Luis Severino pitched three scoreless innings in relief in the New York Yankees' 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Severino twice pitched out of a jam involving a runner in scoring position. He struck out Jose Bautista with a runner on second base to end the sixth inning, and struck out Melvin Upton Jr. with a runner on third base to end the seventh.
Severino, 22, has appeared as a reliever in seven games this season, giving up one unearned run, two hits and six walks in 14 1/3 innings. In nine starts this season, he is 0-8 with an 8.58 ERA.
"He's got a different edge out of the bullpen," Mark Teixeira said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand and Anthony McCarron. "I don't know exactly what it is, maybe he's not holding anything back. He's throwing 98 mph and he's being a little more aggressive. Whatever it is, I like it."
Last season, Severino went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts after a mid-season promotion. He said he still envisions himself a starter long-term.
"I want to be a starter, but right now I'm helping the team as a reliever; that's my job right now," Severino said. "I had a tough year, but right now I'm forgetting about that, throwing pitch by pitch and helping the team win."
Severino helped bridge the gap between spot starter Bryan Mitchell and reliever Tyler Clippard, who filled in for Dellin Betances after he had pitched the last three games in a row.
"He's just electric," catcher Austin Romine said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "There's no fear behind any pitches he throws. It doesn't matter who's hitting. He blew a couple of really good hitters [away] with heaters."