Yankees manager Aaron Boone sent off for swearing rant on balls and strikes

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The New York Yankees host the Miami Marlins for the final three games of the 2020 MLB season this weekend. In the series opener on Friday night, Yankees hitter Aaron Judge was called out on a tough call to Strike Three.

Aaron Boone was sent off shortly after the questionable call. Boone got out of the canoe to chat with home plate umpire John Tumpane, and the Yankees manager took it upon himself to add some colorful language while voicing his frustrations.

In his complaints to Tumpane, Boone made sure to compliment Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara lead, but explained that on the last pitch the cursor wasn’t “that” good, to call a strike. He added a few words in between, of course. (look here).

Here’s a look at the Strike Three call on Judge, rendered on a full count:

The sixth pitch – an 87.8 mph slider – was called a shot on the 6’7 “Aaron Judge. MLB

The Marlins (29-28) are battling for a playoff berth in this year’s 16-team expanded field. Entering Friday’s game, Miami’s magic number had dropped to two. It would be the Marlins’ first playoff appearance since 2003, when they upset the Yankees in six games to win their second World Series title in franchise history.

The Yankees (32-25), meanwhile, are hoping to regain their form when they completed a 10-game winning streak Sept. 9-19. Since then, New York has lost four of its five games and has scored just two points overall in its last two games against the Toronto Blue Jays. Entering Friday, the Yankees own the fifth seed in the American League playoffs. It’s possible the Yankees will drop to eighth and final seed this weekend; they’re just two games ahead of the Blue Jays with three games to go. The Blue Jays will close their 2020 season with a three-game streak against the Baltimore Orioles.

CBS Sports has you covered with daily post-season image updates. You can check out the latest standings and playoff support here. The 2020 MLB playoffs are scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

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