J.A. Happ pitched six strong innings and won his Yankees’ debut as the Yanks beat KC 6-3 on Sunday afternoon. Monday is an off day.
Before the game the Yanks sent Caleb Frare, who spent most of the year at AA Trenton, to the White Sox for $1.5MM in international bonus $$$. They also received $1MM of that in the Shreve/Gallegos deal with St. Louis.
The Yanks jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Didi walked and Hicks homered (17) off the foul screen.
In the fourth, Hicks doubled and scored on an Andujar single, 3-0.
To the fifth, and Gardner and Stanton singled to lead off the inning. A groundout by Didi moved both runners up. Hicks walked to load the bases and a groundout by Torres made it 4-0. Bird singled to make it 5-0.
The Yanks gave up 3 HR in the game, but thank goodness, all were solo shots. Happ gave up one to Salvador Perez (he killed the Yanks this weekend) to make it 5-1 Yanks.
The Yanks got one back in the bottom of the sixth. Walker was HBP and Romine doubled. Stanton got the run in with a SF.
Green gave up a HR in the seventh and Robertson (I’m concerned about them, both Green and Robertson, lately) gave up one in the eighth. Final, 6-3 Yanks.
Boston won again so the Yanks couldn’t pick up any ground. Still 5 1/2 out.
Hicks 3 for 3, HR, walk, 2 RBI. Scored 2x.
Happ (W, 11-6, 4.05 [combined Tor/NYY]) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.74
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.61
Chapman (S, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93