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Hicks on bench after LF blunder as Yankees lead narrows

Hicks in LF as Yanks” on the bench after a turnover; lead shrink

NEW YORK — On a clear night, the Yankees paid tribute to one of their most beloved players, before throwing a pitch , the atmosphere became stormy. Derek Jeter was surprised to hear the boos as he thanked Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner and General Manager Brian Cashman.

Jeter later explained that he believed “Yankees fans Booed because they wanted to win,” noting that the team’s expectation was to strive for excellence. There will be more jeers from the Bronx, aimed at outfielder Aaron Hicks, who was eliminated after a defensive error in Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

“I am here Was benched during the game,” Hicks said. “It’s tough, especially when you just want to produce for your team.”

The Yankees’ lead in the AL East has dropped to 3 1/2 games in Tampa Bay, their smallest in the division since May 9, when they led Three games for the Blue Jays.

For Hicks, this is a Miserable season, he came this spring with a sunny declaration that he would hit home run and steal 04 base, Statistics target, which he later admitted was an overkill.

The lowest point may be in the fourth game because Hicks threw a Wander Franco fly ball near the left field line and timed out, thinking he was touching the ball in foul range.

Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Díaz circled as Hicks threw the ball back into the infield Hit base, with a shocked look on his face as he retreated to his spot. Next batsman Randy Arozarena slides Frankie Montas’ slider over Hicks for double , the fan protests intensified.

“I just feel like I need to get him out of there,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s just a decision I made.”

This history Parallelism is inevitable. Pulling out a veteran early on against division rivals echoed another Yankees manager, Billy Martin, who moved outfielder Reggie Jackson from June 70 game at Fenway Park because it didn’t feel like trying hard enough.

Boone chose his remarks carefully after the game and repeatedly Pointing out that Hicks’ ouster was “not a punishment.” Boone also said that when the fifth inning started, the crowd’s reaction “was considered to be the reason for my decision” to trot Esteban Florial to left field in Hicks’ place.

” It’s having an impact, ‘ Boone said of the boos. “I just felt like I needed to do this. He was very upset and frustrated.”
Hicks said: “I don’t know how I missed [Franco’s ball]. It was in my glove and all of a sudden, it came out of my glove. Next thing you know, running It’s a play that you have to make.”

Hicks has three more years on $ and $19 million dollars he In the

spring signed million-dollar contract , when Cashman told the switch hitter: “I bet You.” despite .5472/.326/.296 slashes, since The Yankees’ outfielder has been injured, and Hicks has been getting more minutes lately, especially from Andrew Benintendi.

Boone says he ‘not necessarily’ needs to hit Hicks to restore confidence; Aaron Judge, Florial, Tim Locastro and Oswaldo Cabrera could have some outfield alignment in the coming week.

Gold Gloves center fielder Harrison Budd will also be in Starting a minor league rehab mission with Double-A Somerset on Sunday. Hicks said his goal is to turn the page quickly and hopefully get back into the lineup as soon as possible.

“When something like this happens, what do you want to do It’s the fight,” Hicks said. “You want to find a way to be productive for your team. The next time you’re on the court or defending, you’re trying to find a way to impact the game so it’s balanced.”

was strangled by Drew Rasmussen in six innings, after The Raiders scattered six hits in strikeouts

, and the Yankees were in seventh when Judge singled out home Oswald Peraza. Board boarded the board.

Kyle Higashioka homered in the ninth inning of JT Chargois to tie New York two games ago. Gleyber Torres was just feet away from the game’s tie homer and saw him The drive fell off the right field wall.

“We have some opportunities, but not much loss,” Boone said.

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