The New York Yankees hosted their third intrasquad exhibition game on Saturday evening, with J.A. Happ starting for the first time.
Happ is looking to return from a tumultuous 2019 campaign, as he posted a 4.91 ERA and allowed 34 home runs, a career-high. He also allowed 88 earned runs and struck out 140 batters over 161.1 innings.
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His return is essential for the Yankees during a condensed, regular season where health and starting quality is needed. As management continues to iron out the starting roster and who they can rely on, on an everyday basis, Happ performed adequately in his first exhibition action.
He finished the night with three innings pitched, recording four strikeouts, one walk, and one earned run.
However, one of the more exciting portions of the game was Gary Sanchez and his return to offensive form. He roped a double to the outfield that scored a run.
Sanchez had been struggling the past few games due to a lack of timing, which seemed to alleviate for a moment against one of the Yankees’ starting arms. This was vintage Gary, and the Yankees need to see more of this as they inch closer Opening Day on July 23.
An absolute rocket double off the bat of Gary Sanchez pic.twitter.com/eKB8g4mNjF
— Kyle Kondor ⚾️ (@KyleNYY) July 11, 2020