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Yankees observing grim actuality after ugly loss to rival Purple Sox

The Yankees entered Friday night time in third place within the AL East.

Solely a loss by the Blue Jays saved them out of fourth.

With an offense that was largely shut down but once more, the Yankees misplaced their first recreation of the season with the Purple Sox, 5-2, in entrance of a season-high crowd of 18,040 in The Bronx.

Michael King allowed a three-run homer to Rafael Devers within the high of the primary and the Yankees’ offense didn’t produce a run till the sixth, once they have been trailing by 5 runs.

The most recent loss left the Yankees behind each the front-running Rays and the resurgent Purple Sox.

“You by no means wish to be right here,’’ Aaron Decide mentioned earlier than the sport. “Going into [the season], you count on to be in first. We haven’t been doing that. It’s nonetheless a protracted season. … Numerous issues can occur; numerous issues can change.”

Thus far, they haven’t. The offense has been largely dormant all through the primary third of the season and the pitching has been unable to select up the staff within the interim.

Aaron Boone takes out starter Michael King in the course of the Yankees’ loss to the Purple Sox on Friday.
Robert Sabo

And Tampa Bay and Boston are proving to be robust foes as soon as once more.

“That is the hardest division in baseball,’’ Decide mentioned. “I’ve recognized that since I first got here up in 2016.”

The Purple Sox tattooed King within the high of the primary, with Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts lining singles earlier than Devers belted a two-out, three-run shot into the second deck in proper on an 0-2 fastball left over the plate.

The Yankees threatened towards ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi within the backside of the inning, as DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton opened with singles. However Decide grounded right into a double play and Gio Urshela lined out to middle.

King settled down after the primary inning and struck out the facet on 9 pitches within the fourth, simply the seventh time that’s occurred in Yankees historical past.

Eovaldi went on to retire 9 straight earlier than the Yankees received a pair of singles within the fourth.

King was pulled for Lucas Luetge with Devers arising with one out within the sixth. Luetge received Devers to fly to middle, however Hunter Renfroe singled and Marwin Gonzalez doubled down the left-field line, driving in two extra runs to offer the Purple Sox a 5-0 lead.

The Yankees’ offense lastly confirmed up within the backside of the sixth towards Eovaldi.

A single by LeMahieu was erased by a Stanton double play, the Yankees’ main league-worst 54th of the season. However Decide homered to proper to get the Yankees on the board.

Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres adopted with back-to-back singles to left. The Purple Sox caught with Eovaldi and he received Rougned Odor to hit a grounder to the correct facet of the infield. Gonzalez went to his proper to attempt to make the play, however the ball bounced off his glove and away from him. He compounded the error by getting the ball and firing wildly to first, giving Eovaldi no likelihood to make the play. Urshela scored and Torres went to 3rd, because the Yankees received to inside 5-2.

The rally ended there, although, when Clint Frazier flied to middle.

The loss snapped the Yankees’ 11-game residence profitable streak towards Boston — and got here after the Yankees received 9 of 10 conferences between the groups in final 12 months’s shortened season.

The Yankees’ poor fundamentals additionally continued. Brett Gardner lazily went after Gonzalez’s hit to middle, permitting the Boston first baseman to get to second for a double within the ninth.

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