The New York Yankees took three out of four from the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend and won their first series since the beginning of the month against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The infield transformed into the infield fans were promised before spring training—Gleyber Torres made his major league debut at second base, finally joining fellow prospect and third baseman Miguel Andujar.
Luis Severino was the ace fans expected, negotiating trouble spots with ease, going seven innings and giving up three hits, one run, one home run (to Teoscar Hernandez) two walks and six strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 2.32. Yankees manager Aaron Boone told MLB.com’s Danny Knobler:
“To get us through seven was huge,” Boone said. “That’s what an ace looks like.”
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The story of this game was Andujar’s four hit day against Marcus Stroman and the Jays bullpen—scoring a pair of doubles and two infield singles on the day.
Andujar told Knobler after Sunday’s game:
“To me, it’s about getting an opportunity and doing your job,” Andujar said through an interpreter. “I’m getting a great opportunity.”
Andujar is not only getting opportunities and making the most of them at the plate, he’s begun doing so on a consistent basis. In the last six games, Andujar is hitting .308. He has gone 13-25 with seven doubles, a triple and two home runs.
While Torres went 0-4 on the day, he looked comfortable in the field and no doubt will relax at the plate and get the bat going soon.
It was a game in which every Yankee player was under 30:
This is 1st time since May 9, 1943 that Yankees have starting lineup with all 9 players under age 30 in a game this early into season (first 20 games).
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) April 22, 2018
with Austin Romine being the oldest player in the game at 29. Yankee fans can look forward to the energy, elite skills and enthusiasm that this young team brings to the game every night.