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Facing Little Resistance, the Yankees' Main Goal Is Health


A familiar script was rolled out the moment Didi Gregorius’s three-run home run cleared the right field wall: Another unforgiving attack by the Yankees against Baltimore’s pitchers, another victory in the Bronx, another pinstriped step forward in an unfettered path to October.


Unlike the many clubs engaged in fierce battles for division leads or wild-card berths, like the Mets, the Yankees have the luxury of coasting over the final six weeks if they so choose.


LeMahieu, a heavy-hitting infielder who was with the Colorado Rockies before signing with the Yankees as a free agent last winter, added, “I’ve been on teams that had to win every game down the stretch just to get to the playoffs.


Barring an unforeseen crash, Boone will be able to focus on timing the returns of his most dynamic starting pitcher (Luis Severino), the relief corps’ bridge to the ninth inning (Dellin Betances) and one of the lineup’s most thunderous long-ball threats (Luke Voit).


He ran sprints early on Monday and reported that he felt “pretty much back to normal.” He’ll hit on Tuesday for the first time since being injured and could begin rehab games at Class AA within two weeks.


A version of this article appears in print on , Section B, Page 7 of the New York edition with the headline: Playoffs in Reach, Yankees’ Goal Is Health.






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