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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.


Aaron Hicks going to DL with oblique injury, expected to miss 3-4 weeks

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left today’s game against the Texas Rangers after four innings and it was announced after the game that he would be going on the DL with an injury to his oblique. Hicks told reporters after the game that he was given a timetable to return of about 3-4 weeks.

Credit: Noah K. Murray USA Today Sports 


Thankfully this injury has nothing to do with the Achilles injury Hicks suffered a few weeks back, but oblique injuries can be tricky so this is definitely still cause for concern. Even with Jacoby Ellsbury out on a rehab assignment, it is unclear if the Yankees feel he is ready to return. Joe Girardi told reporters it is possible that we could see Ellsbury tomorrow but if he isn’t ready the team may be in a tough spot. They have both Clint Frazier and Dustin Fowler performing well in Triple A but neither are on the 40 man roster. If Ellsbury isn't ready to join the team tomorrow then they may be forced to go with a short handed bench for a few days.

Losing Hicks at this point in the season definitely hurts. Hicks was putting together a bounce back season after a tough 2016 campaign. For the 2017 season he is batting .290 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI. He has been frequently placed in the number two slot in the lineup behind Brett Gardner and has been in center field every day since the injury to Ellsbury. With the Yankees’ going through their toughest stretch of the season to date, Hicks’ injury could not come at a worse time.      

Article by Matt Graziano



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