Yankees LHP J.A. Happ returned from the DL to face the Rangers and threw another quality start in pinstripes, his second in as many tries.
Happ gave up three runs on four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts at Yankee Stadium in a 7-3 win.
"You saw a guy," manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy, "the ability to make pitches in different spots. … Nothing really fazes him, whether he's off for a hitter, or is having success, he continues to just execute, there's no emotional deviance. He's just really, really steady out there."
Happ breezed through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners (twice hitting Shin-Soo Choo by pitch). In the fourth, Happ gave up his first run on his first hit allowed: solo home run to Jurickson Profar.
In the fifth, Happ ran into more trouble. After a lead off walk and single, Choo was able to put his bat on the ball rather than his body, smacking a two-run double, cutting the Yankees' lead to 5-3. Happ escaped the inning without further damage.
The Yankees added more run support for Happ in the bottom of the fifth, before the southpaw worked a clean sixth, and the Yankees again added to their lead.
Happ exited the game after six innings in line for the win, throwing 94 pitches (64 strikes). His ERA with the Yankees is now 3.00.
"I did what I could out there," Happ said. "I would've liked to have gone one or two more [innings], but after a layoff, I thought it was a good start."