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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.

Four homers and CC’s strong seven innings secure win in series opener versus Boston


The Yankees came out against the Red Sox firing on all cylinders as the “best team in baseball” looked overmatch against their rivals from the Bronx. The Yankees shutdown the Red Sox offense which had been red-hot, and they crushed Eduardo Rodriguez who had posted a sub-3.00 ERA for much of the season.
 
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The Yankees struck early as Miguel Andujar singled in a run in the second, and Torres hit a sac-fly to score another in the fourth. Then, the long ball took over as the rest of the Yankees’ eight runs came off the homer.

Andujar got the party started with a two-run home run to left field, which increased the Yankees lead to four runs. Bird followed suit as he went opposite field with his fourth home run of the season to make it the sixth time the Yankees have went back-to-back.

The Sox struck for their only run in the fifth as Andrew Benintendi drove in a run with a double to make it 5-1. CC Sabathia and the Yankees bullpen held the Sox to only six hits and struck out eight hitters while only walking one. Sabathia lowered his ERA to 3.02 after his seven innings of one-run baseball.

The home run derby continued for the Bronx Bombers as Aaron Judge hit a no-doubt opposite field home run just below the Judge’s Chambers to make it 7-1 in the seventh inning. It was his 21st of the season. Bird continued his great day with his second homer of the game, fifth of the season, to right field.

Chad Green and Chasen Shreve pitched two perfect innings following CC’s departure to close the door versus the Red Sox and secure the 8-1 victory.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will look to secure a series win tomorrow as Chris Sale will oppose Sonny Gray in the Bronx. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 and will be broadcasted on FOX.

Article by: Ryan Thoms

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