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Bullpen and defense fail Yankees late, Red Sox seize division title in 11-6 win

After taking the first two games of their series against the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees sought to complete the sweep on Thursday and prevent the Red Sox from celebrating a division title at Yankee Stadium. As is usually the case between these two teams, Thursday’s game was a back and forth contest but the Red Sox ultimately prevailed 11-6 and will be leaving New York as the AL East champs.

Mitchell hammered as Yankees drop second straight game

Bryan Mitchell, coming off an impressive season debut on Wednesday, got rocked by the Dodgers on Monday night, as the Yankees dropped the series opener 8-2 for the second consecutive defeat. The back-to-back defeats are a huge stumbling block to the Yankees’ playoff hopes, as they need to finish roughly 13-6 the rest of the season to have a realistic shot at the second wild card.

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Mitchell shut down the Blue Jays five days ago, only scattering four hits over five shutout innings, giving him his first win of the season. Tonight, however, he didn’t have the same luck. In just two and a third innings, he was tagged for eight hits and six runs, although only two of those runs were earned. His pitches were staying up, and every batter was making solid contact. He left the offense with a deficit they were not able to overcome. This start will leave Joe Girardi with a tough decision as to who he wants to pitch in his spot the next time around, especially if the playoff race tightens.
The Yankees offense didn’t have a night to remember offensively, either. They were able to only muster five hits, including two home runs that accounted for both of the Bomber runs. In the second inning, Starlin Castro sent a ball into the second deck in left field, putting the Yankees on the board. Three innings later, Aaron Judge absolutely launched a 436-foot blast, showing off his power that made him such a highly touted prospect. After two straight games where the offense wasn’t especially productive, New York will look to rebound tomorrow.

Tomorrow, the Yankees will try to even the series against the Dodgers. The Bombers will send out CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.27 ERA) against the Dodgers’ Julio Urias (5-2, 3.69 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET.

Article by: Dan DeGregorio
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