Xander Bogaerts hit his 21st home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.
Bogaerts jumped on a CC Sabathia pitch in the fourth inning for a solo homer. It was his only hit in the game, and the only run the Sox could manage against Sabathia and company. The 23-year-old continues to add to his strong 2016 numbers, as he's now hitting .294/.355/.445 with 21 homers, 89 RBI, 114 runs scored and 13 steals.
Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.
Since returning from a hamstring strain, Castro was 1-for-9 in three games before Thursday's two-hit night. After being dealt from the Cubs to the Yankees in exchange for Adam Warren last winter -- a deal that looks like a coup for the Yankees now -- the 26-year-old has had a strong year in 2016, batting .272/.302/.436 with 21 homers, 70 RBI and 63 runs scored. He'll be back as the Yankees' everyday second baseman in 2017, barring the unforeseen.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, a stolen base and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.
Ellsbury walked and stole his 19th base of the season in the first inning, scoring on a Starlin Castro double. He then knocked in his 56th RBI with a double in the fifth inning. The 33-year-old owns a .262/.327/.374 line with nine homers and 70 runs scored in 145 games overall.
Henry Owens allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.
Owens gave up four hits and walked two while striking out six in the short start, his first for the club in over a month. In five starts with the big club this year, the 24-year-old put up a 6.95 ERA and 1.95 WHIP. He could be given a shot at winning a job in the back of the Sox' rotation next spring, although it will likely be a crowded field.
Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.
Hicks swatted the run-scoring double in the eighth inning to extend the Yankees' lead. It's been a disappointing year for the 26-year-old overall, batting .218/.277/.338 in 120 games.