Judge leads surging Yankees past sloppy Orioles 10-5

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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge hit a long three-run homer moments after Baltimore committed its fifth error of the game, and the surging New York Yankees beat the sloppy Orioles 10-5 on Thursday.

Judge hit his fifth homer two batters after shortstop Jorge Mateo committed his second error by misplaying DJ LeMahieu‘s grounder. After Tim Locastro scored on a wild pitch by Paul Fry, Judge blasted a slider into the left-center field seats.

Judge also had a tying hit and Anthony Rizzo delivered a go-ahead single during New York’s four-run fifth, when all the runs were unearned.

“Whenever you get extra outs in a baseball game, you always want to cash in on those,” Rizzo said.

Marwin Gonzalez had an RBI double, and Judge hit his single off Baltimore starter Bruce Zimmermann (1-1).

Giancarlo Stanton added an RBI single as the Yankees won their sixth straight and for the eighth time in nine games. New York also won its seventh straight home game and became the first AL team with 13 wins.

“It’s a really focused group and to see them really start to play well and get results and play well in the collective – pitching, defense, offensively, running the bases,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I feel like everything’s kind of contributed and everyone on the roster is contributing.”

The Yankees scored double-digit runs for the third time in four games. They did not score more than six runs through their first 15 games.

Judge tied it with a hard single that deflected off second baseman Rougned Odor‘s glove to center field. Judge’s hit occurred after Mateo let LeMahieu’s grounder deflect off his glove.

“We got some help today with some misplays,” Boone said.

Gonzalez’s hit came after third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez was charged with a throwing error for making a low throw to first base on a grounder by Locastro. Gonzalez also added a sacrifice fly that capped an 11-pitch plate appearance after reliever Mike Baumann was charged with a throwing error on Locastro’s comebacker.

“I just think you got to take advantage when you see that,” Locastro said. “Today everybody in the lineup was able to get a hit and we were able to score a lot of runs.”

Josh Donaldson padded the lead with an RBI single in the seventh.

Rizzo, who homered three times Tuesday, gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead by dropping a single in front of left fielder Austin Hays.

Gutierrez hit an RBI single and Trey Mancini had an RBI groundout in the third for the Orioles, who dropped their fourth straight.

Baltimore committed its most errors since also making five at Tampa Bay on Aug. 8, 2018. The Orioles also committed five errors against the Yankees in the Bronx for the first time since June 8, 1952.

“We didn’t play very good defense today and we had a tough time covering up for it offensively right now, too,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’ve got to be better.”

Hays had four hits, including an RBI double in the ninth.

Zimmermann was charged with four unearned runs and allowed five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

New York starter Jameson Taillon allowed two runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He also threw two wild pitches that set up Baltimore’s second run.

Miguel Castro (2-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. Jonathan Loaisiga stranded two in the sixth and tossed 1 1/3 innings before the Yankees pulled away.

Rookie Ronald Marinaccio allowed doubles to Hays and Odor before giving up an RBI single to Ryan McKenna in the ninth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: INF Ryan Mountcastle (stiff neck) was held out of the lineup for the second straight game and is day-to-day. … C Anthony Bemboom had his left middle finger bloodied during the second inning and got it taped up.

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks (paternity list) is expected to be activated Friday.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Baltimore did not announce a starting pitcher for the opener of a three-game series at home against Boston. LHP Rich Hill (0-1, 4.85 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.

Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (0-0, 1.15 ERA) opens a three-game series in Kansas City and opposes LHP Kris Bubic (0-1, 14.14).

Anthony Volpe, 21, wins Yankees’ starting shortstop job

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TAMPA, Fla. — Anthony Volpe grew up watching Derek Jeter star at shortstop for the New York Yankees.

Now, the 21-year-old is getting the chance to be the Yankees’ Opening Day shortstop against the San Francisco Giants.

The team announced after a 6-2 win over Toronto in spring training that Volpe had won the spot. New York manager Aaron Boone called the kid into his office to deliver the news.

“My heart was beating pretty hard,” said Volpe, rated one of baseball’s best prospects. “Incredible. I’m just so excited. It’s hard for me to even put into words.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, hitting coach Dillon Lawson and bench coach Carlos Mendoza were also present.

Volpe was able to share the news with his parents and other family members near the Yankees’ dugout and said it is something he will never forget.

“It was pretty emotional,” Volpe said. “It was just an unbelievable moment to share with them.”

Volpe, who grew up a Yankees fan, lived in Manhattan as a child before moving to New Jersey. Jeter was his favorite player.

“It’s very surreal,” Volpe said. “I’ve only ever been to games at Yankee Stadium and for the most part only watched him play there.”

Volpe is hitting .314 with three homers, five RBIs and a .417 on-base percentage in 17 Grapefruit League games. He has just 22 games of experience at Triple-A.

Spring training started with Volpe, Oswald Peraza and holdover Isiah Kiner-Falefa competing for the everyday shortstop job. Kiner-Falefa was shifted into a utility role midway through camp, and Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“While certainly the performance was there, he killed it between the lines,” Boone said of Volpe. “All the other things that we’ve been hearing about showed up. There’s an energy he plays the game with, and an instinct that he has that is evident. He really checked every box that we could have had for him. Absolutely kicked the door in and earned his opportunity.”

Volpe arrived in Florida in December to work out at the Yankees’ minor league complex.

“He’s earned the right to take that spot, and we’re excited for him and excited for us,” Cashman said. “He just dominated all sides of the ball during February and March, and that bodes well obviously for him as we move forward.”

Volpe was selected out of high school with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft from Delbarton School in New Jersey. He passed up a college commitment to Vanderbilt to sign with the Yankees.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get into the organization,” Volpe said. “This day, this feeling, this moment was kind of what I’ve worked my whole life for when I made that big decision.”

“Right now it’s crazy,” he added. “I don’t even know what lies ahead but Thursday I just want to go out and play, and have fun.”