Aaron Hicks had a setback in his rehab. He may be done for the year because he still can’t throw with the elbow problem.
Ouch. Got a 7 yr., $70MM extension, and has played in just 59 games this season. Just a .235 average, but 12 HR , 36 RBI and an OPS+ of 103 (average is 100).
After a very disappointing season, J.A. Happ has been very good in his last couple of outings, and just in time. If this continues into October, things look very good. Before the last couple of outings, there was no guarantee Happ would be on the postseason roster. With these last good outings, hopefully if on the postseason roster, this is what we see.
6 1/3 shutout innings. Against a good team in Boston, no less. After a good outing against another possible playoff team in Oakland last Sunday. Very good.
The Yanks (93-50) beat Boston, 5-1. With the win, the magic # for clinching the division outright is 11. The lead remains at 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay. They remain tied with Houston (but Houston has the tiebreaker) for best record in the AL.
The magic # just to make the playoffs is 9.
The Yanks got four runs in the fourth. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a single, and one out later, Didi Gregorius doubled on a ball lost in the sun by Boston RF J.D. Martinez. Gary Sanchez hit a seeing-eye ground rule double for two runs and then Edwin Encarnacion hit a long HR (32) to make it 4-0.
Encarnacion hit a RBI double in the ninth to make it 5-0, and Aroldis Chapman gave up a HR to Martinez in the bottom of the ninth. Final score, 5-1.
Sanchez 2 RBI
Encarnacion 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR (32).
Torres 2 hits.
Happ (W, 12-8, 5.10) 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2, 1 W, 7 K.
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.64
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.09
Britton (H, 29) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.09
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.35