All-star third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was slowed by a shoulder issue early in spring training, appeared to be struggling with weak throws across the diamond throughout the game, including one in the sixth inning that pulled first baseman Justin Smoak off the bag. With the team stumbling in midsummer, GM Brian Cashman traded Andrew Miller to the Indians and Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, giving each of the eventual World Series participants a key bullpen component. He will make his 2018 debut on Friday.
You certainly couldn’t fault Happ, who was making the first opening-day start of his career.
New York’s rotation will look strikingly similar as it did past year when they were one of the best in the American League.
“I wasn’t ready for that one”, Stanton said. “Now it’s actually time for me to go out there and just try to be the best pitcher that I can possibly be”.
The highest paid player to start the season will be Mike Trout. He is at his best when he’s establishing his fastball and getting ahead in order to set up his nasty splitter.
Many have speculated whether or not New York’s bright spotlight will be too much to handle for Stanton, but as he said himself, “No one has bigger expectations for me than myself”. “You want to get the first one out of the way and then you can relax”. They were obtained by the AP from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses for players on the 25-man active roster and disabled lists.
Bird had surgery to remove a small broken spur on the outside of the right ankle.
A media tasting event at Yankee Stadium on Monday showcased some of the new food and drink items being sold this season.
What many fans will be excited to see for the first time on Thursday is the bash brothers. He is now in Tampa. Batting two, three and four in the Yankee lineup will be Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. With second baseman Tyler Wade also in the mix, Boone feels like he has three players for two positions. There is no timetable for his return.
The time being right is the story of the new look Yankees.
The four-game series continues Friday night, with Aaron Sanchez starting for the Jays against Masahiro Tanaka.
Stanton began his Yankees career in style, hitting the hardest-hit opposite-field home run since Major League Baseball began tracking exit velocity in 2015, adding an RBI double and a second homer into the center-field party deck in the ninth.