Red Sox 1B Steve Pearce exits game vs Yanks with back spasms

              Boston Red Sox first baseman Michael Chavis waits for a pitch to New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 31, 2019, in New York. Chavis entered the game in the second inning after replacing starting first baseman first baseman Steve Pearce, who left the game with back spasms. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW YORK (AP) — First baseman Steve Pearce has been removed from Boston’s game against the New York Yankees because of back spasms.

Pearce fouled out against J.A. Happ in the second inning Friday night and was replaced on defense by Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis in the bottom half. The team says Pearce is day to day.

Pearce, the World Series MVP last year, began the night batting only .182 with one home run and nine RBIs. A major nemesis to the Yankees the past few years, he has six homers off Happ — his most against any pitcher and the most the left-hander has allowed to any hitter.