Tyler Austin hit two home runs -- including the game-tying homer in the seventh -- but Dellin Betances allowed the deicisive runs in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays went on to beat Yankees on Saturday, 5-3. << Box score
Austin had three RBIs and generated the only runs of the day for the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton hit his second double of the season and Didi Gregorius also doubled, but Neil Walker and Aaron Judge went a combined 0-for-7 at the top of the Yankees' lineup.
CC Sabathia allowed two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out four in five innings on Saturday in his 2018 debut. Adam Warren followed, but was struck by a comebacker and was forced to leave with a bruised ankle before completing an inning.
OF Billy McKinney also left the game with an injury after crashing into the outfield wall. He suffered a left shoulder sprain and X-rays came back negative.
Betances pitched a scoreless seventh inning and recorded four strikeouts on the day. However, he unraveled in the eighth and finished with two runs on three hits and a walk.
The Yankees had a rough day in the injury department and then took the late-inning loss, overshadowing a fine offensive performance by Austin.
The Yankees rotation has pitched well in the first three games, but has yet to provide much distance. Of course, that could have been different in Friday's affair, but Yankees' manager Aaron Boone pulled Masahiro Tanaka after just 79 pitches, despite cruising.
Knowing Sabathia was going to give no more than six innings, it may have behooved Boone to allow Tanaka another frame Friday so that Betances (or any other reliever) would have been needed just for one inning. Betances demonstrated again why he is no longer the type of pitcher that can be relied on for multiple innings. Betances is seemingly still in his own head and until that changes, the Yankees need to take any scoreless frame he provides and move on to the next pitcher.
What's Next: The Yankees wrap up their opening series with the Blue Jas on Sunday at 1:07 p.m.