BALTIMORE — Gary Sanchez returned to the lineup and behind the plate and went 0-for-5 in the Yankees’ 8-5 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night.
Sanchez hadn’t played since Wednesday (when he was the DH and snapped an 0-for-19 skid) and hadn’t caught since Tuesday. The Yankees were rained out Thursday and Austin Romine was the catcher on Friday.
Sanchez’s batting average is down to .205, but manager Aaron Boone said he isn’t concerned.
“I’m not worried about Gary at all,” Boone said. “I don’t worry about him with the bat. He’s born to hit. He’ll hit. I’m more excited about — I thought he was really good behind the plate today, leading our guys. He’s one of the last people I worry about hitting-wise. I know over time he’s going to rake.”
For the second straight night, the Yankees (37-17, .685) held first place over the Red Sox by percentage points although they trail Boston (40-19, .678) by a half-game.
Gleyber OK after HBP
On the day he was named AL Rookie of the Month for May, Gleyber Torres suffered a scare when he was hit on the left wrist by a pitch in the sixth inning. Torres stayed in the game and finished 0-for-3.
“Obviously scary any time you see it around there,” Boone said. “But looks like he checked out OK and he had no issues staying in the game. I think we dodged a bullet there, obviously. That’s always scary around the hands.”
In May, Torres hit .317 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs in 24 games.
Jordan Montgomery (elbow strain) threw off flat ground and is making progress, Boone said. Montgomery has been on the disabled list since May 2.
Didi: running man
Didi Gregorius stole his sixth base of the season in the eighth, tying him with Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner for the team lead. Gregorius’ career high in steals is the seven he had in 2016. He had three last season.
The Orioles held a moment of silence before the game for former major league pitcher Bruce Kison, who died on Friday. Kison, 68, was a former Orioles scout and pitching coach.