Empty benches as New York Yankees line Tampa Bay Rays


NEW YORK – If Aroldis Chapman’s 101 mph brush stroke on Tuesday night didn’t push the Yankees-Rays rivalry to a boiling point, the threat of Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash certainly did. .“Someone has to be held to account,” Cash said. “And the last thing I will say about that is I have a hell of a stable full of guys throwing 98 mph. Period. ”

Chapman threw a 101mph fastball close to the head of pinch hitter Michael Brosseau while closing his first stoppage of the season, prompting the benches to empty after New York ended a streak of six. defeats to the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-3 victory.

“We’re talking about a 100 mph fastball on a young man’s head,” Cash said. ” It does not mean anything. It’s bad judgment, bad training, it’s just bad teaching of what they do and what they allow, the chirping of the canoe. ”

Chapman’s first pitch to Brosseau with two outs in the ninth inning blew Brosseau’s header. The referees met before issuing warnings to both benches, and Cash was ejected after coming onto the pitch to discuss.

Chapman punched Brosseau to end it, and Brosseau started walking towards the visiting dugout before turning around to exchange words with someone about the Yankees. The shelters and benches emptied and the players gathered near the plate, but they mostly kept their distance before dispersing to their respective clubs.

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka also pierced Joey Wendle with a 95 mph fastball in the first inning, which both Cash and Wendle believed were intentional. The players from both benches also exchanged words during a game on August 9.

“As to whether there was any real intention behind Chapman’s delivery, I’m not really sure, but honestly quite frustrating,” Brosseau said. “That’s not what you want to see come off the bench, especially when we pretty much gave up on everything after Joey took the message for us and made it like a man, sort of just took it and went.” continued the day.

“But if there was an intention behind it and they want to send another message, I guess they made their point. ”

The Rays are 7-2 against the Yankees and lead second place New York by 3 1/2 games. Tensions have been running high between the clubs for years, at least since Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, now retired, was sent off for diving Jesus Sucre in 2018.

New York manager Aaron Boone played down the fuss at the start, but was deranged when told of Cash’s threat.

“That’s a pretty scary comment,” Boone said. “I don’t think that’s fair at all. But I’m not going to do it now. ”

“The comments of their coach, they went around pretty quickly in our clubhouse,” added Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu. “Obviously that’s a pretty serious threat.

“Looks like they’re going to try to throw us at us tomorrow. We will be ready. ”

Chapman started the season on the COVID-19 injured list. He had been 0 to 1 in stopping odds this season and was not made available for comment.

Gio Urshela hit a two-run brace and scored on his own thanks to several Rays errors in the sixth inning, and New York beat the Rays at Yankee Stadium for the first time this season.

Tanaka (1-1) pitched six two-runner innings in his longest outing of the season. Five days after being called out in the fifth inning after 66 shots in Atlanta, he allowed two runs and three hits and put out seven batters, a season-high.

The Yankees mounted a rally against Ryan Thompson (1-2) in the sixth to break a 2-2 draw. They took a 5-2 lead when Urshela hit a sinking liner in center field for a two-run brace, then scored thanks to a shoddy defense from the Rays.

Center fielder Kevin Kiemaier tried to take a dive but the ball went through him and towards the warning lane, allowing Luke Voit and Clint Frazier to score. Urshela took third in the relay and scored when shortstop Willy Adames knocked down wide receiver Michael Perez for a mistake.

Urshela slipped headfirst, and her right hand hit the plate before Perez could apply the label of Thompson’s throw. The call was held after the Rays contested.

Kiermaier had a two-run homer in the fifth from Tanaka and Adames had a solo shot in the seventh from Jonathan Loaisiga.

Trevor Richards of Tampa Bay allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings.


Spokes: SI Yandy Diaz (right hamstring strained) has been placed on the injured list, and Cash doesn’t think they’ll know how bad the injury will be for an extra week. … RHP Nick Anderson (forearm) is due to throw about 20 pitches in a mock game on Wednesday. … LHP Ryan Yarbrough (groin) played at 120 feet and will throw at 150 feet on Wednesday. … RHP Oliver Drake (biceps) threw 15 shots in a bullpen session and will raise on Thursday.

YANKEES: SS Gleyber Torres (left quadriceps / tight hamstrings) could start having at-bats at the alternate training site in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre in the next few days or two. … Britton and C Kyle Higashioka have been removed from the injured list. … IF Jordy Mercer has been nominated for an assignment. … RHP Miguel Yajure has opted for the alternative site. He pitched three scoreless innings in his major league debut on Monday.

NEXT: RHP Charlie Morton (1-1, 5.40 ERA) Will Return After Clearing Over Three Weeks With Inflamed Right Shoulder. Cash said he believes Morton will be limited to 40-50 locations. LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 4.44) leaves for the Yankees.


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