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Yankees Show Off Their Depth, Beating the Orioles Once Again

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The red-hot Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez did not enter the game until the ninth inning, but the first-place Yankees still managed to walk away with a win.
BALTIMORE — Aaron Boone used all the self-discipline he could muster in making out the lineup on Thursday at Camden Yards, where the Yankees were on the doorstep of a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. It would have been easy to pencil in the club’s hottest hitters — Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez — and further demoralize the American League East.
No one would have faulted Boone for going to the whip, even during this stretch of 17 consecutive games without a day off. His Yankees, after all, are baseball’s hottest team and continue to put distance between themselves and the Tampa Bay Rays. What manager dares to pull the plug on a hot streak?
But Boone, taking the long view, opted for prudence. He kept both Torres and Sanchez out of the starting lineup — and still won. The 6-5 victory over Baltimore was the Yankees’ ninth in 10 games and boosted their record to 24-7 since April 19, the best in the majors. When Boone says “we’re playing really well” he’s sending a chilling message to the rest of the American League: the Yankees are rolling with a cast of The Expendables.
Think of it: without Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton or Didi Gregorius, and saving Torres and Sanchez until the ninth inning as pinch-hitters, the Yankees used the series finale as an advertisement of their depth. They erased an early 1-0 deficit on Clint Frazier’s solo homer in the fifth inning, took the lead on Gio Urshela’s two-run single in the sixth and made it 4-1 on Austin Romine’s run-scoring single in the seventh.
[Keeping Score: Beating up the Orioles is a bit of a tradition for young Yankees hitters.

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