GO YARD OR GO HOME!
Gregorius, Bird & Frazier homer as Bombers bash Baltimore again
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.
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.