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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.

Yankees power four homers in 7-2 win over Mariners


On a warm breezy night in the Bronx, The Bombers were able to take the first game of a three game home stand with the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, by the score of 7-2. The Yankees clubbed four home runs to win their second game in a row.
 
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Action picked up immediately, when in the top of the first slugging, outfielder, Mitch Haniger lined a shot off of Miguel Andujar’s glove, but quickly recovered to get Jean Segura out at second. Dee Gordon scored on the play and Haniger went to first. Domingo German escaped the inning shortly after. Seattle starting pitcher Marco Gonzales was set to face Giancarlo Stanton, who sent his seventeenth bomb of the season 426 feet into Monument Park to knot things up at one a piece. The bats were silenced through the next four innings, as German cruised out of the fifth inning.

Gonzales took the mound in the bottom of the fifth and served up two two-run long balls to tally Miguel Andujar’s ninth, and Aaron Hicks’ (who has been on an absolute tear) tenth, respectively. The Yankees jumped out to a very nice 5-1 headed into the seventh inning.

German did not give up a single earned run until Nelson Cruz took him deep for his eighteenth home run on the year, which inched the Mariners back to 5-2. Later in the seventh, after Andujar reached base for the second time, former Yankee Nick Rumbelow came in to relieve Gonzales, who gave up six runs while striking out five batters. Aaron Hicks subsequently singled to reach base, which set up the great Aaron Judge who slapped a base hit that scored Andujar and made the score 6-2.

Oh, and in case you’re watching the Gleyber Torres show, he sent his fourteenth home run in the eighth inning and it still hasn’t come down yet. The Yankees were able to secure the win 7-2, with German striking out a nasty nine batters, while only allowing two runs.

What’s Next?
The Yankees look to win three out of their last four games as they send rookie Jonathan Loaisiga (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound, who his coming off the heels of a magnificent debut versus Tampa Bay. Seattle will rebuttal with veteran Felix Hernandez (6-6, 5.44 ERA) who is seemingly a shell of his former all-star form, yet maintains a 3.07 ERA versus the Yankees in his career.

Article by: Gianmarco Castronovo

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