After acquiring Sonny Gray in a blockbuster trade with the A’s, the Yankees scored a 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Monday night at Yankee Stadium to improve to 6-1 on their nine-game home stand.
Aaron Judge hit his MLB-leading 34th homer, a 400-foot solo shot to left with one out in the fifth inning.
Luis Severino labored all night, requiring a career-high 116 pitches to get through five innings. Severino allowed one run on four hits, walked three and struck out eight. Severino is 3-0 in his last four starts, allowing just two earned runs in 26 innings over that span.
Severino favored his right knee after landing awkwardly while throwing a changeup in the first. Steve Donohue and Joe Girardi came out to visit with Severino, but he remained in the game. Severino said after the game he was fine.
Tensions escalated briefly when Tommy Kahnle hit Mikie Mahtook in the head with a 98-mph fastball in the sixth. Mahtook let out an angry scream, but remained in the game. Kahnle apologized after Mahtook scored later in the frame. The Tigers hit Jacoby Ellsbury leading off the seventh in response.
Todd Frazier was robbed of his second homer as a Yankee by a leaping Jime Adduci in the sixth. Clint Frazier recorded his 13th extra-base hit, an RBI triple in the seventh.
PLAY OF THE GAME
With a runner on first and no out in the fourth inning, Gary Sanchez hit a grounder with a ton of spin to second. Ian Kinsler was in position to field it and start a 4-3 double play, but he committed an error and both runners were safe. It led to a four-run frame.
After Ian Kinsler’s misplay, Matt Holliday walked to load the bases. Chase Headley (double) and Todd Frazier (single) followed with back-to-back two-RBI hits to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Chase Headley, who notched three hits and two RBI in four at-bats. He has really stabilized first base.
STAT OF THE GAME
Including Monday night, Chase Headley is hitting .383 since the All-Star break (23-for-60).
Luis Severino didn’t have his best command, but was still able to battle through five, the mark of a 23-year-old pitcher who has matured.
Matt Holliday went 0-for-3, striking out three times. He also walked and scored a run.
Tuesday vs. Detroit, 7:05 p.m.; CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.66 ERA) vs. Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 6.18)
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