Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer in the fourth to snap the Yankees' tie with the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the most in a single season in major league history. The Red Sox clinched the division title long ago, and the only thing left to decide this weekend was for the Yankees to wrap up home field for the wild-card game, which they did Friday night with an 11-5 victory.
The Yankees slugger blasted a solo homer over the wall at Fenway Park while visiting the Red Sox, where a fan in a black t-shirt snagged it.
The multidimensional quality of the team's power is perhaps best personified by Luke Voit, a late-season addition who has hit 13 home runs in his first 38 games for the Yankees, after hitting only five for St. Louis in 70 games over the last two seasons.
Stanton pushed the homer record to 266 with a drive to left field, then got a surprise.
Intentional or not, it's no secret Red Sox fans don't like the Yankees and vice versa.
The home run record wasn't the only one to fall.
Happ's success since joining the Yankees makes him a candidate to start the wild-card game.
Over his last two starts, Eovaldi has pitched 11 innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out 15. But by his own home run ball?
"I loved the way we fought", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
The Yankees have 99 wins, the third most in baseball, trailing only Boston and Houston.
Aaron Judge's first home run since returning from the disabled list was a significant one.
Cora would not say Wednesday who the final picks for the bullpen would be. His 27 home runs are two shy of tying DiMaggio for second-most all-time among Yankees rookies (Aaron Judge's 52 previous year are the record), and if he were to tie DiMaggio on Sunday, he would do so with the Yankees' 25th individual multi-homer game of the season. The Yankees said it was not injury-related and only to give Stanton some rest. The Red Sox have no clear setup option ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel, with journeyman Ryan Brasier and the inconsistent Matt Barnes most often getting the call. In the only postseason appearance of his career, Rodriguez relieved in an 8-2 loss at Houston in Game 2 of the ALDS past year, and he didn't retire a batter. Andujar finished the regular season with 47 doubles.
'I wouldn't have thought it got to me that fast with a fan throwing it, ' Stanton said.
The ball was quickly retrieved within the bullpen and given to the Yankees, who also recovered their 264th home run ball on Friday night. It also accomplished that in 1903 and 2013, winning the World Series in both years. The Yankees topped them on Saturday. The Boston offense has compiled a.268 batting average as a team this season, Mookie Betts leads the team with a mark of.346.