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The bigger picture of Yankees’ huge doubleheader sweep

The bigger picture of Yankees’ huge doubleheader sweep


 The Yankees proved Thursday night they can win with or without Aaron Boone at the helm  Fearing his players and coaches might get tossed for blistering neophyte fill-in umpire Brennan Miller’s strike zone from the dugout in the second inning of the day’s first game, the Yankees manager got in Miller’s grill at the plate and was ejected  With their manager missing the final seven innings, the Yankees posted a 6-2 win over the Rays in the first game of a single-gate doubleheader at Yankee Stadium behind starter Domingo German and third baseman Gio Urshela’s bat  Boone made it through all nine innings of the nightcap, in which the Yankees used a four-run sixth that was highlighted by Didi Gregorius’ two-run single off Charlie Morton to take a 5-1 victory in front of 40,504  Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Luis Cessa followed opener Chad Green and combined to allow one run in 6 ²/₃ innings of relief The Yankees are 8-0 when Green starts a game.  The two wins upped the Yankees’ AL East over the second-place Rays to eight games It’s the Yankees largest cushion since July 5. The  Yankees are 12-5 against the Rays with two regular-season meetings remaining  “Just a big game and felt like some things weren’t going our way there early,’’ said Boone, who told Miller he felt “bad” for him but implored the Triple-A fill-in to improve quickly during an expletive-laden tirade in which the manager referred to his players as “f—ing savages in that f—ing box  “I felt like it needed to be known. I certainly didn’t want anyone else getting tossed We were pretty heated there.’’  Four Yankees runs in the sixth inning of Game 2 when the Yankees sent 10 hitters to the plate snapped a 1-1 tie Gregorius delivered a two-run single and Morton balked a run home with the bases loaded and Gregorius at the plate see also Another German, Urshela gem begs big Yankees question This has more to do with Domingo German and Gio  Morton, who limited the Yankees to a run and fanned 10 in 5 ²/₃ innings on July 7 in a 2-1 Rays victory in St Petersburg, Fla., exited in the sixth with the bases loaded and two outs. He gave up five runs, five hits and walked four in 5 ²/₃ innings  Andrew Kittredge replaced Morton and walked Mike Tauchman to force home Gregorius and make it 5-1  Luke Voit’s 18th home run in the fifth inning off Morton tied the score, 1-1, and ended a streak of 67 at-bats for Voit without a homer  In his eighth start of the season, Green worked in and out of trouble in the first and only inning he pitched Green loaded the bases without an out and retired the next three batters.  Cortes took over in the second and gave up a run in 3 ¹/₃ innings before Cessa inherited two runners with one on in the fifth and stranded them  Cortes had walked Tommy Pham leading off the third inning and he scored the game’s first run on Nate Lowe’s double to right

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