The Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 14-7 on Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Friday's game...
1) James Paxton was pulled after pitching just one inning against the Rangers, allowing two earned runs. According to the team, the Yankees pulled him due to a tight left glute, saying that his exit was mainly precautionary. The left-hander entered the game looking to come out on the winning side of the decision for the 11th straight time, but it wasn't meant to be on Friday.
2) Giancarlo Stanton got things started with a bang for the Yankees in the first inning, smashed a no-doubt solo home run over the wall in left-center field. Stanton's third home run of the year was the start of a great night for the outfielder at the plate, as he went 3-for-3 with three runs driven in and two walks. It was another great sign for the Yankees heading into the playoffs.
3) Stanton's blast was far from the Yankees' last home run of the night. The Bombers lived up to their name, blasting six home runs off of Rangers pitching. Aside from Stanton, Cameron Maybin, Brett Gardner, Gio Urshela, Mike Ford, and Austin Romine all went yard.
4) After Paxton lasted just one inning, the Yankees had to mix and match in their bullpen to get the final 24 outs on the mound. Ben Heller, Stephen Tarpley, Jonathan Loaisiga, Cory Gearrin, and Tyler Lyons all pitched one inning. Michael King then pitched two innings of relief. In the ninth, Chance Adams gave up four earned runs in just a third of an inning, before Nestor Cortes Jr. came in to end things.
5) As a team, the Yankees hammered out 18 hits. Seven Yankees had multi-hit games, while Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez were the only Yankees starters who didn't record a hit.
The Yankees and Rangers play the second of thier three-game set on Saturday at 8:05 p.m. Luis Severino will take the mound for the Yankees, while the Rangers have yet to announce their starter.