But Judge’s ruling after a robbery by Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. also showed fairness and impartiality. Chapman’s third straight appearance resulted in the Yanks’ second straight win – the first time they’ve won back to back games in over a month.
With the win, the Red Sox moved three games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and 3 1/2 ahead of the Yankees atop the American League East.
There are a number of other solid candidates, including another home run-robbing catch by Bradley from May …
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2) starts against Toronto’s Marcus Stroman (9-5) on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series. Slamming a 1-1 fastball off of Craig Kimbrel, who’s allowed all of four hits to right-handed hitters this season is one of those surreal moments in a season that rallies the troops.
Masahiro Tanaka (7-9) took the loss after pitching 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, seven hits and no walks while striking out nine.
Aaron Judge beat out a seventh-inning dribbler in Sunday’s doubleheader opener for an infield single, snapping an 0-for-12.
Betts’ two-out homer in the third inning snapped a stretch of 24 consecutive scoreless innings for Boston.
Garrett Cooper, who made his MLB debut for the Yankees on Friday, doubled in the fifth for his first major league hit.
The Red Sox were obviously keen on the catch.
Pedroia made it 3-0 with his RBI single in the sixth.
“He’s just missing some pitches”, Girardi said.
The ball dribbled maybe 30 feet for an infield hit with nobody on and one out.
The Red Sox stranded 10 runners and went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position in the opener.
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda was transferred to the 60-day DL while he seeks a second opinion on whether he needs Tommy John surgery.
NOTES: New York RHP Bryan Mitchell and Boston INF/OF Brock Holt were the 26th men for Sunday’s doubleheader.