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The Yankees were in action Friday afternoon, taking on the Boston Red Sox in Grapefruit League action.
Aaron Boone made all the headlines Friday by batting Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot. Much of the commentary seems to be between the analytics people and the old school people.
It will be interesting to see if Boone continues to have Judge lead off, and whether this becomes a storyline all season.
Most of the Yankees’ 2018 Opening Day players were in the lineup, but they only managed to scrape together five hits all game.
Brett Gardner was the only Yankee with more than one hit, going 2 for 3 with two singles.
The Yankee regulars were unable to figure out opposing starter Brian Johnson. Johnson allowed only 2 hits in 4.2 innings, while striking out 5 and walking 1.
The best scoring chance of the game for the Yankees came in the 5th inning.
Brandon Drury reached base after being hit in the elbow by a pitch from Johnson and would later be replaced by pinch-runner Angel Anguilar.
Neil Walker followed Drury with a ground rule double, ending Johnson’s day.
Robby Scott replaced Johnson in the 5th to face Brett Gardner with Neil Walker and Anguilar in scoring position. However, Gardner grounded out, ending the threat.
Justin Haley pitched the final four frames for the Red Sox, striking out four, walking one and giving up three hits.
The Yankees will play split squad games against the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays this Saturday afternoon.