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Aaron Boone receives one-game suspension


Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended for one game following Friday’s altercation with home plate umpire Nic Lentz. During the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 7-5 win over the Tigers, Boone emerged from the dugout to protest a called strike against Gleyber Torres and went toe-to-toe with Lentz, getting close enough that the brim of his cap brushed against the umpire and technically violated the league’s no-contact rule.

Still animated, Boone then crouched behind home plate and pantomimed catching balls in the strike zone, after which he received a swift ejection. After the game, however, MLB chief operating officer Joe Torre revealed that it was the former offense that warranted the one-game suspension and undisclosed fine.

Torres finished out the at-bat with a swinging strikeout against the Tigers’ Jordan Zimmerman, who carried his no-hitter into the sixth before losing it on a Brett Gardner two-run homer. The Yankees eventually wrapped up the win after rallying to take a one-run lead in the sixth and boosting their advantage with another three-run spread in the eighth.

This is the third ejection of the season for both Lentz and Boone, the latter of whom was previously tossed after arguing balls and strikes during two games in May and July. He was temporarily replaced by bench coach Josh Bard during Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers and is expected to resume his post in the dugout when the Yankees kick off a nine-game road trip on Monday.

Report: Yankees acquire Edwin Encarnación from Mariners

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The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.

Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.

Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.