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Yoan Moncada wears mask during White Sox-Yankees game due to smoke

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The Yankees and White Sox returned to the field Thursday, but signs of air-quality concerns were all around them.

Smoke was present, if not nearly as present as it was a day earlier.

The crowd for the first game of a doubleheader was sparse, undoubtedly affected by fans avoiding the outdoors.

A White Sox player even took particular precaution regarding the air he breathed.

Chicago third baseman Yoan Moncada wore a tight covering over his mouth and face both at the plate and in the field during the first game of a doubleheader, after Wednesday’s game in The Bronx was postponed because of the air quality.

Moncada kept the covering over his face for his first-inning at-bat, in which he struck out against Luis Severino with two runners on base.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires traveled south and blanketed much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with air that could be harmful to breathe.


White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada with his face covered during Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Yankees in The Bronx on June 8, 2023.
Robert Sabo for the NY Post

Yoan Moncada wore the face covering due to the wildfire smoke in NYC.
Yoan Moncada wore the face covering due to the wildfire smoke in NYC.
Robert Sabo for the NY Post

The Air Quality Index in The Bronx hovered Thursday afternoon around 150-160, which registered as “unhealthy” — a step up from Wednesday’s air, which registered above 300 and was termed “hazardous.”

“We’ve seen a lot of bizarre over the last few years,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before the game. “A little used to it. … Definitely bizarre but familiar territory.”

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