Troy Tulowitzki wasted no time in introducing himself as a Yankee with a second-pitch home run to lead off the game. LHP James Paxton tossed two scoreless innings and the Yankees pitchers combined to allow just one hit in a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays.
Things to know about Monday's game
1. Tulowitzki made one heck of a first impression. The 34-year-old shortstop lined a fastball from former teammate Marcus Stroman into right field just left of the foul pole to put the Yankees up 1-0. Tulowitzki, who was released by the Blue Jays this offseason after missing all of last year, was giddy running around around the bases, pumping his fist and shouting.
2. Paxton was also making his Yankees debut and struggled early, walking two batters in the first inning but managed to escape the inning without allowing a hit. He had an easy 1-2-3 second inning and finished his day with two strikeouts.
3. It was not just Paxton who impressed on the mound on Monday. All six Yankees pitchers -- Paxton, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Phillip Diehl and Jonathan Holder -- combined to throw nine shutout innings and allowed just one hit, which came against German in the fourth inning before he proceeded to strike out the side. Green was the only pitcher who did not record a strikeout.
4. Aaron Judge played in his first Spring Training game and just missed hitting a home run in the third inning when he ripped a line drive that one-hopped off the left field wall for a double. Catcher Kyle Higashioka also provided some power with a solo home run in the second inning.
Troy Tulowitzki HOMERS in his first at-bat in pinstripes. pic.twitter.com/lbyht9TWlT- YES Network (@YESNetwork) February 25, 2019
Kyle Higashioka BLASTED a second-inning home run in the Yankees' 3-0 victory over the Blue Jays. pic.twitter.com/zlizpLwBQf- YES Network (@YESNetwork) February 25, 2019
The Yankees host the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. at George M. Steinbrenner Field.