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Mateo And Judge Help Lead Yanks Over Red Sox

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry was in full swing on Saturday afternoon as the AL East Division rivals met for the first time this spring at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The Yankees went with a different pitcher every inning method while the Red Sox sent knuckle-baller Steven Wright to the mound. The Red Sox took an early 1-0 lead in the first which started with a lead off triple by Mookie Betts and then a RBI single by Brock Holt.

But, it was the Yankees top prospects who would help lead them to the victory over the Sox. Twenty-year old shortstop Jorge Mateo hit a solo homerun in the third  on a fly ball off of Wright to tie the game at 1.  It was then consecutive hits by Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez to put runners on base for Mark Teixeira who would hit a RBI single to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

With a two run lead going into the sixth, Rob Refsnyder hit a leadoff single off of Marco Hernandez  and was followed by another single by Ronald Torreyes. Aaron Judge who had previously entered the game, stepped up to the plate and hit a three run blast to the right field deck to put the Yanks up 6-1.

Needless to say the “Baby Bombers” were an integral part in the Yankees 6-4 victory over the Red Sox, even if it is just the start of Spring Training play. But, with names like Mateo, Judge and Refsnyder all top prospects in the organization, making plays it shows that the idea of not moving them during trade talks this offseason was the right plan.


Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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