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Yankees roll past Red Sox in series opener behind Alex Verdugo’s big night

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  • Kyle Evans 

Alex Verdugo returned to Boston for the first time since being traded and had himself a night, collecting three hits and driving in four to lead the New York Yankees (50-22) to an 8-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox (35-35).

Verdugo opened the game with a bang, crushing a two-run home run in the first inning on the first pitch he saw. He smashed an RBI double in the fifth before adding an RBI single in the ninth.

Anthony Rizzo had two hits and a walk, including an RBI single. Jose Trevino launched his seventh home run of the season, and Aaron Judge chipped in with a run-scoring double.

Luis Gil tossed five innings of one-run ball while striking out six. Tommy Kahnle, Caleb Ferguson, Victor González, and Michael Tonkin had scoreless outings.

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The Yankees will try to secure a series win on Saturday with Carlos Rodón on the bump. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.