The Eagles opened their rookie minicamp on Friday, but before his new players took the field, head coach Doug Pederson pumped the brakes on the comeback of starting quarterback Carson Wentz.
He’s not cleared, Pederson said. He’s not cleared to do anything.
Aaron Judge, who had crushed a three-run homer in the fifth, walked with the bases loaded in a full count against reliever Lou Trevino, scoring Andujar. That cut Oakland’s lead to 6-5.
But Gregorius, who won AL Player of the Month, remember, extended hit hitless streak to an astonishing 28 at-bats with a fly to right field too shallow to score Austin Romine from third base.
Then Giancarlo Stanton popped out to shallow center and the threat was dead.
Judge’s three-run blast in the fifth also gave the Yankees a bit of hope. Miguel Andujar reached via error to start the frame and Brett Gardner eventually walked. Then Judge cracked shot off A’s starter Kendall Graveman to the seats in right-center field, a no-doubter for his 10th homer of the season, tying him for the team lead with Gregorius.
Top prospect Gleyber Torres put the Yankees on the scoreboard with a solo shot in third inning, the third of his career.
Speaking recently on the NFL Network, Wentz said he plans on playing in Week 1, when the Eagles open their season at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
Gray, even with his personal catcher Austin Romine behind the plate, got thrashed. The right-hander, facing the team that traded him in July for the first time, gave up five runs, two home runs and walked a trio. His nine hits allowed were a season-high.
Gregorius went 0-for-4 and came up small in a huge moment.
David Robertson coughed up a three-run double to Marcus Semien to put the game out of reach for the Yankees and send fans out early to the parking lot.
Maybe the home run. Maybe the big inning, he said. I mean, that’s the golden question here, isn’t it.
But Pedrique was excited for his own team, too.