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Powered by two home runs from Juan Soto, the Yankees defeat the Mariners.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees ended their first two-game losing streak in three weeks on Wednesday night, defeating the Seattle Mariners 7-3 thanks to two home runs apiece from Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, and Alex Verdugo. With a home run from both Judge and Soto, Nestor Cortes (3-4) persevered through five scoreless innings to lead the AL-leading Yankees (34-17) to a 3-0 lead. Soto and Judge both drove Bryce Miller (3-5) in opposite fields for three home runs. “Because I’m heading in the opposite direction, these homers were really exciting for me,” Soto stated. With his second multihomer of the homestand and his 19th career, Soto finished with three RBIs. He has forty RBIs and 13 home runs, whereas Judge has 14 (eleven since late April) and 34 RBIs.

Cal Raleigh broke reliever Luke Weaver’s 18-inning scoreless streak in the eighth inning with a three-run home run, giving the Yankees a 5-0 lead. In the bottom half, Verdugo drove in two runs off Austin Voth. In the opening inning, Anthony Volpe reached on an infield single, and Judge responded with a first-pitch slider into the right-field seats in a matchup between the leaders of the division. Of the 73 home runs the Yankees have hit, 15 have come in the opening inning, seven of them by Judge and all Major League records. After Volpe singled in the third, Soto blasted a full-count sinker into the visitors’ bullpen in left. On Miller’s first pitch in the fifth, Soto connected on another sinker. He admired his first plate as he stood there homer, then watched the second while starting his trot.

During an eighth-inning pitching change, Judge, Soto, and Verdugo entertained the fans by competing in a cheering contest between separate bleacher sections. Judge stated, “It’s just a good way to get the crowd into it.” “Get them a little rowdy, man; all they want to do is smile.” With 22 foul balls in the first three innings, Seattle increased Cortes’ pitch count, resulting in three hits, three walks, and six strikeouts. In the first and third innings, he used 27 pitches; in the second, he only needed 20. “It feels good to come back out for the second inning with a 2-0 lead,” Cortes remarked. Mitch Garver’s drive in the third inning would have been a home run had it not struck the left-field wall almost a foot from the top in 11 big league ballparks but Garver wound up with just a single that put runners at the corners. Raleigh followed with an inning-ending groundout.

Cortes has a 1.13 ERA at home and a 6.75 ERA away from home. For the third time in team history, the Yankees have started ten straight games of at least five innings while giving up two runs or fewer, following 1968 and 1997. After bouncing back from inflammation in his shoulder, right-hander Tommy Kahnle made his season debut, delivering a spotless sixth inning while running from the bullpen to the mound. In six innings, Miller allowed five hits and five runs. In his six starts in April, he was 3-2 with a 2.04 ERA; however, in his four May appearances, he is 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA.

In exchange for catcher Blake Hunt, Seattle received right-hander Mike Baumann and Minor League catcher Michael Pérez from Baltimore. Additionally, the left-hander Jonathan Díaz from Tacoma was selected by the Mariners, and his contract was optioned to the Triple-A farm team. On February 7, Díaz signed a Minor League contract, to which he was free to opt out. In eight starts and one relief appearance, he was 6-1 with a 3.18 ERA with the Rainiers.

ROOM FOR TRAINER

Mariners: Jorge Polanco was 0-for-4 in his return to second base following a seven-game absence due to a tight right hamstring.

Yankees: third base Due to a broken right foot, DJ LeMahieu will play for Class A Brooklyn on Thursday. Over the weekend, he will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he will probably play for the Yankees again the following week against the Los Angeles Angels.R.H. The San Diego series this weekend may activate Ian Hamilton (COVID-19 IL)…R.H. Manager Aaron Boone stated that JT Brubaker, who was acquired from Pittsburgh on the second day of the season, is expected to be available by the middle of the season. As of April 12, 2023, Brubaker is recuperating from Tommy John surgery…R.H. Boone claims that Scott Effross, who underwent Tommy John surgery on October 13, 2022, needed back surgery in December, suffered a knee issue, and has been throwing bullpens, “and is moving in a good direction.” Effross is almost ready to throwing batting practice.

 

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