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Gary Sánchez has forgettable night for Yankees

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Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez would like a do-over on Monday night’s game in Tampa against the Rays. He went 1-for-5 at the plate, though he did drive in a run. He also did not show effort on some plays during the game.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Rays had Jake Bauers on second base with two outs against Luis Severino. Severino threw a 1-2 slider that Sánchez couldn’t handle. The ball skipped up the third base line. Sánchez did not go after the ball with a great deal of zeal, so Bauers kept running, rounding third base and heading home. Sánchez had to attempt an off-balance throw that was no good, allowing the Rays to break the 0-0 tie.

Severino and Sánchez were seen in the dugout after the inning in a heated discussion, but it was because Sánchez got crossed up. Severino took the blame for the cross-up, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.

In the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees were down 7-6 but threatened with the bases loaded. After Aaron Hicks grounded into a force play for the second out, Sánchez himself hit a ground ball up the middle. The Rays’ infielders were shifted, so second baseman Daniel Robertson got the ball on the shortstop side of the second base bag. Robertson flipped to shortstop Willy Adames, who attempted to get the force out at second base, but he was too late, so Hicks was safe at second base. However, Sánchez wasn’t running hard, so Adames flipped to first base for the final out of the game.

The Yankees are now 63-35, six games behind the rival Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Monday night’s loss isn’t going to go down easy in the Bronx, so Sánchez’s effort is likely going to be a hot topic of conversation in the immediate future.

It’s worth noting, though, that Sánchez came off of the disabled list to begin the second half after having been out since June 25 with a groin injury. He may still not be feeling healthy enough to run, which would explain the lack of effort on the passed ball and the game-ending ground out. If that’s the case, it’s still on Sánchez to alert the team that he’s not 100 percent. It’s also on manager Aaron Boone, the coaching staff, and the medical staff to recognize that Sánchez isn’t completely healthy and to not rush him back from the disabled list and plug him into the lineup.

There will be fallout from Monday’s loss, so we should hear plenty more tomorrow.

Twins tie team record with 8 homers in 16-7 win over Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop each hit two of Minnesota’s franchise record-tying eight home runs and the Twins hammered Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 Thursday.

C.J. Cron homered, doubled twice and singled twice for the Twins. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario also homered for Minnesota.

It was the third time in franchise history – dating to their days as the Washington Senators – and second time this season Minnesota homered eight times. Before doing it April 20 against Baltimore, the last time it happened was in 1963 against Washington.

Schoop drove in four runs and Sano three as the Twins won six of seven on their road trip that began in Seattle and wound up with their first sweep in Anaheim since 1996. Minnesota, with the best record in the majors, hit 22 homers against the Mariners and the Angels while outscoring them 67-24.

There were a total of 11 home runs in this game, which was originally set for Wednesday but postponed due to unplayable field conditions following a pregame storm.

Angels first baseman Jared Walsh, who made five relief appearances in Triple-A this season, pitched for the first time in the majors. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

The eight home runs also tied the Angels mark for most allowed. It previously happened in 2005 against Texas and 1996 vs. Oakland.

Four of the seven hits Matt Harvey (2-4) allowed in 2 2/3 innings went over the wall as the right-hander gave up eight runs for the second time this season.

Tommy La Stella hit his first grand slam in the ninth for the Angels, who have dropped four straight. David Fletcher and Brian Goodwin also homered for Los Angeles.

Minnesota broke open the game in the second inning with six runs, which included a three-run shot by Schoop and two-run drive by Polanco. Harvey was chased in the third after solo homers by Cron and Sano.

The Twins hit three home runs in the seventh to extend their lead to 14-2. Sano’s two-run shot and Schoop’s solo homer marked the sixth time the Twins had gone back-to-back this season. Kepler added a two-run drive.

Twins starter Martin Perez (7-1) went five innings and yielded two runs on five hits.

TOUGH DAY

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun came up twice with the bases loaded but was unable to get a hit. He struck out in the third and grounded into a force out to end the fifth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz (left wrist sprain) returned to Minneapolis. He is eligible to come off the injured list on Friday but manager Rocco Baldelli said they are still seeing how he is doing swinging during batting practice.

Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons (left ankle sprain) saw a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday and expects to remain in a walking boot for at least two weeks. . LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) had a bullpen session before Thursday’s game and could make his season debut Sunday.

UP NEXT

Twins: Return home and open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Jose Berrios (6-2, 3.39 ERA) has seven or more strikeouts in his last four starts.

Angels: Conclude their home stand with three games against Texas. RHP Griffin Canning (2-3, 3.80 ERA), who became the second LA starter to go seven innings last Saturday against Kansas City, gets the call on Friday.

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