Boone, Gardner, Yanks again hammer umps, beat Indians 6-5

NEW YORK (AP) Again, again and again, the New York Yankees kept hammering away.

At the umpires - and the Cleveland Indians, too.

Manager Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner and the Yankees threw another severe temper tantrum Saturday, this time in prolonged rants that brought several members of the team spilling onto the field in a 6-5 win over the Indians.

''Kinda crazy, to be honest,'' Gardner said.

Gleyber Torres hit two home runs and Didi Gregorius and DJ LeMahieu also connected for the AL East-leading Yankees.

But what really fired up the crowd of 47,347 at Yankee Stadium erupted in the sixth inning after Cameron Maybin was called out on strikes by Triple-A ump Ben May.

''Mayhem, I guess,'' observed Cleveland catcher Kevin Plawecki.

For the third time in a month - each occurring with a minor league call-up umpire behind the plate - the team with the best record in American League lost its cool in a big way. This episode led to Boone, Gardner and pitcher CC Sabathia being ejected.

It also prompted Boone to accuse the umpires of picking on the Yankees.

''Frankly, I think it escalated because they came looking for it,'' he said. ''Think they were looking for us. It felt like a little bit.''

Said umpire crew chief Tom Hallion: ''There was an ejection of Boone and things then kind of got out of control.''

The pitch to Maybin was, according to strike zone charts, a bit outside. He calmly stood and discussed it with May and went back to the bench.

''It should've been over. But he continued to stare into the dugout,'' Maybin said.

Moments later, things heated up in a hurry.

Boone came rushing from the dugout to confront May, and engaged in an animated, extended argument. May listened, and Boone returned to the bench.

''I think that it was handled in a professional way,'' Hallion told a pool reporter.

All seemed calm, in fact. For a moment, anyway.

That's when Boone rushed out for another go at May, with Hallion coming in from second base, trying to quell the beef.

''We objected to a few calls,'' Boone said, ''had some issues.''

''In the heat of battle you get a little passionate,'' he said, adding, ''obviously, don't like that.''

It was far from over, either.

With the fans screaming, and security personnel coming onto the field, several Yankees were hollering from the dugout, engaging in a close-up argument with first base ump Phil Cuzzi.

Gardner was ejected after banging his bat against the dugout roof - it's become his habit lately - and then he climbed over the railing to continue the dispute with Cuzzi. Coaches Phil Nevin, Marcus Thames and Josh Paul also were on the field, holding back Gardner, who was also arguing with third base umpire Todd Tichenor.

Gardner said he was merely trying to rev up his teammates and didn't think he deserved to be thrown out.

''Felt like I had a target on my back,'' the intense outfielder said.

Gardner said nobody from MLB has told him he can't bang his bat that way. There is no specific prohibition on that - the official baseball rule reads: ''Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language.''

''I'm not saying what I did was right,'' Gardner said. ''But I probably won't do it tomorrow.''

Last Friday, Gardner was tossed after a rant in Toronto. And on July 18, Boone screamed and hollered at a rookie umpire, leading to the expletive-filled rant where the manager called his hitters ''savages'' in the batter's box.

Boone said this latest incident could lead to a discussion with MLB about recent behavior.

''It is our job to play under control,'' he said.

James Paxton (9-6) went five innings for the win. Zach Plesac (6-4) was chased in the fifth.

Aroldis Chapman closed for his 35th save in 40 chances.

MO' MO

The Yankees honored former closer Mariano Rivera with a pregame ceremony, and he took a lap around the field on a golf cart. He's the only player unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame, and his Cooperstown plaque was on display. ''I'm glad I did OK,'' he told the crowd in a short speech. He also threw out the ceremonial first ball - it was high.

ROSTER MOVE

The Yankees sent newly acquired righty reliever Ryan Dull back to Triple-A after the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: If RHP Carlos Carrasco returns to the club this season, it will be as a reliever. Carrasco threw 25 pitches of batting practice at Class A Lake County on Friday - it was his first time facing hitters since being diagnosed in June with a treatable form of leukemia. Carrasco could throw an inning Monday in a rehab appearance for Double-A Akron. A top starter in recent years, he hasn't pitched in the majors since May 30 and there's not much time to build up his strength to rejoin the rotation. But boosting the bullpen ''is something he can latch onto and be a part of our team and really help us,'' manager Terry Francona said.

Yankees: OF Aaron Judge was out of the lineup, a day after getting two hits following a 3-for-31 slump. Boone had said he wanted to give his slugger a day off this weekend.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (7-2, 3.34 ERA) is 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA in his last eight starts. He struck out 10 last year in his only previous start at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees: Sabathia (5-6, 4.78) is expected to come off the injured list to start Sunday. The 39-year-old has been out since July 28 with right knee inflammation. The plate umpire will be Cuzzi, by the way.

