Fired-up Yanks rally for win after Boone tossed

September 1st, 2018

NEW YORK -- Hours before the Yankees took the field on Friday, Aaron Boone's measured tone reverberated in the clubhouse, reminding his players that they comprise one of the league's best rosters despite a recent spate of injuries. Those friendly intonations did not generate a hit through 17 at-bats, so the rookie manager shifted to a new tack.

With umpire Nic Lentz playing a supporting role by ejecting Boone for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning, the Yankees rallied behind their skipper's fiery exhibition of pitch-framing techniques. , and homered in a four-run sixth, and delivered a go-ahead knock in the eighth, powering a wild 7-5 victory over the Tigers at Yankee Stadium.

"I kind of thought it was funny," Hicks said. "That was kind of what we needed. We know how good we are. That's pretty much what it comes down to. We know we're a good team, and we need to win ballgames to assure our spot. We just keep pushing. That's the way we're built."

Boone was ejected during Torres' at-bat in the fifth inning, brushing caps with Lentz before squatting behind home plate to demonstrate the strike zone. The Yankees trailed by three runs at the time, smarting from Niko Goodrum's homer and 's two-run triple off in the top half of the frame. Boone couldn't contain his ire any longer.

"I just had some issue with the zone on a couple of key pitches that I felt were missed, and I took exception to it," Boone said. "I guess he had heard enough."

Gardner sparked the rally by celebrating his own bobblehead night with a two-run homer to right field, simultaneously breaking up 's no-hit and shutout bids. Hicks and Andujar went back-to-back off Zimmermann later in the inning, with each player slugging his 23rd homer.

Detroit answered with a pair of hits off in the seventh inning, and greeted Zach Britton with a pinch-hit RBI single that tied the score. lifted a sacrifice fly off Britton in the eighth that restored the Tigers' lead, but not for long.

Gardner opened the eighth with a double, and Hicks worked a one-out walk off in a frame that would also feature a managerial ejection, as Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire argued what he believed to be a swinging strike on .

First-base umpire Paul Nauert ruled that Voit checked his swing, and Voit drew a walk to load the bases. Torres made Detroit pay with a two-run knock to left field off Alex Wilson.

Cooling his heels in the video room, Boone cheered; his players agreed that the right buttons had been pushed.

"He protects all the guys, for sure," Torres said. "In that moment, he's the manager. He does the job. We feel proud for that. After that [ejection], we were a little more excited. We played to win, and we did."


Voit's nine-pitch battle against Jimenez was a key point of the eighth inning, as Voit fought to foul off four pitches and sat on the final two sliders, including the disputed check swing. The crowd roared as Gardenhire earned his 77th career ejection, stomping toward Nauert at first base. While there, Gardenhire asked Voit if he had swung.

"[The umpire] said I didn't, so I didn't swing," Voit said. "I just started laughing. He was getting a kick out of it. He's old school. He's trying to have fun. He's trying to help his players and have his players' back."

"He looks like a country boy," Gardenhire said of Voit. "I was a little frustrated and said, 'Did you swing?' And he just [shakes his head 'No']. You've got to have those moments out there. I was frustrated and ... my wife's watching this game, and I don't want her to see the angry side of me. But he did have a big smile on his face."


Severino struck out 10 over six innings of three-run, six-hit ball, without a walk. His 199 strikeouts are the fourth-most by a Yankee through the club's first 135 games of the season, trailing David Cone (215 in 1997), Ron Guidry (215 in 1978) and (201 in 2011).


"I hadn't stretched yet tonight, so I wanted to make sure I was good and loose. I guess I was giving my kids something to make fun of me about." -- Boone, on his crouch behind the plate


is expected to make his debut and will be activated from the disabled list on a busy Saturday for the Yankees, who host the Tigers at 4:05 p.m. ET. (9-5, 3.97 ERA) is scheduled to start opposite (0-2, 5.87 ERA).