Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Aaron Judge fighting through second-half skid coming out of All-Star break

Aaron Judge fighting through second-half skid coming out of All-Star break

Just an absurd grab to rob Judge of his 31st home run of the season.

"We probably gave one away and we stole one", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

It was also 3-0 in the nightcap when Judge, the victor of the All-Star Home Run Derby, came up with a runner on first and launched one toward the 420-foot marker in center.

With a runner on and the Yankees down by three runs in the eighth inning, Judge drove a 95 miles per hour fastball from David Price to the deepest corner of Fenway. Trailing by three and with a runner on, Judge sent David Price's offering deep to center field.

"Sometimes you're not the guy getting a hit".

But after a chat with catcher Austin Romine about using more breaking pitches - specifically the slider - Chapman said: "Today we did that and it was good today..."

Thirty-four innings later, the opportunity has come and gone, and the Sox are right back where they were at the beginning of the All-Star break with the same obvious strengths and the same glaring weaknesses. The hit was Dustin Pedroia's RBI single in the sixth, which scored Betts, who three innings earlier had ended the team's scoring drought with his 17th homer of the year.

With the win, the Red Sox moved 3-1/2 games clear of both the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays atop the American League East. They've won seven times in 26 games since. In the opener, the Red Sox missed far too many scoring opportunities for a 3-0 loss to the Yankees. The veteran, however, kept the Red Sox off the board and improved to 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA.

While the Sox have not had a significant problem with runners in scoring position most of this season, wasted scoring opportunities have been a pinstriped boogeyman against NY.

Boston (52-41) salvaged a split of its four-game series with NY (47-43) after losing the first game of the doubleheader 3-0 earlier Sunday afternoon.

Michael Pineda (partial tear, right elbow ligament) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He left Saturday after pitching an inning and warming up the next. Adalberto Mejia (4-4) starts for the Twins, against RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-1).

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