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Breaking: Yankees acquire LHP James Paxton in exchange for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson, and OF Dom Thompson-Williams

The Yankees have made their first splash of the offseason by acquiring the Big Maple, James Paxton, from the Seattle Mariners. Fresh off his second-consecutive season at the top of the Mariner’s rotation, Paxton did not come cheap as the Yankees traded away their top prospect, Justus Sheffield, along with breakout prospects Erik Swanson and Dominic Thompson-Williams.

The Gleyber Torres Era Begins With a Win

Happy Gleyber Day! The Yankees finally called up their top prospect, Gleyber Torres! Although Torres was unable to record a hit in his debut, the Yankees were still able to pick up a win!
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Didi Gregorius got the Yankees on the board early. With two outs in the first inning, Gregorius smacked the 1-1 pitch from Jaime Garcia into the seats in right to quickly put the Yanks up 1-0.

One inning later, the Yankees were at it again. With two outs and two on, Austin Romine came to the plate. He laced a two run double down the right field line to give the Yankees a three run lead.

As for Luis Severino, he was dealing. The Blue Jays were unable to do anything offensively until the sixth inning. With one out, Severino served up a solo home run to Teoscar Hernandez, cutting their lead to two.
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The Yankees got that run right back in their half of the sixth when Miguel Andujar doubled home Gary Sanchez. Gregorius then added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. 

David Robertson came on in the eighth to relieve Luis Severino, who had pitched seven strong innings. Robertson made quick work of the Jays and then handed the ball off to Aroldis Chapman to finish the job.  Although Chapman walked a couple of batters, he managed to get the job done and close out a Yankees' 5-1 victory. 

With his four hit performance today, Miguel Andujar is now 13 for his last 24 with ten extra base hits to go with his seven runs and RBIs. As a whole, the Yankees win their first series since their home opening two game set against the Rays. They will look to carry this momentum into tomorrow as they try for their third win in a row.


Winning Pitcher: Luis Severino (3-1, 2.32 ERA) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks
Losing Pitcher: Jaime Garcia (2-1, 4.57 ERA) 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks


Notables:
Miguel Andujar: 4-4, 1 RBI, 1 R
Austin Romine: 1-3, 2 RBIs
Didi Gregorius: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R
Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 2 R


Article by: Shawn Maguire




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