Yankees Hitters Prayed for Rain, but Rick Porcello Just Pitched Through It
Apr 14 2018
Even the Red Sox meted out a the Yankees rebounded having a 10-6 victory that was brawl-filled, and Porcello jeopardized to shoot on the first no hitter against the Yankees since 2003.
They also got positive news Thursday when ace lefty David Price played catch in the outfield and felt no ill effects after leaving his start after a four-run first inning Wednesday night with numbness in his left hand. Ramirez dropped his bat, hopped toward the third base dugout and winced in pain, tended to by Boston medical staff before heading to the home clubhouse. But when your grandfather watched his club's pitcher buzz the dude who slid the wrong way or celebrated too much or looked at him amusing, it was probably a guy with a maximum velocity of around 88 miles per hour pacing himself to throw 140 pitches in the game, and one who would certainly bat against his counterpart multiple times that game and many more times that season.
It was encouraging, then, with Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on base and two out in the seventh inning, to see Porcello turn to the changeup to get a strikeout of Hicks.
For many longtime Sox fans, the real season begins when the Yankees hit Yawkey Way.
"Out of character for me", Cora said. In all, he threw seven scoreless innings, walking no one while striking out six.
Gray allowed another run in the third and was knocked out after Mitch Moreland's single to start the fourth. Remember there are still 17 more games to be played between the two.
Injury report: Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, who suffered a broken right elbow when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday, will be out at least six weeks.
NY bats were mostly punch-less Thursday, though, through seven innings.
"Kind of just one of those nights", Gray said.
It wasn't just Thursday night that makes Gray look like a bad matchup against the Red Sox. "Scuffling to find the zone, didn't execute very well and made it hard all the way around".
Porcello got out of the jam in the seventh, preserving Boston's 6-0 lead.
Benintendi hit a grounder right at Wade, whose throw to home got past Sanchez and allowed Leon to score. OF Shane Robinson was designated for assignment. The team physician says the fracture is stable and won't require surgery.
Austin said after the game that he felt nothing was wrong with his slide. Boston placed LHP Bobby Poyner (strained hamstring) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred handed out suspensions to both Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly and Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin for their actions. They'll also receive undisclosed fines and both will appeal their punishments. It was his shortest outing since September 28, 2016, and in four starts at Fenway, Gray is 0-3 with a 7.13 ERA.