Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia homered to back run-starved starter Jose Quintana and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep.
On the day he turned 25 years old, in his first at-bat at Fenway Park, the Yankees' huge rookie crushed a homer to give his team a 2-0 lead over the Red Sox in the second inning of Wednesday's game. Sale has easily been the front-runner in the Cy Young race so far after allowing a total of only three runs through his first four starts for a spectacular 0.91 ERA, yet his record stands at 1-1 because his offense has only provided him an average of 2.50 runs per start.
Greg Bird, who was in a 5-for-50 skid to start the season, including 1 for his last 22, lasered a single off the wall in left in the sixth to make it 3-0.
Judge's heroics were supplemented by a strong start from Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (2-1), who limited the Red Sox to three hits in seven scoreless innings while striking out six. Dellin Betances pitched an easy eighth.
"I really didn't feel too much", Judge said of landing on an empty seat.
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"It's pretty awesome", Judge said. "He put a good swing on it".
The series became known as the "Boston Massacre", as the Yankees swept all four games by a combined score of 42-9. "I was making good pitches, I wasn't thinking about leftfield or the Green Monster". Alex Cobb (1-2, 4.88) is up for the Rays.
Pedroia has notably spent his entire 12-year big league career as a member of the Red Sox. Pedroia was injured on a controversial slide by Baltimore 3B Manny Machado on Friday. The manager also said that "the symptoms that caused the onset of the vertigo, seemed to have cleared up" for utility infielder Brock Holt.
Most significantly, the Yankees have been powered, literally, by 25-year-old Giancarlo Stanton clone Aaron Judge. After recently missing three games due to a leg injury, the starting second baseman will return to his post on the right side of the infield while batting leadoff for the Red Sox. He won his last two starts, going a season-high seven innings while giving up just one run in the last one. Boston ace Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91 ERA) will face Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 6.00).
The Yankees opened the scoring in the second inning.