Andrew Benintendi hits freaky homer around Pesky Pole

New York Yankees' Gio Urshela celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday

Andrew Benintendi hits freaky homer around Pesky Pole

Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer in a seven-run first inning, then added a solo shot in the eighth as the Boston Red Sox put a historic pounding on the AL East-leading Yankees, beating NY 19-3 on Thursday night in the opener of their four-game series. Red Sox. We can tell you it's leaning under, and it also says one side of the money line has all the value.

With the July 31 trade deadline around the corner and the Yankees expected to upgrade their roster, Cashman admitted he's "fully engaged with every team except the Boston Red Sox", according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. The lefty allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings and improved to 13-4.

For Saturday's game, the Yankees will bring out starter CC Sabathia.

The Yankees are 17-5 in their last 22 in game three of a series and 40-16 in their last 56 Saturday games. He is batting.332 with 15 homers and 71 RBIs and has been a pleasant surprise to a team that's been besieged by injuries. NY is 4-1 in Sabathia's last five starts with four days' rest and 5-2 in his last seven versus the AL East. He went 4-for-6 with four runs batted in.

As for Rodriguez, he has three straight quality starts going, with three earned in 20.1 innings during that time.

NY probably won't want to pitch Tanaka against Boston in the postseason if the two teams somehow face off.

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