Payday: Choose wins it for Yankees on eve of wage showdown


NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Choose and the New York Yankees have a listening to Friday to find out the three-time All-Star’s wage for the 2022 season.

No matter will get determined, the decision has already come down within the Bronx:

Choose goes to be value each penny.

The regular, 6-foot-7 slugger lined a game-winning single on the eve of his arbitration showdown, capping a four-run ninth inning that included Aaron Hicks’ tying three-run homer off nearer Ryan Pressly within the Yankees’ 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday evening.

Batting with two on towards Ryne Stanek, Choose smoked a 3-0 splitter into the left-field nook to attain Jose Trevino from second base. It was the Yankees’ ninth walk-off win in 70 video games this season — their most since 1943 — and one which appeared mighty unlikely once they entered the final inning with solely two hits.

“There’s an indication on the way in which out to the dugout that claims, ‘Do Your Job,’” Choose mentioned. “That’s what I attempted to do in that scenario.”

A job with an unknown wage, for now. The 30-year-old could have an uncommon in-season arbitration listening to Friday — rulings are often made within the offseason however had been pushed previous opening day this yr as a result of sport’s labor lockout.

Choose is asking for $21 million. New York has provided $17 million. The arbitrator might be charged with choosing one wage or the opposite — nothing in between.

The listening to comes after the perimeters failed to succeed in settlement on a long-term contract previous to Choose’s opening-day deadline this spring, that means No. 99 might depart the Yankees to chase a free agent deal elsewhere after the season.

Requested about Friday’s assembly, Choose smiled and mentioned solely “we’ll speak after.”

New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, left, celebrates with Aaron Choose after Stanton hit a three-run residence run towards the Houston Astros in the course of the first inning of a baseball sport Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York.

“We at all times hope the perfect for our guys in arbitration and stuff like that,” Hicks mentioned. “We wish him right here as a Yankee.”

New York took the opener of a extremely anticipated four-game sequence between the American League’s prime two groups, successful for the nineteenth time in 22 video games to enhance to 52-18 — the third-best 70-game begin within the majors since 1930.

New York additionally prolonged its residence successful streak to fifteen video games, the crew’s longest since 1961.

The Yankees entered Thursday tied for the key league lead with 20 comeback victories. No. 21 would possibly prime all of them.

Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a three-run homer within the first inning, led off the ninth with a stroll towards Pressly, and Gleyber Torres drew one other throughout a plate look that included a prolonged delay as a result of Torres had one thing in his eye.

The switch-hitting Hicks then dug in from the left facet and crushed a no-doubter to proper discipline, simply the third hit for the Yankees all evening and first since Stanton’s homer.

Hicks’ third homer of the season despatched the gang of 44,071 right into a frenzy.

“This was a playoff environment proper there,“ Choose mentioned.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa adopted with an infield single however was thrown out making an attempt to steal second — an in depth name upheld through replay.

Trevino lined a one-out single, prompting supervisor Dusty Baker to drag Pressly (1-2), a two-time All-Star who entered with a 5.71 ERA in 18 profession appearances towards the Yankees, together with the postseason.

Stanek walked DJ LeMahieu, then fell behind Choose 3-0 as followers serenaded the slugger with “MVP!” chants.

“I knew I used to be gonna get the job performed,“ Choose mentioned after his third profession walk-off hit and second this season.

“That’s when this sport’s at its finest proper there, moments like that,“ he added. ”Crowd’s on their toes, sport’s on the road. They’re the moments in your yard you dream about.”

Miguel Castro (4-0) labored a hitless inning for the win.

The Astros’ Alex Bregman and Stanton exchanged three-run homers within the first inning, and Houston’s Yordan Alvarez cracked one other three-run drive within the third towards Yankees starter Jameson Taillon.

Astros starter Framber Valdez steadied himself after a rocky first inning. Jose Altuve had three hits and proper fielder Kyle Tucker robbed a possible homer within the eighth for Houston, however the Astros fell to 43-26 on a uncommon down evening for the majors’ main bullpen.

“Issues began unraveling and we couldn’t put it again,” Baker mentioned.

Valdez struck out seven over six innings, permitting simply the three runs on two hits, each within the first inning. He regarded primed to go deep within the sport till Anthony Rizzo grinded out a 16-pitch stroll within the sixth. Valdez was pulled after 101 pitches.

Héctor Neris pitched an ideal seventh, and Tucker helped Rafael Montero get by the eighth by leaping on the wall to catch a drive Rizzo thought was a surefire homer.

Taillon allowed a season-high six runs, interrupting a stellar first half after years of being hampered by well being woes. Houston had 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings towards the right-hander.

Alvarez, who homered twice towards the Mets on Wednesday evening, smacked a low, 113 mph line drive into Yankee Stadium’s quick right-field porch within the third. Alvarez’s 22 homers path solely Choose’s 27 for the key league lead.


Astros: SS Jeremy Peña (thumb discomfort) labored out on the sphere, and Houston deliberate to guage him afterward. … OF Jake Meyers (left shoulder surgical procedure) rejoined the crew after finishing a minor league rehab task however was not activated.

Yankees: Traded RHP David McKay to Tampa Bay for money, optioned RHP Clarke Schmidt to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added RHP Albert Abreu to the lively roster.


Astros ace Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.30 ERA) pitches at Yankee Stadium for the primary time since Recreation 5 of the 2019 AL Championship Collection, a 4-1 Houston loss. He’s 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 profession begins on the ballpark. He’ll oppose New York RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 3.27) on Friday evening.


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