NEW YORK — With Aaron Judge‘s return to the team looming, Cameron Maybin seems like the obvious roster cut to make room for the Yankee star. Maybin isn’t going quietly, however.
For the fourth straight game, Maybin homered as New York beat Tampa Bay, 6-3, as the Bombers extended their AL East lead to 2.5 games over their counterpart. The home run also extended the Yankees’ streak to an impressive 21 straight games with a round tripper.
Edwin Encarnacion later joined the homer party, hitting his first home run as a Yankee in the bottom of the eighth, off of Andrew Kittredge. His 22nd long ball of the year keeps him atop the AL home run leaderboard.
It wasn’t just the homers tonight, though, for Aaron Boone‘s squad. DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit combined for five hits atop the Yankee order, while Gary Sanchez drove in two from the cleanup spot.
Nice little rally, and we've got the lead back 🙌 pic.twitter.com/hR5eUQY4zx
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 19, 2019
J.A. Happ was credited for the win but went just five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. Aroldis Chapman‘s 19th save of the season capped four innings of solid relief from the Yankee bullpen.
Giancarlo Stanton also made his much awaited return to the lineup, batting fifth and playing right field. He, however, went hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts.
CC Sabathia faces Blake Snell in the series finale tomorrow at 1:05 ET.
Current Yankees Record: 45-27