TORONTO (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka pitched six sharp innings and the New York Yankees did fine without any pop from their sluggers, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Friday night.
Giancarlo Stanton, who homered twice and doubled a day earlier in the opener, went 0 for 4. So did big hitters Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Yet the Yankees, under new manager Aaron Boone, improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2011.
Brandon Drury had two hits and two RBIs, Tyler Wade added a two-run double and Didi Gregorius had two extra-base hits and scored twice. Billy McKinney, promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day when outfielder Aaron Hicks went on the disabled list, singled in his first major league at-bat.
Tanaka (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings, striking out eight without a walk. He retired his final 13 batters and is now 10-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 16 career starts against the Blue Jays.
Tommy Kahnle got four outs, David Robertson retired two batters and Aroldis Chapman pitched around Yangervis Solarte’s two-out RBI double to earn his first save.
Randal Grichuk hit his first home run for Toronto but struck out looking to end the game.
Stanton went 0 for 4 struck out twice and Judge fanned once and grounded into a pair of double plays.
Making his first start since last July 19, Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. Sanchez (0-1) walked four and struck out two. The AL ERA leader in 2016, Sanchez was limited to eight starts last season because of persistent blister issues.
Gregorius hit a leadoff triple in the second but was thrown out at home when he ran on contact on Sanchez’s grounder to third. Sanchez later scored on Drury’s two-out double off the right field wall.
Grichuk tied it with a one-out drive in the bottom half, but the Yankees reclaimed the lead in the fourth when Gregorius doubled and scored on Drury’s single.
Wade added his wo-run double in the sixth.
Yankees: Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right ribcage. He will be shut down for three days before resuming activity. He becomes the third outfielder on New York’s DL, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion).
Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki will have surgery Monday to remove bone spurs from both heels and is expected to miss eight weeks. … 3B Josh Donaldson will DH until he recovers from a dead arm that has affected his throwing. While there is no structural damage, Donaldson has been dealing with the problem since early March.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia is 8-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 14 starts at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, his third-lowest career ERA at any stadium.
Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada is 12-5 with a 4.26 ERA in 25 career games against the Yankees. The only team he’s beaten more often is Baltimore (13).
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