Masataka Yoshida helped blow the Yankees away Friday night, and he earned a first Major League Baseball accolade.
The Boston Red Sox beat New York, 8-3, at Yankee Stadium behind a strong outing from Brayan Bello on the mound and Yoshida’s three-run home run in the top of the first inning.
The homer proved to be the difference in the first matchup of a three-game set, and it marked Yoshida’s first career home run at Yankee Stadium. It was an accomplishment not lost on the 30-year-old left fielder.
“Yeah, I was really happy to hit in that great situation,” Yoshida told reporters through an interpreter, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “I’m really honored to play at this stadium. I knew (of) this stadium when I was growing up.”
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Of course, Yoshida is more proud to call Fenway Park his home, but making your mark against an American League East rival also is welcome from Boston fans. Yoshida also was 0-for-11 prior to Friday’s matchup.
Justin Turner called his Red Sox teammate a “very accomplish hitter” as Yoshida is a contender to win AL Rookie of the Year. But the focus on Boston’s mind this weekend is catching up in the AL wild-card race.
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