“For me, it’s baseball,” said the Yankees veteran Friday before a game against athletics. “Since I’ve been in the big leagues, there have been talks every spring about getting a baseball very similar to the one in Japan. Comes out of the box with a bit of tack. It would probably prevent most players from using anything, even the rosin pouch, just because it already has a good grip and really nothing else needs to be done.

Britton, the Yankees’ player rep, echoed his teammate Gerrit Cole ( another member of the Executive Subcommittee of the MLB Players Association) in the hope that the MLB will hold talks with the union to find a middle ground on this matter. The league announced this week that it will begin cracking down on pitchers containing sticky substances of all kinds on Monday.

The sudden enforcement of the rule has worried pitchers about being able to grab baseball.

“You can Usually monitor as much as you want when the baseball is in good condition and you can grab it – there’s no excuse to do anything other than just throw the baseball without a hand, “said Britton.

Aaron Judge, who won the 2017 Home Run Derby in Miami, said he has no plans to re-enter his name for the event next month in Denver. “I honestly haven’t even thought about that,” Richter said. “I’m not interested at the moment unless the All-Star Game is back in New York soon.”

After shortstop Gleyber Torres left Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays with a stiff lower back he was third on Friday.

Gary Sanchez, who scored 0.333 (19-for-57) in his last 17 games, was not in the starting XI. Boone said the catcher was “in good health” but was “a bit beaten” in Buffalo victory on Thursday.

With a late flight home early Friday morning and a day game on Saturday, Boone decided to put Kyle Higashioka behind the plate to catch Jameson Taillon.

Phil Nevin returned on Friday for the first time since the 9th.

Nevin, who had symptoms and was also fighting a staph that made him very sick, returned in early June Team back but was not released to the field until Friday.

Corey Kluber (right shoulder load) continued his throwing program on Friday and played catch on the field before the game. … LHP Justin Wilson (right hamstrings) also threw a bullpen session.

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