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Fan who struck Alex Verdugo with ball banned from all MLB parks for life

As first base coach Tom Goodwin calms Alex Verdugo on Saturday night, Yankee Stadium security, umpires, and fans begin identifying the member of the crowd who threw a ball at the Red Sox left fielder.Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

NEW YORK — The fan who threw the ball that struck Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo in the back on Saturday night has been banned for life from attending major league games.

The incident occurred in the sixth inning and led to a brief delay as umpires and Red Sox players pointed the man out. He was then escorted away by security.

A New York Police Department information officer said there was no record of an arrest, but the Yankees on Sunday said the fan, who has not been identified, would no longer be allowed in their ballpark.

“While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries — especially with the Red Sox — reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that puts the safety of players, field staff or fellow fans in jeopardy will not be tolerated,” the team said in a statement.


“There is absolutely no place for it at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the field, will always be the top priority for the Yankees organization every time we open our doors.”

Major League Baseball also banned the man from its 29 other parks.

The incident delayed the game as two umpires ran out to left field to diffuse the situation. Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly kept his team off the field until Verdugo could get his emotions under control.

Verdugo was in the Red Sox lineup for Sunday night’s game against the Yankees, again in left field.

“I’m still going to be out there. I’m still going to be jawing with the guys, having a good time,” he said on Saturday. “If someone throws a ball again, someone throws something again, we’re going to have the same problem. That’s crossing a line to me.”


Verdugo patted his chest and motioned to the fans when he went to left field in the first inning on Sunday.

Cora said he doesn’t mind Verdugo mixing it up with the fans. But when he went on the field Saturday to calm his left fielder down, “it got nasty.”

“Hopefully that’s the last time something like that happens,” Cora said.

There were no incidents in New York’s 9-1 victory on Sunday outside of a light being shined at Christian Vázquez from center field when he batted in the seventh inning. The umpires paused the game briefly until the light went out as security approached.

Rafael Devers argues a called third strike with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez in the sixth inning of Sunday's loss to the Yankees.Rich Schultz/Getty

MLB senior vice president of on-field operations Mike Hill was at the game on Sunday to discuss the events from Saturday, which were numerous.

Red Sox bench coach Will Venable and backup catcher Kevin Plawecki were ejected after disputing a check-swing call by first-base umpire Manny Gonzalez. The game also was played in a downpour throughout the fifth and sixth innings. The Yankees scored twice in the sixth, then were declared the winners after a 52-minute delay.

Cora thought the game should have been stopped earlier. Umpire crew chief Jeff Nelson told a pool reporter he considered the field playable until after the sixth inning.

Cora said he would prefer that games be suspended and finished the next day or later in the season instead of being called.

Painful debut for Christian Arroyo

After two days of taking groundballs, Christian Arroyo started at first base against righthander Jameson Taillon. He came out of the game in the third inning with a left hamstring strain suffered while reaching for a throw. Cora said it was likely Arroyo would go on the injured list for the third time this season.


Christian Arroyo departed in the third inning with a hamstring strain.Adam Hunger/Associated Press

Arroyo said prior to the game that it would be the first time he has played the position, outside of a few innings in an intrasquad game with Cleveland last season.

“I’m athletic enough. I think I’ll be fine,” he said.

The idea was for the Sox to keep a hot bat in the lineup. Arroyo has hit .271 with 18 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs in 155 at-bats.

“He’s earned his playing time, let’s put it that way. He’s putting good at-bats,” Cora said before the game. “He deserves to start.”

Bobby Dalbec replaced Arroyo at first base and was 0 for 3, striking out twice.

Danny Santana on the way

Utility player Danny Santana will meet the team in Buffalo on Monday and be activated for the series against the Blue Jays. He has been on the injured list since July 7 with a strained left quadriceps . . . Vázquez, who took a foul tip off his right knee, said he would be down on Monday but expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday . . . Triston Casas was 0 for 2 with a walk as Team USA tuned up for the Olympics with an 8-3 victory against the Collegiate National Team in Cary, N.C. Casas, on loan from Double A Portland, hit cleanup. Jack Lopez of Triple A Worcester was 0 for 2 with an RBI . . . The Yankees called up Ryan LaMarre from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and started him in left field. LaMarre, who played five games for the Red Sox in 2016, was 2 for 3 with a home run and a walk. They needed an outfielder after Tim Locastro tore his right ACL making a catch on Saturday . . . Double A Portland extended its win streak to 13 games with a 15-4 victory at Reading. Hudson Potts was 3 for 5 with a homer and drove in five runs.


Peter Abraham can be reached at peter.abraham@globe.com. Follow him @PeteAbe.