Cole, NY take rain and beat Boston

NEW YORK – Gerrit Cole struck out 11 and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Saturday night in a game that ended after six innings amid a torrential downpour.

Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres hit home runs in a row in the sixth off Hirokazu Sawamura (4-1), and the Yankees beat their fierce rivals for the first time in eight games this year.

New York hadn’t beaten Boston since Sept. 19.

Cole (10-4), who threw 129 pitches for a shutout last Saturday in Houston, this time allowed one run and five hits while covering a six-inning complete game. It was the seventh time he has struck out 10 or more this season.

The match started 52 minutes late due to the threat of a storm, although it was not raining and the canvas was not placed on the ground.

The activity came to a halt before the Yankees took a 3-1 lead when a fan threw a ball near Mexican left fielder Alex Verdugo.

For the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Kiké Hernández 3-1, Christian Vázquez 3-0. The Mexican Verdugo of 3-1. The Dominican Rafael Devers 2-0.

For the Yankees, the Venezuelans Rougned Odor 2-0, Torres 2-1 with a run scored and an RBI. The Dominican Sánchez 2-1 with one scored.

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With Grossman’s HR, Detroit wins 1st of the day

DETROIT – Robbie Grossman started with a home run and four Detroit pitchers combined to allow two no-run hits as the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

José Ureña, who started for the Tigres, allowed two hits in three innings to leave the game with a sore right groin. Daniel Norris (1-3) had six outs, Kyle Funkhouser struck out all three in the sixth and Gregory Soto worked the seventh for his eighth save.

Left-hander Charlie Barnes (0-1) pitched 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut, giving up four hits.

For the Tigers, the Mexican Isaac Paredes 3-1.

For the Twins, Venezuelan Luis Arráez 3-1. The Dominican Jorge Polanco 2-1.

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Shohei Ohtani donated winnings from HR Derby to Angels support staff

ANAHEIM, California – Shohei Ohtani donated her winnings from this week’s Home Run Derby to members of the Los Angeles Angels support staff, according to multiple reports Friday.

The news was first reported by the Orange County Register.

Ohtani donated the $ 150,000 he received to more than a couple dozen people, including clubhouse staff, trainers and members of the media relations department, according to reports. The two-way Japanese sensation handed out the checks before the Angels’ game Friday night against the Seattle Mariners.

In addition to becoming the first Japanese player to participate in the Home Run Derby, Ohtani was the first in All-Star Game history to be selected as a pitcher and batter. He pitched a perfect first inning and was 2-0 in the American League’s 5-2 win Tuesday.

Ohtani was the top seed in Monday’s derby, but was eliminated in the first round after losing a swing-off to Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets won the derby and took home the $ 1 million prize. Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles was second and took home $ 500,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees to play Friday despite COVID-19 cases

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees prepare to play in the Bronx on Friday, a day after the first game of the second half of the Major League season was postponed due to coronavirus cases within the team. of the Big Apple.

“It will be played today. That’s the plan,” a source in full credit told ESPN Digital on Friday morning.

On Thursday, it was revealed that three Yankees players – outfielder Aaron Judge, Colombian third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka – were inactivated by the league’s COVID-19 protocols after testing positive on rapid tests, which caused the suspension of the first game of the series.

Left-handed relievers Jonathan Loaisiga, Néstor Cortés Jr. and Wandy Peralta were the first to test positive and were placed on the disabled list for COVID-19, said Brian Cashman, general manager of the Yankees.

Major League Baseball indicated that the postponement of the game at Yankee Stadium was to allow more testing and contact tracing.

New York was one of the first major league teams to reach the 85% vaccination threshold to reduce coronavirus protocols, such as cessation of mask use in dugouts and bullpens.

The New York players were on the field for batting practice about three and a half hours before the scheduled start of the game Thursday, when the Yankees asked the media to stand down while the team conducted COVID testing.

The Red Sox entered the field when the postponement to begin batting practice was announced.

This was just the eighth game postponed due to COVID-19 this year and the first since April 19 (Twins-Athletics). There were 51 postponements due to COVID-19 last year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees to play Friday despite COVID-19 cases

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees prepare to play in the Bronx on Friday, a day after the first game of the second half of the Major League season was postponed due to coronavirus cases within the team. of the Big Apple.

“It will be played today. That’s the plan,” a source in full credit told ESPN Digital on Friday morning.

On Thursday, it was revealed that three Yankees players – outfielder Aaron Judge, Colombian third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka – were inactivated by the league’s COVID-19 protocols after testing positive on rapid tests, which caused the suspension of the first game of the series.

Left-handed relievers Jonathan Loaisiga, Néstor Cortés Jr. and Wandy Peralta were the first to test positive and were placed on the disabled list for COVID-19, said Brian Cashman, general manager of the Yankees.

Major League Baseball indicated that the postponement of the game at Yankee Stadium was to allow more testing and contact tracing.

New York was one of the first major league teams to reach the 85% vaccination threshold to reduce coronavirus protocols, such as cessation of mask use in dugouts and bullpens.

The New York players were on the field for batting practice about three and a half hours before the scheduled start of the game Thursday, when the Yankees asked the media to stand down while the team conducted COVID testing.

The Red Sox entered the field when the postponement to begin batting practice was announced.

This was just the eighth game postponed due to COVID-19 this year and the first since April 19 (Twins-Athletics). There were 51 postponements due to COVID-19 last year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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They knew there’s a Korean on the New York Yankees

There is no real risk to New York Yankees on taking that hot bat from Korean Hoy Jun Park, especially since the club may need some roster reinforcements in no time. It is not known if Park’s call is specifically related to the COVID situation, as Park’s Triple-A numbers were already a solid case for a promotion.

