With the franchise's youngest lineup in 48 years, the Yankees improved to 4-2 on their 10-game homestand with a 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Luis Severino, 24, struck out six batters in seven strong innings, while 23-year-old Miguel Andujar went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI as the Yankees' starting lineup featured no players over the age of 30 for the first time since 1989.
"We've worked really hard -- long before I got here -- at building this organization from the ground up," manager Aaron Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "Feel like we're in position not only to be a really good team in the short term but in the long term, and I think that's a result of that."
While 21-year-old Gleyber Torres, who made his MLB debut, was the youngest position player in the lineup, catcher Austin Romine, 29, was the oldest. The average age of New York's lineup was 26 years, 46 days, the youngest since Sept. 26, 1970, according to STATS Inc., Boland writes.
"It just speaks volumes about our team," Romine said. "We've got a lot of youth and our [player development is] doing a great job with them all and you're seeing it come to fruition now."
Didi Gregorius, 28, homered in the first inning while Romine hit a two-run double in the second. Andujar, who has a .308/.327/.596 batting line his rookie season, added an RBI double in the sixth.
The run support was more than enough for Severino (4-1), whose lone blip was a solo home run to Teoscar Hernandez in the top of the sixth inning. He pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam in the third inning and around a leadoff double in the fourth as he lowered his ERA to 2.32.
"He struggled a couple of innings where he lost his command a little bit, but that's what an ace looks like,'' Boone said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin. "When he's not perfect, to still be able to go out there, drive through seven for us."