New York Yankees’ play draws ire of Aaron Boone, fans

Apr 16, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Rougned Odor leaps over Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Austin Meadows after forcing him out at second base but throws the ball away while throwing to first base allowing two runs to score on a ball hit by Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Disgusted New York Yankees fans threw baseballs on the field during the eighth inning of the team’s sloppy loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

And manager Aaron Boone wasn’t much kinder to his team with his words on Saturday, the morning after the Yankees mustered only three hits and committed three errors in an 8-2 loss that left them 5-8 on the young season.

“I think [I’m] more pissed off at the way we’ve come out of the gates here, not playing our best,” Boone said Saturday before the second game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. “But I think we all share that in that room. Look, I concern myself with all things our club. As far as big picture and where I think we’re going, I’m still as confident as ever that we’ll work our way out of this and get rolling here eventually and be the team we expect.

“It’s always frustrating when you’re going through a tough time, but it’s also part of being a major leaguer and part of the 162-game season. Adversity’s going to show up for you. You don’t know when and where, how often, but you gotta be able to deal with it. That’s part of it. I’m confident we will.”

The Yankees have lost six out of their past eight games. Alarmingly, they have scored just 50 runs on the season, 25th in the majors.

Boone held a team meeting after Friday’s game.

“I haven’t played with Aaron quite as much as some of the other players,” said pitcher Gerrit Cole, who has two of the team’s five wins and is scheduled to start Sunday against the Rays. “But I’ve certainly been reamed out by a few managers in my day. It was pretty par for the course from what I’ve seen in my experience in the big leagues. I think the players listen to (Boone), and I think it was impactful.”

The Yankees entered Saturday’s game in last place in the American League East, four games behind the Boston Red Sox.

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