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Yankees Cruise Past Blue Jays In Season Opener (Highlights)

Start spreading the news, the Yankees are undefeated to begin the regular season after dismantling the Blue Jays on Opening Day. 

  • New York Yankees: 6 (1-0)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: 1 (0-1)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score
  • Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Opening Day couldn’t have gone any better for the New York Yankees, cruising past the Toronto Blue Jays in incredible fashion.

It all began in the first inning following Brett Gardner reached first base safely following an error by Curtis Granderson in left field. Two batters later, Giancarlo Stanton came up for his first at-bat as a Yankee and did not disappoint.

The reigning National League MVP took Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ deep on the second pitch he saw deep to right-center field. The ball was estimated to travel 426 feet with an exit velocity of 117 mph.

The offensive barrage would not stop there.

Fast forward to the fifth inning and Stanton comes up again with an RBI double to left-center field to drive in Aaron Judge and tally his third RBI of the day. Gary Sanchez came up next and cranked a double of his own to center to drive in Stanton.

Brett Gardner began the top of the seventh with a solo home run of his own to right field, traveling an estimated 372 feet with an exit velocity of 96 mph. Not like Stanton, but a home run is a home run.

Giancarlo Stanton was not done, however, mashing another home run in the top of the ninth inning to dead center field off Tyler Clippard.

On the pitching side of things, the Yankees could not have asked for a better start from Luis Severino, who placed third in American League Cy Young voting last season.

The right-hander hurled 5.2 innings while only allowing one hit and striking out seven batters. He struggled with his command early walking three batters, but as he moved along he became more dominant.

Chad Green relieved Severino with one out to go in the sixth and was able to finish the inning and then go on to have a clean inning of work himself in the seventh. Green struck out three batters and did not allow any hits.

Dellin Betances would come in for the eighth inning and would lock in after surrendering a solo home run to Kevin Pillar on his first pitch of the season.

It was all shut down with a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth by Aroldis Chapman to record his first save of the season.

Welcome To New York, Giancarlo

The Yankees could not be happier with what they received from Giancarlo Stanton in his first game with New York. With two home runs and a double already under his belt, his pressure level must be decreasing.

There is no doubt Stanton will be looking to continue his big start with the Yankees on Friday against Aaron Sanchez who better be careful while pitching to the 6-foot-6 beast at the plate.

What’s next

On Friday afternoon the Yankees will play their second game of the season against the Blue Jays on the road in Toronto.

Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound for New York, looking to begin his 2018 campaign on a good note.

Aaron Sanchez will take the ball for the Blue Jays and go up against a very right-handed heavy Yankees lineup.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET on YES Network and can be heard on the radio at WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

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