Yanks top Padres, win 8th in 9 games

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NEW YORK — Yankees fans drubbed Manny Machado with the same in­ten­sity Clint Fra­zier, Brett Gard­ner and

Gary Sanchez pounded the base­ball.

The $300 mil­lion in­fielder was greeted with loud boos and chants of “Over-rated!” on Monday in his first visit to New York since free agency. Machado went 1 for 4 with a too-lit­tle, too-late lead­off dou­ble in the ninth in­ning dur­ing the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres, the eighth win in nine games for the AL East lead­ers.

“You’re in New York. I get booed ev­ery­where I go,” Machado said. “Great play­ers get booed.”

Machado struck out, popped out and hit into a dou­ble-play grounder in his first three at-bats, pleas­ing the Bleacher Crea­tures. He wouldn’t judge whether the salu­ta­tion was louder than else­where.

“How can you com­pare? A boo’s a boo,” he said dur­ing a some­times terse 31⁄2-minute postgame me­dia ses­sion.

A four-time All-Star with di­vi­sion ri­val Bal­ti­more be­fore he was dealt to the Dodgers last sum­mer, Machado was in­ter­ested in play­ing for the Bronx Bombers af­ter be­com­ing a free agent last fall and dined with Yankees of­fi­cials in De­cem­ber in hopes of be­com­ing their third base­man. New York did not bite, and Machado signed a $300 mil­lion, 10-year con­tract with the Padres in late Fe­bru­ary.

New York’s third base­men have 30 RBIs this year, four more than Machado. Yankees man­ager Aaron Boone thought the re­cep­tion was pre­dictable.

“More a trib­ute to what a good player Manny is,” he said.

San Diego be­came the last op­pos­ing team to play at new Yan­kee Sta­dium, which opened in 2009, and quickly gained first­hand knowl­edge of its homer-friendly di­men­sions

Matt Strahm (2-4) struck out a ca­reer-high 10 in six in­nings, but wasted a 2-0 lead in the Yankees’ three­run sec­ond.

Fra­zier cut it to 2-1 with his 10th homer, a no-doubt drive over the left-field score­board. Gio Ur­shela walked and Gard­ner hit a 352-foot fly over the right field short porch for a 3-2 lead, lead­ing Strahm to slam his glove against a thigh in anger. Sanchez added his

16th homer off Craig Stam­men in a two-run eighth, an opposite-field shot mea­sured at 353 feet over the short porch.

“I think ev­ery­body kind of knows Yan­kee Sta­dium, how short right field is,” Machado said. “You def­i­nitely saw that to­day with Gary. That was what, 300 feet?”

Short on start­ing pitch­ing with Luis Sev­erino, James Pax­ton and CC Sa­bathia on the in­jured list, New York used Chad Green as an opener for the third time, and he struck out the side in a per­fect first as Machado swung un­der a slider.

“That’s over­pow­er­ing, dom­i­nat­ing Greeny when he’s at his best,” Boone said. “He set the tone.”

David Hale (1-0) al­lowed RBI dou­bles by Josh Nay­lor and Austin Hedges in the sec­ond, then started pitch­ing more quickly and re­tired his last 10 bat­ters for his first win since Septem­ber 2015 with Colorado.

Adam Ot­tavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Brit­ton and Aroldis Chap­man fol­lowed with an in­ning each, com­bin­ing for three-hit re­lief in a six-hitter. Chap­man got his

15th save in 16 chances. “It’s bor­der­line text­book, six, seven, eight, nine, what they’re go­ing to,” Padres man­ager Andy Green said.

San Diego lost its sec­ond straight fol­low­ing a fiveg­ame win­ning streak. At 27 the old­est starter in a young ro­ta­tion, Strahm en­tered with eight straight out­ings al­low­ing two runs or fewer. He gave up four hits and three walks.

SLUG­GING

Fra­zier has four homers and 10 RBIs in seven games af­ter get­ting one RBI in his first 10 games fol­low­ing missed time with a sprained an­kle. He made a me­chan­i­cal ad­just­ment af­ter see­ing a fan video posted on In­sta­gram by koid24 on In­sta­gram of an at-bat against Bos­ton’s Heath Hem­bree on April 17, even though Fra­zier took a called third strike.

“Just the swivel of my hand, If you see the cir­cu­lar move­ment that I’m re­peat­ing in the box. I’m try­ing to have that as done as early as I can be­fore the pitcher comes at me. It helps my pitch recog­ni­tion some­how,” he said. “Kind of just like a ‘dig-me’ video that I saw.”

STREAK­ING

New York is try­ing to win nine straight se­ries for the first time since 1998. San Diego has lost six straight games in the Bronx dat­ing to 2004.

SEATS

A crowd of 46,254 was just New York’s sec­ond home sell­out.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Af­ter go­ing 2 for 7 with a home run in two games for Class A Tampa, SS Didi Gre­go­rius is set to move to Triple-A Scran­ton/ Wilkes-Barre on Tues­day as he nears a re­turn from Tommy John surgery. … Pax­ton (left knee in­flam­ma­tion) was cleared to pitch and could start Wed­nes­day or Thursday in his first ap­pear­ance since May 3. … Sa­bathia (fluid drained from right knee) could start Sun­day’s se­ries fi­nale against Bos­ton. … Sev­erino (right ro­ta­tor cuff in­flam­ma­tion, strained lat mus­cle) planned to throw off flat ground Tues­day for the first time since April 6. … RHP Dellin Be­tances (right shoul­der im­pinge­ment) threw off a mound for the first time since March 17, a 20-fast­ball bullpen ses­sion.

UP NEXT

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-3) has al­lowed one run or none in three straight starts go­ing into Tues­day’s out­ing for the Yankees against San Diego LHP Eric Lauer (3-4).

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Gary Sanchez of the Yankees hits an eighth-in­ning home run against the Padres dur­ing Monday’s game in New York.

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