Yankees pound Orioles again in the Bronx

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They totaled 38 in sweeping a three-game series June 9-11 and are up to 21 in this series after Didi Gregorius drove in four runs during Friday's 8-2 win.

"That would be an honor for me". It's equally as possible he is being held out because he is just 1-for-10 (.100) lifetime against Friday's starter for the Yankees, Luis Severino. Montgomery's best outing against Baltimore occurred June 9 in NY when he pitched seven innings of two-run ball in an 8-2 win. "Keep it silent. It's kind of working for us", Judge said. "He has been able to use his fastball in all different quadrants, opposed to past year he pitched up a lot".

Bird admits he had "not doubted, but wondered sometimes" whether he'd make it back this season; he was limited to only 60 at-bats until late August due to a lingering injury stemming from fouling a ball off his foot/ankle area at the end of spring training. The Yankees scored 24 runs and posted three one-run victories during their last four-game sweep of the Orioles.

CC Sabathia originally was slated to pitch for the Yankees, but they announced Sonny Gray will pitch Sunday while Sabathia starts Tuesday against Minnesota.

While Judge's impressive performance will grab headlines, starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's gem is just as important to the Yankees.

Gregorius gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, and then put them ahead for good in the fifth, breaking a 2-2 tie when he clubbed a backdoor slider from reliever Miguel Castro into the right-field seats for two more runs. David Robertson finished with a hitless ninth.

"As you move forward in the rest of September and October you want to be playing your best baseball, " Girardi said. "I don't think a lot of people see that".

Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer as Baltimore (72-76) lost for the eighth time in nine games since September 5 and fell to 6-11 against the Yankees. He has set career highs with 22 homers and 77 RBIs.

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The thumbs-down fan was sitting in the second row behind the visitor's dugout at Citi Field on Monday when a television camera caught him making the gesture after Frazier's three-run homer against Tampa Bay.

The pitching part of Girardi's statement is accurate as the Yankees are outscoring the Orioles 30-10 in this series, but his team's domination of the Orioles is mostly based on offense.

Errors by first baseman Chris Davis and second baseman Jonathan Schoop led to three unearned runs.

"There's a look of things you can look into", Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. Aaron Judge worked out a one-out walk against ex-Met Gabriel Ynoa (1-2).

The Yankees are in great shape to have a postseason follow their regular season.

Robertson threw a pair of wild pitches, raising the total with Gary Sanchez behind the plate this year to 49. I'll take NY to bag the sweep.

Orioles: CF Adam Jones was given the night off, sore after three games on artificial turf this week at Toronto. He will be activated Sunday.

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks, out since September 2 because of a left oblique strain, took swings without a ball and then left early because of strep throat.