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Yankees launder Red Sox, take 5-1 home opener win

Jul 31, 2020; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is greeted by designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball’s greatest rivalry returned to the Bronx tonight for what was likely the most silent faceoff the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have ever experienced.

That unusual quiet only made the game defining home runs hit by outfielders Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, and  third baseman Gia Urshela all the louder in the Yankees 5-1 victory this evening.

Boston got on the board first when first baseman Michael Chavis got the best of Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery early on, sending a deep solo shot into to left in the top of the third inning.

That lead was short lived as Judge, who served as last night’s Yankee hero put a two-run shot into the stadium’s right field seats – the homer coming against Sox righty starter Ryan Weber in the bottom of the third.

The Judgian blast also marked number 99’s third straight game with a homer, his prior two coming against Yankees back to back wins over the Baltimore Orioles.

Soon after, the Yankee lead was extended to 3-1 after Urshela sent a solo shot to right field in the bottom half of the fourth.

Montgomery, who was called over from the team’s alternate site had pitched a solid 5.2 innings on the night, allowing just the solo home run, five hits, and striking out four before turning over the rubber to righty Chad Green.

Tonight was his first win in 833 days.

Jul 31, 2020; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Green held his own on the mound for two innings with four strikeouts, setting up fellow righty Adam Ottavino to successfully get the third out in the eighth.

In bottom of the eighth, Brett Gardner came to the plate seeking his first hit on the season after 12 prior at bats.

He threw off the saddle by blasting a two run homer into the right field upper decks, extending the Yankees lead to 5-1 late in the game.

The right handed Jonathan Holder was called in to close out the ninth inning for the bombers, where he struck out one of four batters faced.

Urshela finished the night 2-4 with his homer and a single while Judge wrapped up his evening at the plate with only the two run dent.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu put up a three hit performance, adding to his nine hit total on the year.

Ahead of tonight’s game, the Yankees announced that righty pitcher Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right ulnar collateral ligament injury.

The Yankees also had a bit of a heartwarming homecoming ahead of the home opener when the recently retired CC Sabathia threw out the night’s first pitch to Gerrit Cole.

Jul 31, 2020; Bronx, New York, USA; The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees stand during the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees radio color commentator Suzyn Waldman belted out a phenomenal rendition of the Star Spangled Banner as well. 

Just before 7 p.m. the Yankees also put on a touching tribute to the city’s healthcare workers for all that they’ve done in the fight against COVID-19.

The Yanks improve to 5-1 on the year while the Sox drop to 3-5, the two teams meet again tomorrow in the Bronx at 7:07 p.m.

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