If Judge and Severino can fulfill their promise for the Yankees this season, New York's outlook will have improved dramatically. Porcello, who was not up to the mark in his first three appearances before pulling off a decent performance (seven innings, no earned runs) against Toronto. He struck out nine. He didn't lose consecutive starts last season. Instead, Pedroia will return a day later when the Red Sox host the Yankees.
However, the next four pitches were all balls and Judge drew a walk.
It was originally called a foul ball, but the Yankees challenged the play and won. The 6-7, 280-pound rightfielder laced a two-run homer in the second inning, banana-slicing a pitch from Rick Porcello (1-3) to rightfield.
The Red Sox have a distinct advantage here, and that's Sale on the mound.
In 2017, Sandoval is batting.213 (13-for-61) with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 games. "So, we're just going through a little bit of a stretch where base hits haven't been there".
For context, let's remember what former Miami general manager Dan Jennings once told WEEI.com when asking about the importance of an ace. It'll be his first start since he injured his knee and ankle last Friday on a controversial takeout slide by Manny Machado.
"It's never easy here, and we know that", Joe Girardi said after Aroldis Chapman almost surrendered a walk-off three-run homer to Josh Rutledge which landed foul before striking him out to end the game.
In 10 games (seven starts) against the Yankees, Sale is 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA.
The 24-year-old, who turns 25 on Wednesday, pulverized his sixth home run of the season on Saturday that traveled 457 feet. Garcia's shot came with two outs and after Royals starter Nate Karns got back-to-back groundouts following Melky Cabrera's leadoff single.
James Paxton struck out nine in seven outstanding innings, and Nelson Cruz and Guillermo Heredia homered to lift the Seattle Mariners to an 8-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Severino, a former top prospect who struggled mightily as a sophomore a year ago, has struck out 21 men against just one walk in 15 innings over his last two starts.