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Yankees, Red Sox stand together for Harvey relief

Gary Sanchez of the Yankees follows through on

Gary Sanchez of the Yankees follows through on a first-inning infield single against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 3, 2017. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Joe Girardi and Red Sox manager John Farrell met behind home plate before the game and together held a Texas state flag. It was part of a rare solidarity between teams that are bitter rivals as the Yankees and Red Sox collaborated on a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief. The clubs agreed to auction jerseys worn in Sunday night’s game, as well as other items such as a home plate autographed by both sides.

“We stand united with our traditional rival in helping those affected by the hurricane,” Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a joint statement. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner added, “Tonight, we put our rivalry aside and team up with the Yankees to bring support, attention and funds to help relief efforts.”

Oblique puts Hicks on DL

The Yankees placed Aaron Hicks on the disabled list because of a left oblique strain and expressed hope that it is not as serious as the right oblique strain that kept him out for a month and a half this summer. “I don’t know if there is a correlation. It was a different movement, it wasn’t a swing,” Joe Girardi said, referring to the fact that Hicks was injured Saturday while reaching to make a catch. He was on the disabled list from June 25-Aug. 9 after having injured the right oblique on a checked swing.

Girardi said he hopes Hicks will be able to swing a bat by the time the team returns from a 10-day trip that begins in Baltimore on Monday afternoon.

Garcia to be skipped

Jordan Montgomery will start against the Orioles on Monday in what had figured to be Jaime Garcia’s spot. “Monty has pitched against them, has pitched OK against them,” Girardi said. Garcia is 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA and has allowed four home runs in five starts with the Yankees. “Jaime will be inserted in the next time through after this. He was OK with it,’’ the manager said. “He has pitched OK, he has given us a chance to win. We would use him out of the bullpen if we need him.”

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