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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.

Homers by Hicks, Higgy, and Stanton power Yankees past Braves in 8-5 win

In a lineup initially missing rookie phenom Gleyber Torres, the Yankees were able to even up the series with a suspenseful 8-5 win against Atlanta. Despite a short performance from German and an exhausted bullpen, the Bombers took game two on a beautiful Bronx night.  
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The action got started early in the Bronx with a two-run homer from Aaron Hicks, who now has nine home runs in his last 17 games. In the bottom of the second, Kyle Higashioka earned his second Major League hit as well as his second career HR with a long fly ball to left. 

Brandon Drury collected an RBI after being walked with the bases loaded, which was the final strike for Braves’ starter Sean Newcomb. The potential All-Star was replaced after a meager 2.2 innings by Luke Jackson. Higashioka walked to earn his third career RBI, but Neil Walker’s bad luck continued as he sharply lined out to first for what could have been a multiple-run hit. Instead, the inning was over. In the bottom of the fourth, Brett Gardner scored on a wild pitch by Jackson to make it 6-0.  

Domingo German needed a long outing in this game as just about the entire bullpen was used last night, but he was removed after 4.1 innings. Things got messy for German in the fifth as he gave up four straight hits with one out. Two home runs by Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies cut the Yankees’ lead in half. A.J. Cole pitched a clean 1.2 innings, but Adam Warren surrendered a two-run bomb to Nick Markakis. Just like that, the Yanks’ lead was cut to one run. 
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Chasen Shreve was the only unused man left in the bullpen from the previous night, making for a tense eighth inning. Shreve narrowly escaped blowing the lead, but he got the job done and prevented himself from another night of condemnation by Yankee fans. Giancarlo Stanton came through with a two-run homer, extending the lead to 8-5 late in the game. With a comfortable lead, Aroldis Chapman closed out the game to give the Yankees their 55th win.  

What’s Next? 
The series finale on this Fourth of July will feature CC Sabathia facing off against Julio Teheran. Sabathia is looking to add another win to his 5-3 record, where he has maintained an impressive 3.02 ERA. In his last outing, Teheran pitched six shutout innings. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05 PM ET on YES. 

Article by: Isabella Anton

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