, seven relievers, including Holder, had combined for nine shutout frames on Friday before Alvarez busted that up. At least one roster move is likely to give Boone a fresh arm for Saturday’s game.

Sanchez has been absolutely dreadful at the plate, sporting an anemic .063/.188/.091 slash line. New guy Giancarlo Stanton has three homers and two doubles, but a lowly .297 on-base percentage.

On the bright side, Didi Gregorius hit a game-tying homer off Baltimore’s Miguel Castro in the eighth inning, and he nearly scored the walk-off run in the 11th, trying to advance on an errant pitch by Mychal Givens, only to get tagged out at the plate in a great relay from Joseph to Givens. On the bright side, too, the roster depth remains a strength.

“Every loss is tough. They’re all tough,” said Aaron Judge, who made a remarkable 13th-inning catch to rob Caleb Joseph of a home run. “How is this team going to bounce back?”

The more sound bodies, the better the Yankees’ chances of ending this two-game losing streak and, bigger picture, going where they want to go for the season. Will this season calm down for them, though? Or is their journey destined to test their mettle in continually oddball situations?



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