The Yankees duo attracts attention with slow jogs to first

Josh Donaldson extended his hitting streak to 10 games Monday, but it was one of his outs that drew the most attention in the Yankees’ 1-0 win over Rangers.

In the sixth inning of a scoreless game, Donaldson hit a grounder to shortstop where Corey Seager wobbled the ball. But Donaldson immediately had his head down as he exited the batter’s box in an easy jog, giving Seager ample time to lock in the ball and throw first for the out.

DJ LeMahieu later jogged his own groundout for the first time to start the eighth inning before the Yankees staged the game-winning rally.

Aaron Boone said shortly after the win that he had not discussed the plays with either Donaldson or LeMahieu.

“I think every time you get caught braking, you know it right away,” Boone said. “Sometimes you have to say something. DJ’s wasn’t a problem because it was trivial. … But Donaldson probably took his eyes off it for a second. Gait is important for some of our guys and making sure we run at the right gait. But I think every time you make a mistake, you usually know it. Now and then you have to say something. I haven’t said anything yet.”

DJ LeMahieu, Josh Donaldson
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With a single in the fourth inning, Donaldson recorded the Yankees’ first hit of the game. With six walks and eight strikeouts, the 36-year-old has now exactly one goal in each of his last 10 games. He hits .278 with three doubles during that stretch.

“What I love about it is that he just crunches and gets a ton on base,” Boone said before the game. “Getting a few big hits here and there. I think a sign of a great hitter when you kind of work your way through and have that level of getting down to base and mixing in his hits when it clicks, he’s one of those guys that can carry you across stretches at once.”

Domingo German (right shoulder impact) has started throwing the mound again, according to Boone, with “a couple of bullpens” under his belt. German went on the 60-day injury list during spring training with a recurrence of the injury he picked up in the second half of last season.

“Tossed all his pitches in his bullpen last time,” Boone said. “Everything is going well, according to plan. I’m not sure when his first live action is. I am sure it will come soon.”

A day after describing Yankee Stadium as a “little league ballpark,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward further addressed his comments.

Woodward’s first dig came after Gleyber Torres hit a walk-off home run to the short right-field porch in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader, saying it was “an easy off in 99 percent of stadiums.”

While Statcast disagreed, Woodward later on Sunday claimed he was joking, before saying Monday he regretted his remarks.

“Probably bad words on my part,” Woodward told reporters. “I laid it out for a lot of people. But listen, I obviously didn’t mean to disrespect this place. And it’s obviously a world-class organization, ballpark. I’ll say it’s always one of my favorite places to play, but I understand why Yankee fans will be upset about it. That’s why I love her.” The Yankees duo attracts attention with slow jogs to first


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