So transpired the New York Yankees’ sixth inning Friday night, the club’s lone turn at-bat without a baserunner in the first two games of a four-game weekend road series against the Chicago White Sox.
After outscoring the White Sox 25-11 to open the set, the Yankees will aim to keep rolling on Saturday. New York has won 17 of its past 19 and 24 of 32 to begin the season.
“It’s cumulative. It’s up and down the lineup,” Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson said. “Lots of guys are having great at-bats, hitting a lot of balls hard right now. As a lineup, as a whole, we’re tough to pitch to.”
Giancarlo Stanton has hit three home runs in the first two games of the series and homered in three straight games overall. Aaron Judge and Donaldson, meanwhile, have connected in two straight games.
The White Sox trailed 5-0 after two innings Friday night before falling 10-4.
Leadoff hitter Tim Anderson doubled to lead off the game for Chicago, but the team was unable to score. At that point, Chicago already was chasing a pair of runs, as Stanton launched a two-run home run in the top of the inning.
Chicago hopes to receive a jolt from the likely return of Andrew Vaughn, who was activated from the injured list before Friday’s game but didn’t play. Vaughn was hit by a pitch on his right hand during an April 29 loss to the Los Angeles Angels and was placed on the injured list shortly thereafter.
Vaughn’s abbreviated rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte included a two-homer game Thursday as he continues to work through a nagging bone bruise.
“When you’re hurt, you’re trying to get back as quick as possible, but you really can’t rush things,” Vaughn said. “So I took my time and got myself right.”
White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Vaughn looked good in the batting cage, and the team anticipated having him for the final two games of the series.
Montgomery (0-1, 2.90 ERA) is coming off Sunday’s no-decision against the Texas Rangers, when he scattered two runs on four hits in six innings with zero walks and five strikeouts. Control has been a strong suit for Montgomery thus far; he hasn’t walked a batter in three straight starts and has issued just five free passes in 31 innings.
In three career starts against the White Sox, Montgomery is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Keuchel (2-3, 6.86) stopped a three-start losing streak Sunday at Boston with six innings of two-run, eight-hit ball with one walk and five strikeouts. He is 4-4 with a 2.23 ERA in nine career starts against the Yankees.
The benches and bullpens slowly cleared in the bottom of the first inning Friday when Anderson took exception to the way Donaldson applied a tag at third base. Anderson shoved Donaldson after the play, but umpire Chris Guccione led the mitigation efforts as things returned to normal.
Many fans remember the punch delivered by Nia Jax (Lina Fanene) to Becky Lynch on a November 2018 edition of Raw during a segment to further promote WWE Survivor Series. It was an accident that changed the course of history as it nixed the first-ever singles match between Ronda Rousey and Lynch, a match that still hasn’t happened.
Jax and Lynch had been friends outside of the ring, but their friendship appears to be over. Jax took part in an Instagram Q&A session where the former WWE star was asked whether she was in good friendship with Lynch.
Jax replied, “Lol I don’t think she has a good friendship with anyone.”
Jax was also asked whether she will ever work for AEW or ROH. She plugged her match with CJ Perry (Lana) to crown the first-ever Women’s World Champion of Wrestling Entertainment Series (WES), a new promotion launched by The Authors of Pain, on June 4th at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England. The event will be available to stream on FITE.
Stephanie McMahon surprised many with her announcement that she would be taking a leave of absence from most of her duties with WWE on Thursday. The daughter of Vince McMahon had been reducing her involvement in WWE as of late ahead of the announcement.
McMahon has received a lot of support from those in the company following the announcement and there is not any bad blood involved as she cited spending more time with her family as the reason behind the decision.
Fightful Select reports that much of McMahon’s team that she worked with directly was dismantled during recent rounds of office layoffs. One source stated they weren’t surprised by her decision but didn’t have any reason behind it.
WWE President Nick Khan will take over most of McMahon’s duties going forward. As previously reported, Triple H has returned to work full-time for WWE after being away for many months following his medical situation last September.
After working in the company since she was a teenager, she has earned the right to take some time for herself.
WWE has pulled the official Facebook pages for Sasha Banks and Naomi after it was announced during SmackDown that they have been indefinitely suspended.
Their Facebook pages are separate from their personal accounts and are run by WWE staff. Banks’ official page had almost 3 million followers and Naomi’s page had over 1.8 million followers.
As was noted last night, WWE also pulled all of their WWE Shop merchandise, essentially cutting off all potential royalties. Banks and Naomi are still technically with the company and have not been released but both women had been in contract negotiations before walking out on Monday.
Their deals are said to be up within a couple of months so it’s possible that they may never return if things don’t get worked out between both sides. Banks was seen in Minnesota yesterday with Snoop Dogg’s son Calvin on the way to hang out at the late Prince’s house.
For those of you that missed it, here is Michael Cole announcing their indefinite suspension:
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