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Aroldis Chapman escapes: Was he too rested?

With the biggest series of the season approaching, Joe Girardi didn’t want to use his biggest arm unless he had to this past week. With the Red Sox coming to town, the Yankees manager wanted Aroldis Chapman well-rested, in case the closer would be needed for all three games of the series. The plan fell perfectly into place — and nearly backfired. Pitching for the first time in six days, Chapman put the Yankees in position for their most devastating defeat of the season after walking the first three batters he faced in the ninth inning while holding a two-run lead, but the closer managed to escape with his 15th save of the season — thanks to Aaron Hicks’ game-saving throw from left field — in a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Frida ...