NEW YORK – The Yankees have not been their typical force-finding souls in the spring with most of their big bats on the shelf, but they bent their muscles after two days.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres launched two of the team's four home teams – all solo shots – as the Yankees clubed for a 5-3 victory over Oriole's basement and took the first match on Wednesday's doubleheader at Yankee Stadium after consecutive rainbows earlier in week. 19659003] The second game begins around 17:50 Right-handed Domingo German (7-1, 2.70) will start for the Yankees while Baltimore goes right-handed Andrew Cashner (4-1
The game 1 victory moved the Yankees within a half of the rays for first place in the American League East before the weekend's home series with Tampa Bay. The rays will try to sweep a two-game series against MLB's worst Marlins on Wednesday in Miami while the Yankees finish this shortened series against Orioles.
Prisoner Gary Sanchez and right-wing Cameron Maybin also beat home runs this afternoon to allow the Yankees to overcome early innings fight from southpaw JA Happ, who went 5 1/3 innings to retrieve the win and move to 3-3 in the season.
Happ had allowed two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts to come on Wednesday, but Orioles touched him for three in the first four innings with home runs from right-wing Trey Mancini and named Hitter Renato Nuñez, both solo shoots.
Happ blew the first lead Yankees 25-16) gave him by giving home run to Nuñez in fourth, but he could do the other – via Torre's second run and an RBI single of left field Mike Tauchman to score third bassman Gio Urshela after a three bass error by Mancini in the lower half of the innings.
Happ gave up a leadoff single to start the fifth, but got a double play after that and retired the last three trouble he encountered before being lifted for reliever Adam Ottavino with one out in the sixth. He got five hits, knocked out three and left no one in 62 places. Ottavino combined with Tommy Kaehnle, Zach Britton for 3 2/3 inning of a one-hit shutout relief with five strikeouts before Chapman picked up his 10th rescue time of the ninth season, but not after allowing Orioles to get the tie to run flat.
Sanchez tied the match to 1 at the bottom of the first and blew a mammoth shot after Mancini's two-out homer at the top of the inning. Torres and Maybin then hit a couple of home runs at the bottom of the second after Baltimore (14-27) had taken a 2-1 lead on a RBI double by Austin Wynns.
David Hess (1-5) took the loss for Orioles, enabling all five runs (four earned) on six hits in six innings work with six strikeouts and a walk.