TAMPA — Gary Sanchez didn’t handle two pitches from Deivi Garcia in the first inning of the Yankees’ 5-1 loss to the Orioles that allowed Baltimore to score twice, prompting boos from the Steinbrenner Field crowd.
One was scored a wild pitch and the second a passed ball, but each should have been caught. Sanchez was behind the plate for two more wild pitches from David Hale.
“The curveball from Garcia with two outs that got through, that’s a ball he should be able to handle,’’ Aaron Boone said.
Luke Voit homered for the first time this spring with a towering fly ball for an opposite-field blast over the right-field wall.
Sign of the times thanks to coronavirus.
A plastic bottle of Purcell sanitizer was placed on a table near the entrance to the Yankees’ clubhouse on Friday for those who wanted to use it. It was the first day the plastic container with a pump dispenser surfaced. Security guards in the entrance area were instructed to avoid shaking hands with staff and players and use fist bumps. The Yankees’ team doctor spoke to the club and staff and made a PowerPoint presentation that included a segment on person-to-person contact like shaking…