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Yankees’ bottom of the order sparks shutout win over Blue Jays

The schedule-makers threw the Yankees into the deep finish to start out off the year. 

But they got here out of their season-opening, seven-game intestine verify with their heads above water, ending it off on a excessive be aware Thursday evening in The Bronx. 

Luis Severino appeared extra like his outdated self than in his first begin of the season, tossing 5 shutout innings, and the bottom of the Yankees’ lineup picked up the slack offensively to mix for a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays. 

Aroldis Chapman made issues dramatic in the ninth inning, by no means discovering his command as he walked the bases loaded with out recording an out. But Michael King changed him and struck out George Springer on three pitches earlier than getting Bo Bichette to hit a smooth liner that DJ LeMahieu became a double play to finish it. 

In a recreation that was delayed 90 minutes by rain, the Yankees break up the sequence with the AL East favorites and completed their homestand towards the Red Sox and Blue Jays with a document of 4-3. 

Luis Severino
Luis Severino pitched 5 scoreless innings.
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Luis Severino reacts during the Yankees' win over the Blue Jays.
Luis Severino reacts throughout the Yankees’ win over the Blue Jays.
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“I think we have a chance to be a really good team,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned earlier than the recreation when requested for his impressions from the first week of the season. “I think we play in a really good division, where it’s going to be super-competitive all season, all summer long. We’ve jumped right in here with the Red Sox and Blue Jays and faced a lot of good arms. We’ve obviously faced good lineups. It’s going to be a fun, tough season that my early signs say we’re equipped to handle this. My expectations are high.” 

Severino labored round early site visitors earlier than settling in and mowing down the Blue Jays (4-3). Perhaps most spectacular, he struck out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3 times, an evening after the Blue Jays star went 4-for-4 with three dwelling runs and a double. On Thursday, Guerrero went 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts. 

After the third strikeout of Guerrero to finish the fifth inning — and Severino’s evening after 83 pitches — the right-hander set free a guttural scream and slapped his glove as he walked off the mound. In his second begin since getting back from Tommy John surgical procedure, Severino gave up simply two hits and two walks whereas hanging out six. 

Jose Trevino hits an RBI single in the 5th inning.
Jose Trevino hits an RBI single in the fifth inning.
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The Yankees acquired their run help towards Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman from the Nos. 8 and 9 spots of their lineup, which had been one thing of a black gap in the first week of the season. Entering Thursday, the bottom two hitters in the Yankees’ lineup had been 3-for-42, however Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jose Trevino flipped the script. 

They mixed to go 5-for-6, with Kiner-Falefa scoring each runs and Trevino driving him in each instances. 

The duo first related in the third inning. Kiner-Falefa lifted a one-out single to left area, then took second on a Gausman balk. Trevino got here up subsequent and roped one other single to left area, which took a brief hop that acquired away from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and allowed Kiner-Falefa to attain for the 1-0 lead. 

They did it once more in the fifth inning, which Kiner-Falefa stored alive with a two-out double drilled via the left aspect. Trevino then blooped a single to left area to attain Kiner-Falefa, placing the Yankees forward 2-0. 

Isiah Kiner-Falefa is greeted in the dugout after scoring on Jose Trevino's RBI single.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa is greeted in the dugout after scoring on Jose Trevino’s RBI single in the third inning.
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The coronary heart of the lineup chipped in an insurance coverage run in the eighth inning, as Aaron Judge doubled and ultimately scored on a Giancarlo Stanton groundout. 

Severino, in the meantime, made certain the Blue Jays by no means acquired going. 

There was a short hiccup in the first inning, when Severino’s 98 mph fastball ran up and in to plunk Gurriel on the left hand. As Gurriel was tended to, Severino appeared to change phrases with the Blue Jays dugout, however the state of affairs was rapidly defused. 

Severino then loaded the bases with one out in the second inning — with some assist from an Anthony Rizzo fielding error — however he set down Springer and Bichette to flee the jam, occurring to retire 11 of the remaining 12 batters he confronted.

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