The Yankees took the rubber game of the three-game series, a 7-0 victory over the Padres at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Four takeaways from Wednesday's game...
1) The Yankees couldn't have asked for anything better than what James Paxton provided this afternoon. After missing almost four weeks, Paxton looked sharper than might have been expected. The four innings of work was to be expected considering his ramp up to being activated, but with the Yanks piecing together the pitching staff as they go, it might have some ramifications later in the week. Paxton's final line - 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 7 K and 17 swinging strikes (he only threw 66 pitches) - was spectacular, giving rise to increased hope that he can stay healthy and remain atop the Yankees rotation.
2) The Yankees greeted vaunted Padres rookie starter Chris Paddack with back-to-back home runs in the first inning to the first two batters in the line-up, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit. Gio Urshela added a solo homer in the second inning. Paddack settled down from there, allowing just one more run across the final three innings.
3 ) Gleyber Torres launched his 14th home run in the seventh inning, giving the Yanks a 7-0 lead. The homer came off ex-Yankee Adam Warren, who coughed up three runs (two earned) in 1 1/3 innings.
4 ) The Yankees bullpen threw five innings of scoreless ball. The group, including Chad Green, who appears to be rounding back into form, was quite sharp. The entirety of the staff will be pressed into work often over the coming days, so hopefully Yankees skipper Aaron Boone can navigate innings accordingly.
The best rivalry in baseball sees another chapter in the Bronx, as the Red Sox come to town for a four-game series. It'll be a battle of lefties, with J.A. Happ and Chris Sale on the hill on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.