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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.

Big First Inning Fuels Yanks over Jays as Sevy Gets Win Number 14


The opening game in this series on Friday was plagued by another poor Sonny Gray performance, yet the Yanks had reason for optimism on Saturday, as their ace Luis Severino was on the hill. The optimism was well deserved, as Severino added to his MLB league lead in wins, picking up number 14 and riding a big performance by the offense as the Yanks took this one 8-5.
 
Photo Credit: AP Fred Thornhill The Canadian Press
The game began with a bang, as Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge went back-to-back to start off the game, putting Blue Jay starter and possible future Yankee J.A Happ on the ropes, as many viewed this as an unofficial audition for his possible new team. However, Happ would continue to pitch subpar, completely losing the strike zone and would not even make it out of the third inning. Brandon Drury added in on the fun in the opening frame and ripped a two-run double to give the Yankees four first inning runs. 
 
Photo Credit: AP Fred Thornhill The Canadian Press
Severino took the mound with a commanding lead, yet did not pitch up to his usual standards.  Sevy was having command issues throughout this game and uncharacteristically gave up a two run home run to Kevin Pillar in the second. Sevy would settle down enough to keep the Yanks ahead Happ left the game in the third, which did not matter to Gardy as he drove home two more with his triple against the new Jays reliever. Gardner would score later in the inning on a passed ball to make it 6-2 Yanks. 

Severino went five innings, and was relieved by Jonathan Holder, D- Rob, Betances, Chapman, and Chasen Shreve; a busy day for the bullpen to say the least. Aaron Hicks and Chapman were both removed from the game prematurely, as Hicks had cramping in his leg while Chappy had a similar issue: let knee tendinitis. Aaron Boone stated after the game that neither injury would require further testing, and both players should be good to go. The game ended with Shreve on the mound, who gave up his eighth home run of the year, before finishing off the 8-5 Yankees win. 

Photo Credit: AP Fred Thornhill The Canadian Press

Winning Pitcher: Luis Severino: (14-2, 2.12 ERA): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Losing Pitcher: J.A Happ: (10-5, 4.44 ERA): 2.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 BB, 5 K

What’s Next?
The Yankees and Blue Jays will face off tomorrow at 1:07 PM ET, as Domingo German gets the ball on a Sunday in the rubber match of the series, as the Yanks will once again need to get some distance out of the youngster with a doubleheader looming Monday.

News and Notes:
·         Clint Frazier called up to MLB roster.
·         David Hale DFA’ed
·         Johnny Loaisiga headed to the DL due to shoulder inflammation.
·         Tyler Austin activated for Scranton.

Article by: Matt Luzzi

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