An international signing in July 2014, Park offers added value to the Yankees beyond his bat. Park has 116 stolen bases (out of 152 chances) in the minors, and he has shown some defensive versatility, primarily as second baseman and shortstop during his six professional seasons:

Park has also hosted a handful of games as third baseman, left fielder and center fielder. This could indicate an opportunity for Park to impersonate Rougned Odor or Tyler Wade for reserve service in the infield, if he gets a glimpse on the major league roster.

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Park is 1.85 meters tall and weighs 79 kilos. He was born on April 7, 1996 in Seoul, South Korea, making him 25 years old. Hit the left-handed side and pitch right. This year he finally made his Triple-A debut and was called up to the team’s taxi squad today, against the Boston Red Sox.

If this call is made official, Today Jun Park becomes the fourth Korean-born player to play for NYY. Chan-Ho Park, Ji-man Choi, and Rob Refsnyder are others.

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Aaron Judge, Among Six Yankees Players Who Tested Positive for COVID-19

All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge was one of six New York Yankees players who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, postponing the game against the Boston Red Sox, with which he would open the second half of the season. Major League Baseball (MLB).

The Yankees’ situation prompted other American League players to undergo tests for the virus to make sure they were not infected, sources told ESPN.

In addition to Judge, Colombian third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka entered the league’s COVID-19 protocols after testing positive in rapid tests and awaiting confirmation of a more accurate test, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney. .

Left-handed relievers Jonathan Loaisiga, Néstor Cortés Jr. and Wandy Peralta had confirmed positives and were placed on the disabled list for COVID-19, reported Brian Cashman, general manager of the Yankees.

“It’s a fluid situation that could expand,” Cashman said. “It has spread to some degree.”

Major League Baseball indicated that the postponement of the game at Yankee Stadium was to allow more testing and contact tracing.

New York was one of the first major league teams to reach the 85% vaccination threshold to reduce coronavirus protocols, such as cessation of mask use in dugouts and bullpens.

Cashman also stated that it is unknown what will happen to Friday’s game, as that is an MLB decision.

The New York players were on the field for batting practice about three and a half hours before the scheduled start of the game Thursday, when the Yankees asked the media to stand down while the team conducted COVID testing.

The Red Sox entered the field when the postponement to begin batting practice was announced.

This is only the eighth game postponed due to COVID-19 this year and the first since April 19 (Twins-Athletics). There were 51 postponements due to COVID-19 last year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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The New York Mets will wear black jerseys for the first time since the 2012 season.

NEW YORK – For the New York Mets, July 30 will be a dark day, in a good sense of the phrase.

New York will wear black jerseys for the first time since 2012 when the Mets will play Cincinnati at Citi Field that night.

The Mets said Thursday they will wear black jerseys for all remaining Friday night home games this season.

The Mets last wore a black jersey in a home game in July 2012 during an 8-5 loss to the Dodgers that included RA Dickey’s first relief appearance in 10 years. It was New York’s eighth loss in nine games.

Mets Mets games in black jerseys include: Bobby Valentine’s return to the dugout with glasses and a fake mustache following a June 9, 1999, ejection against Toronto; Robin Ventura’s grand slam single that ended Game 5 of the NL Championship Series against Atlanta on October 17; and David Wright’s first major league home run, against Montreal on July 26, 2004.

New York will wear black jerseys on August 13 against the Dodgers, on August 27 against Washington, on September 10 against the Yankees and on September 17 against Philadelphia.

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The MLB All-Star Game had the lowest rating in its history this year

NEW YORK – The rating of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game fell to the lowest level on record, although the number of viewers increased by 1%.

The American League’s 5-2 win over the National in Tuesday’s game in Denver included Shohei Ohtani’s performance as a hitter and pitcher. The broadcast registered a rating of 4.5 and a share of 11. It was watched by 8,237,000 viewers for more than two years, Fox said Wednesday.

The lowest rating ever recorded in an All-Star Game was 5.9 in the American League’s 4-3 win at Cleveland two years ago, with a share of 11 and an audience of 8,140,000.

Viewership peaked at 8,897,000 between 9 a.m. and 9:15 p.m. ET.

The 2020 All-Star Game was canceled due to the pandemic.

The Home Run Derby had a total of 7,126,000 viewers between ESPN and ESPN2 on Monday, an increase from the 6.2 billion in 2019 and the largest viewership since 2017. This year it was watched by 6,358,000 people on ESPN and 767,000 on the alternative broadcast on ESPN2

The rating is the percentage of total homes with a television where a transmission is tuned. The share is the percentage of households with a television on in which a certain program is seen.

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Manfred confirms elimination of rules by 2022

The last two MLB seasons have been quite atypical in many ways: Since in 2020 there were only 60 games and there was no public in the stadiums, until the implementation of rules such as the universal designated and for this 2021 as well, the 7-inning doubleheader and the runner in second during extra innings, being these last two rules quite controversial and controversial for the fans.

However, there is good news for the most purists of baseball, since according to information from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the same Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, has confirmed that the 7-inning doubleheader will not continue for the 2022 season. and the runner in second during extra innings.

I really don’t think 7-inning doubleheader and runner second in extra innings are going to be part of our game in the post-pandemic future. They probably won’t be around for the 2022 season.

These rules were put into practice to limit the time that players are on the field of play in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, as a way of taking extreme precautions and limiting infections.

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