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CLE73-51
200020010592
NYY83-42
01121100X680
  • W: J. Paxton (9-6)L: Z. Plesac (6-4)S: A. Chapman (35)
  • HR: NYY - D. LeMahieu (20), D. Gregorius (11), G. Torres 2 (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS42100111.300.356.515.8704.5
O. Mercado LF42200100.279.326.442.7687.0
C. Santana 1B40330011.293.414.551.9655.5
Y. Puig RF31210101.267.317.492.8095.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100004.253.325.462.7871.0
F. Reyes DH40000013.239.292.496.788-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B30000112.253.314.408.7220.5
K. Plawecki C40000022.210.283.323.605-1.0
G. Allen CF30000110.245.306.406.7120.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF30000021.251.333.478.811-1.0
    M. Ford 1B10100000.167.286.346.6321.0
    D. LeMahieu 1B-2B41221011.338.386.538.9257.5
    G. Urshela 3B40000021.338.379.580.959-1.0
    D. Gregorius DH41111010.265.290.469.7595.5
    G. Torres SS42222000.284.348.537.88512.0
    C. Maybin RF-LF21000120.309.391.522.9141.0
    M. Tauchman LF-CF30100010.290.372.551.9230.5
    A. Romine C30100000.272.295.420.7161.0
    T. Estrada 2B-RF31000001.246.283.456.7393.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (30), O. Mercado 2 (18), Y. Puig (20)
      • RBI - C. Santana 3 (78), Y. Puig (71)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (21), Y. Puig (31)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana, J. Ramirez 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - D. LeMahieu (20), D. Gregorius (11), G. Torres 2 (29)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (83), D. Gregorius (38), G. Torres 2 (73)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (41)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu, G. Urshela
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - Y. Puig (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Estrada (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - O. Mercado (3)
      • E - O. Mercado 2 (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Kahnle-Torres-Ford; LeMahieu-Ford)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Plesac (L, 6-4)4.26541533.531.21-1.5
      N. Wittgren1.11110212.831.012.0
      P. Maton2.01000206.991.486.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Plesac (L, 6-4)4.2
      N. Wittgren1.1
      P. Maton2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 9-6)5.06443404.531.4311.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 25)1.00000101.671.303.5
      T. Kahnle (H, 23)1.01001102.820.961.5
      Z. Britton (H, 27)1.02111002.261.26-1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 35)1.00000102.361.1510.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 9-6)5.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 25)1.0
      T. Kahnle (H, 23)1.0
      Z. Britton (H, 27)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 35)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - P. Maton (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 96-63, N. Wittgren 22-14, P. Maton 20-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 4-4, P. Maton 2-2
      • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 20, N. Wittgren 5, P. Maton 7
      PITCHING
      • WP - Z. Britton (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 88-53, A. Ottavino 13-9, T. Kahnle 15-8, Z. Britton 17-8, A. Chapman 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 4-6, T. Kahnle 1-0, Z. Britton 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 23, A. Ottavino 3, T. Kahnle 4, Z. Britton 5, A. Chapman 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      CLE73-51
      200020010592
      NYY83-42
      01121100X680
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS42100111.300.356.515.8704.5
      O. Mercado LF42200100.279.326.442.7687.0
      C. Santana 1B40330011.293.414.551.9655.5
      Y. Puig RF31210101.267.317.492.8095.0
      J. Ramirez 3B40100004.253.325.462.7871.0
      F. Reyes DH40000013.239.292.496.788-0.5
      J. Kipnis 2B30000112.253.314.408.7220.5
      K. Plawecki C40000022.210.283.323.605-1.0
      G. Allen CF30000110.245.306.406.7120.5
      Total3359405714-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner CF30000021.251.333.478.811-1.0
        M. Ford 1B10100000.167.286.346.6321.0
        D. LeMahieu 1B-2B41221011.338.386.538.9257.5
        G. Urshela 3B40000021.338.379.580.959-1.0
        D. Gregorius DH41111010.265.290.469.7595.5
        G. Torres SS42222000.284.348.537.88512.0
        C. Maybin RF-LF21000120.309.391.522.9141.0
        M. Tauchman LF-CF30100010.290.372.551.9230.5
        A. Romine C30100000.272.295.420.7161.0
        T. Estrada 2B-RF31000001.246.283.456.7393.0
        Total316854194-----
        HITTERSAB
        B. Gardner CF3
        M. Ford 1B1
        D. LeMahieu 1B-2B4
        G. Urshela 3B4
        D. Gregorius DH4
        G. Torres SS4
        C. Maybin RF-LF2
        M. Tauchman LF-CF3
        A. Romine C3
        T. Estrada 2B-RF3
        Total31
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (30), O. Mercado 2 (18), Y. Puig (20)
          • RBI - C. Santana 3 (78), Y. Puig (71)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (21), Y. Puig (31)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana, J. Ramirez 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • HR - D. LeMahieu (20), D. Gregorius (11), G. Torres 2 (29)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (83), D. Gregorius (38), G. Torres 2 (73)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (41)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu, G. Urshela
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - Y. Puig (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Estrada (3)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - O. Mercado (3)
          • E - O. Mercado 2 (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Kahnle-Torres-Ford; LeMahieu-Ford)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Plesac (L, 6-4)4.26541533.531.21-1.5
          N. Wittgren1.11110212.831.012.0
          P. Maton2.01000206.991.486.0
          Total8.0865194---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Plesac (L, 6-4)4.2
          N. Wittgren1.1
          P. Maton2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton (W, 9-6)5.06443404.531.4311.0
          A. Ottavino (H, 25)1.00000101.671.303.5
          T. Kahnle (H, 23)1.01001102.820.961.5
          Z. Britton (H, 27)1.02111002.261.26-1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 35)1.00000102.361.1510.5
          Total9.0955570---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton (W, 9-6)5.0
          A. Ottavino (H, 25)1.0
          T. Kahnle (H, 23)1.0
          Z. Britton (H, 27)1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 35)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - P. Maton (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 96-63, N. Wittgren 22-14, P. Maton 20-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 4-4, P. Maton 2-2
          • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 20, N. Wittgren 5, P. Maton 7
          PITCHING
          • WP - Z. Britton (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 88-53, A. Ottavino 13-9, T. Kahnle 15-8, Z. Britton 17-8, A. Chapman 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 4-6, T. Kahnle 1-0, Z. Britton 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 23, A. Ottavino 3, T. Kahnle 4, Z. Britton 5, A. Chapman 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Puig scored, Ramirez to second on wild pitch56
          • 6TH INNING
            Torres homered to left46
          • 5TH INNING
            LeMahieu homered to right center45
            Puig singled to left, Mercado scored, Santana to second44
            Santana singled to left, Lindor scored, Mercado to second34
          • 4TH INNING
            Torres homered to right center24
            Gregorius homered to right23
          • 3RD INNING
            LeMahieu singled to left, Estrada scored, LeMahieu to second on left fielder Mercado throwing error22
          • 2ND INNING
            Tauchman singled to left center, Maybin scored, Tauchman out at second on left fielder Mercado fielding error21
          • 1ST INNING
            Santana singled to center, Lindor and Mercado scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Zack Britton
            • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to center
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zack Britton relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Ball, Puig doubled to deep right center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to left, Puig to third
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Puig scored, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Reyes grounded out to shortstop, Ramirez to third
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Plawecki grounded into double play second to first, Kipnis out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Maton Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Gregorius grounded out to first
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Foul, Torres lined out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Adam Ottavino
            • Mike Ford at first base
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Allen walked
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Allen out at second
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado doubled to deep right center
            • Ca. Santana: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Phil Maton relieved Nick Wittgren
            • A. Romine: Romine lined out to left
            • T. Estrada: Strike looking, Estrada grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Ford: Ford singled to left center
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ford to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Adam Ottavino relieved James Paxton
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reyes flied out to center
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis flied out to right
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Plawecki struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Wittgren Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Gregorius struck out on foul tip
            • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Torres homered to left
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Tauchman flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Plawecki struck out looking
            • G. Allen: Allen grounded bunt out to first
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor doubled to deep left
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercado walked
            • Ca. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana singled to left, Lindor scored, Mercado to second
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig singled to left, Mercado scored, Santana to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike (foul tip), Ramirez popped out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • T. Estrada: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Estrada grounded out to third
            • B. Gardner: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu homered to right center
            • Nick Wittgren relieved Zach Plesac
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Urshela popped out to first
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ramirez popped out to first
            • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reyes grounded out to third
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius homered to right
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres homered to right center
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Tauchman struck out looking
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Romine popped out to third
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercado popped out to shortstop
            • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Puig reached on fielder's choice to third, Santana out at second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Puig caught stealing second, pitcher to first to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Romine singled to right
            • T. Estrada: Foul, Ball, Foul, Estrada reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Romine out at second
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Estrada stole second, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu singled to left, Estrada scored, LeMahieu to second on left fielder Mercado throwing error
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Urshela struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki fouled out to catcher
            • G. Allen: Allen flied out to deep right
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gregorius popped out to third
            • G. Torres: Ball, Torres grounded out to third
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
            • M. Tauchman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Tauchman singled to left center, Maybin scored, Tauchman out at second on left fielder Mercado fielding error
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked
            • O. Mercado: Mercado doubled to deep right center, Lindor to third
            • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana singled to center, Lindor and Mercado scored
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Santana to second
            • J. Ramirez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner lined out to left
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to right
            • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Urshela grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)