BALTIMORE — Aaron Boone grabbed a seat next to Aroldis Chapman’s locker in the clubhouse before the game and chatted with his All-Star closer, who is battling tendinitis in his left knee and hasn’t pitched since being removed from Saturday’s game at Toronto.

“He is good to go,” Boone said. “I like to check in with him every day.”

Chapman wasn’t needed in the Yankees’ 9-0 blowout win over the Orioles Wednesday night at Camden Yards.

Asked how he will balance getting Chapman an inning to keep the rust off and possibly aggravating the knee, Boone said: “I don’t feel we are at the point where I feel I need to get him an inning. If he is in there tonight it’s because we need him in there or it is a save situation.’’

Boone said he doesn’t know if Chapman will pitch in the All-Star Game.

Boone didn’t have a definitive date for Gary Sanchez to participate in a minor league game, which is the next step for the catcher, who could come off the DL when the Yankees face the Mets next Friday at Yankee Stadium. However, the manager continues to be encouraged by the progress Sanchez has made lately.

“He is doing really well and ran a lot today,’’ Boone said of Sanchez, who also threw to bases and took batting practice on the field for a second straight day. “We haven’t made a plan where he is going, but I would say he is getting close.’’


Boone didn’t have a definitive date for Gary Sanchez to participate in a minor league game, which is the next step for the catcher, who could come off the DL when the Yankees face the Mets next Friday at Yankee Stadium. However, the manager continues to be encouraged by the progress Sanchez has made lately.

“He is doing really well and ran a lot today,’’ Boone said of Sanchez, who also threw to bases and took batting practice on the field for a second straight day. “We haven’t made a plan where he is going, but I would say he is getting close.’’


The Yankees dodged a big bullet during batting practice when a ball off Miguel Andujar’s bat came close to hitting Giancarlo Stanton in the upper body. Stanton was running in shallow left field and danced out of the way at the last second.


Wednesday night’s game marked the 3,000th of Buck Showalter’s career game as a big league manager. He is the 22nd in major league history to manage at least 3,000 regular-season games.


Greg Bird’s third-inning grand slam was the Yankees’ 152nd homer of the season and set a MLB record for homers by a team before the All-Star break. Tyler Wade and Austin Romine extended the record with homers later in the game.