NY homered four times Friday night in an 11-6 win over the Red Sox, which evened the Yankees with the 1997 Mariners ' total set by a lineup that included Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez. With some pressure off going into the season, the 26-year-old shortstop has really settled into his own in finally becoming the player everyone associated with the Red Sox organization knew and hoped he would have.
Lance Lynn pitches for the Yankees, who haven't won 100 games since winning the World Series in 2009, against former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, who has pitched his way into the postseason starting rotation for Boston.
On Dec. 11, the day the Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton, a home run record was immediately in jeopardy.
But it wouldn't be Boston if people weren't complaining about the Red Sox.
The home run record wasn't the only one to fall. The Red Sox jumped to leads of 4-0 after one inning, 7-0 after two and emptied the bench as planned over the next seven. Hicks hit a three-run shot in New York's six-run fourth.
"It happens all the time at our stadium", Stanton said.
Another superb rookie, Miguel Andujar also set a new franchise record as he climbed over Joe DiMaggio for most doubles by a Yankee rookie (44 in 1936).
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Right fielder Aaron Judge believes Yankees fans make having home-field advantage matter.
"In the past couple weeks, what he's been doing for us has been huge", Judge said about Voit. When I got the job that's something that I learned from them, from the Astros. Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit and Aaron Judge smashed solo home runs and Aaron Hicks blasted a three-run home run.
The New York Yankees game at Fenway Park on Saturday night was supposed to be meaningless. The Yankees said it was not injury-related and only to give Stanton some rest.
Miguel Andujar also set a club record with his 45th double, the most by a NY rookie since Joe DiMaggio set the previous mark with 44 in 1936.
The offense was potent, led by AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts, who is the first AL player since Mickey Mantle to lead the majors in both batting average and extra-base hits.
The Red Sox are counting on Eduardo Rodriguez to help out in relief during the postseason.
The ball was quickly retrieved within the bullpen and given to the Yankees, who also recovered their 264th home run ball on Friday night. It was the only team in baseball to go all season without losing four straight. In the only postseason appearance of his career, Rodriguez relieved in an 8-2 loss at Houston in Game 2 of the ALDS previous year, and he didn't retire a batter. In June, when the team was still struggling, the A's were as high as 250-1 to win the World Series.