"I kind of love Aaron in that spot, his ability to get on base", Boone said.
If his hands are not the issue, then another part of Sonny Gray's anatomy requires inspection and correction.
Asked if he's paying attention to how hot the Red Sox have been, Boone answered "I know they win every day.by a lot!" Gray is 0-0 with eight strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA across one starts against Toronto this year.
"I'm frustrated, obviously, I expect a lot more from myself", Gray said. He was charged with five runs and seven hits, three of them home runs, but improved to 4-0 in his last seven starts at Yankee Stadium, thanks to Gurriel.
The right-handed power hitter, who had spent all of this young season hitting third, batted fourth when the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. He didn't take the loss, but that didn't make his outing any more impressive.
The manager talked about the Yankees "trying to get our own house in order" in the context of Boston's 17-2 break out of the gate. "But this was tough tonight".
"I feel fine. It's 40 degrees outside", Gray told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "It's 40 degrees outside". "He's Giancarlo Stanton. I don't think they're going to groove him pitches because he's hitting second or he's hitting fourth or he's hitting third".
"I believe we have the answers in that room to get it done", Boone said of the staff.
Jake Arrieta allowed just one hit and fanned 10 in seven dominant innings as host Philadelphia blanked Pittsburgh.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton broke a 50 at-bat homerless slump with his fourth shot of the season, a drive that put NY ahead 4-2 in the third. OF Clint Frazier (concussion) was set to take batting practice and do outfield work with Class A Tampa and could play in a game soon.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (2-1) looked nothing like the guy who sailed through his first three starts while yielding only two runs over 20 1/3 innings. Orlando Arcia followed Braun's homer with a solo shot during a seven-run sixth inning that allowed Milwaukee to turn the game into a blowout.
Aaron Hicks walked with one out in the second and Austin lined a 2-and-1 fastball to right for a 2-0 lead.
We'll see based on how Gray does with Sanchez behind the plate.
NY entered tied for the AL lead with 17 errors and struggled defensively once again.
The starters this year have a 4.93 ERA, which has them 12th in the AL and 25th in the majors, and this, too, is a big drop from the rotation's 3.98 ERA in 2017.
Blue Jays right-fielder Randal Grichuk is hitting so poorly, the American Astronomical Society is apparently thinking of naming a black hole after him. Though his record is 1-1 following this no-decision, his ERA has swelled to 8.27.
"We have to circle the wagons and help him through this", said Boone, whose team had a generally miserable time of it in falling to 9-9.
"We do have a little logjam".