Red Sox activate Jackie Bradley Jr from DL

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Red Sox activate Jackie Bradley Jr from DL

It is what it is.

"He pitches with such conviction and you see it in his body language, you see it in his attack plan", Farrell said. It makes you want to beat them.

"It doesn't matter who's bunting or who I'm playing", he said, adding that his anger on the topic is universal.

The Yankees have won two of three in the series so far, holding Boston to 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position. When the inning ended, Sabathia shouted toward the Boston dugout.

"I've never met him", he said.

"Swing the bat", the veteran pitcher said. Bunting is part of the game. That's not my problem. If my son bunts on me, I'm going to cuss him out.

Sidelined since August 4 due to a strained lower back, Holliday's 17th homer of the year was his first since a ninth-inning, game-tying shot off Craig Kimbrel - on July 15 at Fenway Park - led to a spirit-lifting, 16-inning Yankees win.

NY maintained a tenuous hold on the league's top wild card.

With two outs in the fifth, Benintendi hit Gray's first offering into the right field seats for his 19th home run.

Using a sharp slider, Sabathia struck out six.

"He's back on track and throwing the ball really well, " Girardi said of Tanaka (11-10), who is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts since coming off the 10-day disabled list - a stint due to arm fatigue. "This is nothing new, and I think a lot of people know that". I think it's who he is. In his last three starts, he has a 1.57 ERA.

"The veteran presence that he has, a guy that doesn't take anything for granted", Boston manager John Farrell said.

With starting second baseman Dustin Pedroia making his return to the lineup Friday, the call-up of Lin gives Boston additional depth in the middle infield.

Masahiro Tanaka went seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits.

United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, born in the Bronx, was among the crowd of 43,309.

No word yet from Major League Baseball on the appeals by Yankees catchers Gary Sanchez (four games) and Austin Romine (two games) of their suspensions from recent brawls in Detroit.

Most of the time Holliday was on the disabled list, first with a mysterious virus issue and then with a strained back, and when healthy the 37-year-old wasn't hitting a lick.

Ramirez connected in the seventh for his 22nd homer and third in four games. Both appealed, keeping them eligible to play until the process is completed. "We'll build it out to nine innings and monitor it from there". RHP Matt Barnes (lower back strain) also is on target to be reinstated from the DL on Friday.

Could Yankees' top pitching prospect end up in bullpen? "He's got a clear understanding of what he's trying to do on the mound".

"Hanley's in that stretch where he makes such an impact on our offense as a whole", Farrell said. LHP Robbie Ross Jr. had back surgery Wednesday and is expected to be ready for next season.

Now this is the kind of offense performance the Yankees were looking for over the Holliday Weekend.

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