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Yankees Aaron Hicks benched, hears Joey Gallo chant after costly miscues

Aaron Hicks night went from bad to worse to benched on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees left fielder was pulled from their 4-2 loss to the Rays to start out the fifth inning after creating a couple of defensive misplays in the fourth inning and enduring the wrath of a boisterous home crowd.

Estevan Florial replaced Hicks in left field, so when the move was announced to the crowd, it had been met with cheers.

Aaron Hicks' error on Friday put the Yankees back 4-0 against the Rays.
Aaron Hicks error on Friday put the Yankees back 4-0 contrary to the Rays.

Hicks struck out in his two at-bats, and heard boos after stranding a set of runners in the 3rd inning, but his troubles were only beginning.

With one out and runners on first and second in the fourth inning, Rays star Wander Franco hit a fly ball to left field. Hicks ran to track it down, but dropped the ball in the same way he surely got to the foul line before utilizing the wall to avoid himself. Seemingly thinking the ball was foul, Hicks was slow to choose it up as both Rays scored and Franco reached on a double for the 3-0 lead.

Boos rained down on Hicks and a brief Joey Gallo chant in left field.

Randy Arozarena came up next and hit a line drive on the head of Hicks, who got turned around because the ball fell for a double that put the Rays up 4-0.

Hicks had lost his everyday job last month following the arrival of Andrew Benintendi, but recent injuries to Benintendi and a slew of other Yankees resulted in him getting back the lineup more frequently because the No. 3 hitter, believe it or not, on Friday night.

While Hicks had briefly gotten back the fans good graces earlier this week he hit a three-run double on Wednesday and another double Thursday to increase a ninth-inning rally that good will begin to ran from Friday night.

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