Richard Bleier, Orioles bullpen handle big burden in series win over Yankees

Didi Gregorius will not start Sunday as Ronald Torreyes takes his place at shortstop

Didi Gregorius will not start Sunday as Ronald Torreyes takes his place at shortstop

Namely Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez.

Pitino, perhaps not realizing the fans were as much booing him as any of his handpicked players, if not more so, famously caterwauled that "Larry Bird is not walking through that door, fans".

After Brach walked two batters and fumbled a bunt for an error, he got Aaron Judge to ground into a rare pitcher-to-catcher-to-third double play and struck out Giancarlo Stanton for his second save. NL MVP or not, the boos are warranted after the second Platinum Sombrero. His replacement, Billy McKinney, sprains his shoulder crashing into the outfield wall two games into his big league career.

Right now, the reason for his struggles could actually be pinned on NY pressure. His first week at home: 3 for 28, fanning 16 times. He is hitting.167 and has 20 strikeouts in 42 at-bats in his first season with the Yankees.

Ronald Torreyes who will be getting much playing time with the absence of Drury and moving Neil Walker around, while also anticipating the call up of Yankees #1 prospect Gleyber Torres, has flashed some solid leather in the field while also being a productive hitter at the plate during his time this season. "I'll figure it out".

If there's anything positive to take from Stanton's first week as a Yankee, it is this: Odds are things can only get better.

Following a day off, the Yankees open a three-game series at Fenway Park tonight. The pinstripes? The Red Sox? Sale, Price, and Rick Porcello have given up a total of five runs in their first six starts. That was Stanton's second such game this season in which he struck out five times and failed to record a hit.

The bullpen responded by allowing seven runs on 18 hits, with three of those runs coming after Saturday's game was out of reach.

Though the fans have been harsh, Stanton isn't blaming them. Sunday's loss was the team's highest-rated weekend telecast on YES in six years, averaging 405,000 viewers. It's way too early in the season to freak out.

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"We'll do our scouting report on Tuesday and we'll go play baseball", Cora replied.

"Everybody goes through it", he said.

The Red Sox went 8-11 SU against the Yankees last season.

The injury-plagued Yankees will try to do that against a Red Sox team that has burst to an 8-1 start under new manager Alex Cora. He was doing well before this change with 17 homers - one every 14.6 at-bats - and a.900 OPS. He's capable of going yard in any given at-bat and hitting home runs in excess of 460 feet easily.

The Orioles arrived at Yankee Stadium this week with a five-game losing streak. The right fielder finished with three hits and three RBI.

Fellow future Hall of Famer Dave Winfield hit only one home run in his first 26 games after moving from San Diego to the Yankees in 1981. A week later, they officially ended The Curse by sweeping St. Louis to win their first World Series in 86 years.

"These guys just don't give in", Showalter said.

Aaron Boone became a permanent part of one of sports' great rivalries on October 16, 2003, when he homered off Tim Wakefield and sent the Yankees to the World Series.

ESPN Stats & Info noted it was the first time during baseball's live-ball era that a player had gone hitless with five strikeouts in multiple games in a season. Thankfully Stanton has the right mindset to get through it.

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