Sabathia pitches Yanks over Red Sox 3-0 in DH opener


In addition to leading baseball in home runs, Judge is tied with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve for with 5.1 WAR (Wins Above Replacement), sharing a lead among position players.

"I thought it had a chance", Judge told reporters after the game.

It was also 3-0 in the nightcap when Judge, the victor of the All-Star Home Run Derby, came up with a runner on first and launched one toward the 420-foot marker in center.

As for the offense, had it not been for Matt Holliday's ninth inning blast over the Green Monster, tying the game at 1-1, the Yankees would have never been able to show off their new-found resilience.

In the makeup of an April 25 postponement, the Red Sox hit just four balls out of the infield and extended their scoreless streak to 22 innings. We gave them the third run, basically.

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But after a chat with catcher Austin Romine about using more breaking pitches - specifically the slider - Chapman said: "Today we did that and it was good today... Just got to regroup and try to get them in the next inning, the next batter". They've won seven times in 26 games since.

Sabathia was initially slated to start Monday night in Minnesota but was told late Saturday he would take the ball in place of Bryan Mitchell, and he battled control issues all afternoon.

With the win, the Red Sox moved three games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and 3 1/2 ahead of the Yankees atop the American League East. A big catch to the deepest part of the ballpark preserved the shutout at that point. This will be his first time with Triple-A, as he came to the Red Sox from Double-A Portland. He had a.927 OPS in July heading into Game 1 on Sunday. He left Saturday after pitching an inning and warming up the next.

Michael Pineda (partial tear, right elbow ligament) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Bradley's showstopper helped the Red Sox salvage the series split, giving the team fresh life just hours after an offensive letdown in the doubleheader opener.