GO YARD OR GO HOME!

Gre­go­rius, Bird & Fra­zier homer as Bombers bash Bal­ti­more again

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The Yan­kees fi­nally have reached their high-wa­ter mark for the sea­son, and they look as if they plan to con­tinue rid­ing this bur­geon­ing wave into the post­sea­son. The Bombers now are 16 games over .500 for the first time in 2017 with an­other past­ing of Buck Showal­ter’s fad­ing Ori­oles, 9-3, on Satur­day at the Sta­dium.

The Yanks (82-66) had been 15 games above the break-even mark on June 12 (3823) be­fore two months of medi­ocre play left them in dan­ger of fall­ing out of play­off con­tention.

The Yanks are 3 games be­hind Bos­ton in the AL East and 5 ahead of Min­nesota for the first wild-card spot.

Didi Gre­go­rius belted a go-ahead home run (his 23rd) for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive game and Greg Bird also went deep in sup­port of Jor­dan Mont­gomery’s big­gest start of the year as the Yanks im­proved to 11-3 in their last 14 con­tests.

Mont­gomery (8-7, 4.06) worked six shutout in­nings, match­ing the rookie lefty’s line of a half-dozen score­less frames on June 3 against Toronto.

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Didi Gre­go­rius (c.) cel­e­brates his go ahead three-run homer Satur­day — his se­cond clutch dinger in as many days — with Chase Headley and Aaron Judge as Yan­kees bash Birds once again with some help from their own Bird (Greg), who launches one into se­cond deck. Bombers are red hot but are still re­ly­ing on Bos­ton to lose in their pur­suit of AL East.

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