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An early on offensive assault from the New York Yankees saw some personal milestones for both outfielder Aaron Judge and third baseman Gio Urshela in the team’s 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox tonight, a victory which put the Yanks on a five game tear.

Judge wasted no time earning his achievement in the first inning: a four-game home run streak which started against the Baltimore Orioles and has now extended to Boston’s righty starter, Zach Godley.

Aug 1, 2020; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Zack Godley (68) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

That first run, solo shot to section 235 of the left field bleachers turned out to be the first hit of a total eight on the Sox tonight.

Molten Hot. #AllRise

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 1, 2020

Urshela’s personal earning also came at the plate, this one in a second inning, bases loaded scenario.

He sent his first ever grand slam flying into straightaway centerfield, putting Yankees up 5-0 in what turned out to be the differentiator this game.

Giodude used Slam.

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 1, 2020

It was thanks in part to catcher Gary Sanchez’s first hit of the year, a single through the gap at second which put all three ducks onto the pond.

Later in the fourth, Urshela bettered his evening even more by pulling off a crafty steal on Godley by taking second in between pitches to outfielder Brett Gardner.

After Gardner and then Judge walked to load the bases with two outs, short stop Gleyber Torres wasn’t able to keep the grand slam train a rollin’, instead he popped out to center.

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka didn’t have the most ideal start after returning to the lineup from a frightening line drive to the head over the summer.

He let up two runs off a double to shortstop Xander Bogaerts in his 2.2 innings pitched, slashing the bombers early lead to 5-2 in the third inning.

Tanaka ended with those two runs, four hits, a walk, and three strikeouts before lefty Luis Avilán took over on the rubber.

Aug 1, 2020; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (left) takes the ball from New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) after removing him from the game during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As for Avilán, his night in relief was solid letting up no hits and nabbing two K’s in 1.1 innings pitched.

The 24-year-old rookie righty Nick Nelson took over the mound in the fifth, making his major league debut in pinstripes.

He did just fine by striking out four, walking two, and letting up no hits in his three innings pitched.

First Major League strikeout comes on three pitches for @nick_nelson16 ???? Welcome to the show ????

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 2, 2020

Righty David Hale stepped in for both the eighth and ninth innings where he bent towards the end, but didn’t break.

After putting runners on the corners with two outs against Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi, Hale managed to hang on by getting a game sealing strikeout for the Yankees 5-2 victory.

He was awarded the save while Nelson picked up the win on his first major league venture.

Left fielder Mike Tauchman put up a 3 for 3 night at the plate while first baseman Luke Voit strung together two hits himself, the hitting machine known as second baseman DJ LeMahieu slowed down with an 0 for 4 night.

Both Judge and Urshela ended their nights on offense with only with the early homers to show.

The Yankees improve to 6-1 while Boston falls to 3-6 on the shortened season.

Both rivals finish the three game series that the Yankees lead 2-0 in tomorrow night, sparing the intercession of mother nature.

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Gerrit Cole wins again but Yankees lose Game 2 as Boone gets ejected

On their way to winning the World Series in 1996 the Yankees rallied around second baseman Mariano Duncan’s slogan that was printed on T-shirts.

“We play today. We win today. Das it,’’ was Duncan’s message.

Almost a quarter century later, the Yankees’ motto should be “Gerrit Cole pitches today. We win today. Das it.’’

Saturday afternoon that happened even though Cole wasn’t the winning pitcher in an 8-4 victory over the Rays in the first of two seven-inning games at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

With Yankee pitchers issuing nine walks and hitting a batter, the Rays took the nightcap, 5-3.

Left-handed hitter Mike Ford batted for Giancarlo Stanton in the sixth inning of the second game against lefty Jalen Beeks which was a strong indication there was something wrong with Stanton.

Opener Mike King walked five in 3 ²/₃ innings and Luis Avilan two in one-third of an inning. Avilan also gave up a bloop two-run single to Austin Meadows in the fourth when the Rays snapped a 1-1 tie.

In his major league debut Albert Abreu walked one, hit a batter and gave up a two-run single to Kevan Smith that extended the hosts’ lead to 5-1 in the fifth.

Gerrit Cole led the Yankees to a win in Game 1, but Aaron Boone, who was ejected in the nightcap, and the Yankees lost Game 2 on Saturday.AP (2)

Following the top of the fifth, Aaron Boone was ejected by plate umpire Vic Carapazza. The Yankees’ dugout appeared to be chirping at Rays pitchers for throwing hard up and in to Yankee hitters.

The split left the Yankees with a 10-5 record. They have lost three of four and will attempt to get out of Florida with a split of the four-game series Sunday when the struggling James Paxton (0-1, 13.50 ERA) faces Charlie Morton.

In the first game, one out away from qualifying for what would have been his 20th straight win, Cole was removed by Boone after giving up a two-run homer to Jose Martinez that cut the Yankees’ lead to 5-3. Cole needed a season-high 107 pitches to go 4 ²/₃ innings in which he gave up three runs, six hits and struck out 10. The Yankees are 4-0 in Cole’s four starts.

“Good and bad. I thought the fastball location was improved. Obviously the pitch count got up there and wasn’t able to finish the outing the way we wanted to,’’ Cole said. “But there was some kind of improvement across the board so I will try and take that.’’

Boone credited the Rays hitters for making Cole sweat even during the opening four frames when the hosts didn’t score.

“Credit to them, they made him work obviously and really drove his count up,’’ Boone said. “They were able to get a guy on base it seemed like every inning. I thought he was pretty sharp overall for not being able to get through five.’’

An RBI double by Ji-Man Choi in the fifth was followed by Martinez’s two-run homer and suddenly a 5-0 lead was reduced to a two-run cushion and led to Boone calling for Chad Green.

“A couple of mistakes at the end that cost him to get through [five]. I thought the other side at least made it tough on him when I thought he was pretty sharp,’’ said Boone, who used Adam Ottavino for the seventh to seal a win that halted a two-game losing streak, albeit briefly.

After getting beat 1-0 Friday night and not touching home plate in the previous 13 innings the Yankees knocked out gas-throwing right-hander Tyler Glasnow in the third inning on Saturday.

Boone put the left-handed hitting Ford between Aaron Judge and Stanton third in the order and he crushed a two-run homer on a fastball that traveled 437 feet. Gio Urshela added a two-run double that ended Glasnow’s day.

Stanton homered leading off the fifth and Judge’s eighth homer delivered two runs in the sixth.

“Game plan for him you have to be on the heater at all times,’’ Ford said of Glasnow, whose fastball reached 98 mph in the second inning. “Obviously he has an electric fastball and great breaking ball. For me it was stay on the heater the whole game.’’

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