Bad news on Mike Tauchman. The calf injury is 6 to 8 weeks. Which means, at this date, out for the season.
The Yanks could sure use Giancarlo Stanton back right now, and to play the OF, not DH. Stanton in LF enables Luke Voit or Edwin Encarnacion to DH and also gives the Yanks their best defensive infield of D.J. LeMahieu at 1B, Gleyber Torres at 2B, Didi Gregorius at SS and Gio Urshela at 3B. If you want to sit Didi, Gleyber goes to SS. If you want to play LaMahieu at 3B and sit Urshela and play Voit or Encarnacion at 1B and the other at DH, Boone could do that. Stanton in LF gives manager Aaron Boone more flexibility elsewhere. So Stanton would need to come back, and also to play LF.
With Tauchman out, Cameron Maybin played LF tonight. You could go with Clint Frazier there, but then Frazier leaves at the end of the game, replaced by Maybin for defensive purposes.
As of now, backups are Tyler Wade and Breyvic Valera, and that isn’t ideal.
James Paxton has been great lately, and that continued tonight with 6 2/3 shutout innings.
With the 5-0 win, the Yanks (95-50) officially eliminated Boston from any chance of winning the AL East (Boston’s only hope and it is very slim one, is the wild card—and they need a miracle for that), and lowered their magic # over Tampa Bay for winning the AL East to 9. They have a 9 game lead with 17 games to go. The magic # to get into the playoffs is down to 7. They remain tied with Houston (Houston has the tiebreaker) for best record in the majors and both are two games ahead of the Dodgers.
The Yankees took 14 of 19 from Boston this season.
Austin Romine got the scoring started with his 7th HR of the season, a solo shot in the fifth.
In the seventh, Gio Urshela hit his 19th HR of the season leading off the inning to make it 2-0. After an out, Romine doubled, went to third on a WP and scored on a single by LeMahieu. Aaron Judge doubled LeMahieu to third, and D.J. scored on a SF by Torres. 4-0.
In the ninth, Romine walked, and one out later, Judge walked. Gleyber Torres’ single loaded the bases, and after another out, Luke Voit singled to make it 5-0.
Judge 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (19)
Romine 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (7)
Paxton (W, 13-6, 3.96) 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Britton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08
Gearrin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.01
Lyons 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.71