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Sanchez goes yard twice as Yankees thump Boston

Gary Sanchez cracked two homers off David Price and Michael Pineda struck out eight over seven dominant innings as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 9-1, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, taking two of three games in a showdown of American League East rivals. The win increased New York’s lead over second-place Boston to three games.

Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the third inning and added a two-run drive in the fifth off of Price, who came into the outing with controversy swirling. Following Wednesday evening’s 8-0 Boston loss, Price had an emotional outburst with a reporter that Red Sox manager John Farrell said would be “handled” after the left-hander took the mound.

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