One down, 62 for Aaron Judge and many more to go for the Yankees.
In his first game as captain, starting a repeat of his 62-home run season against the team that nearly lured him out of New York, Judge hit a home run in his first plate appearance of the season. Crushed the run.
It served as an overture to the Yankees’ picture-perfect Opening Day, which featured six shutout innings by Gerrit Cole, a stolen base for Anthony Volpe in his MLB debut, and a 5–0 rout over the Giants on Thursday afternoon in The Bronx. Victory was included.
Judge went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles, adding a blowout RBI single later in the game, as the Yankees and their $360 million outfielder started the season off on the right foot.
Cole struck out 11 – a new franchise record for Opening Day – in six shutout innings before handing the ball to a trio of Yankees relievers to close out the game.
Between the return of Judge, the dominance of Cole and the arrival of Volpe, it was a joyous occasion for a sellout crowd of 46,172 in a sun-scorched but cold stadium.
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Starting his fourth season in the Pinstripes, Cole walked the first batter he faced on four pitches.
But it was not an indication of how his day would go, as he went on to strike out the next three hitters, all on sliders, and then recorded his first seven outs via strikeout.
Volpe’s first major league plate appearance came in the bottom of the third inning, when he scored a full count before drawing a walk.
He then stole first base, swiping second on a strike pitch to DJ LeMahieu.
The 21-year-old shortstop finished the day 0-for-2 with some nice defensive plays.
Gleyber Torres, who was the subject of offseason trade rumors but made it through the Opening Day roster, extended the Yankees’ lead by hitting a two-run home run to right field in the fourth inning.
Torres homered in right field with Giancarlo Stanton on DH, scoring Josh Donaldson from first base to make it 3–0.
DJ LeMahieu, who was healthy after ending last year with a foot injury, added an RBI single in the seventh inning.
Wendy Peralta, Jonathan Loisiga and Ron Marinaccio combined for three innings of relief to earn the win.