The Yankees jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back as they easily defeated the Blue Jays, 11-0, in their return to Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Box score
1) Aaron Hicks hit an RBI single to put the Yankees on the board during what would become a five-run first inning. Gleyber Torres also had an RBI single and Luke Voit added a two-RBI double in the inning. In the third, Gardner drove in Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton plated two runs with his single.
2) Masahiro Tanaka did his part, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out eight batters in the process. Luis Cessa shouldered the load for New York's bullpen from the seventh inning on, allowing jus three hits in three shutout innings as the Yankees worked with a big lead.
3) Aaron Judge played two innings in right field, marking the first time he returned to major league action since he was sidelined with a broken right wrist.
Highlights from tonight's game
Cutch carries one out. pic.twitter.com/lParQBmx3h- New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 15, 2018
The Yankees activated Aaron Judge, they scored 11 runs, and he didn't even get in the batter's box.
Judge got into the game as a defensive replacement, but it looks like he won't be swinging the bat besides batting practice for bit longer. Regardless, with Judge returning soon, the Yankees' offense will be back at full force and if the rest of the crew is gets things in gear as they did tonight it would certainly boost the club.
On the hill, Tanaka was great again, pushing his scoreless streak to 20 innings. Tanaka has been fantastic since the All-Star break and it is becoming clearer that he should be the Yankees starting pitcher in the Wild Card game.
The Yankees and Blue Jays will return to action on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. CC Sabathia will face Sean Reid-Foley.