He just wants someone else to take over in the second inning.
Severino pitched five innings to earn his major league-leading 14th win
Severino (14-2) won his fifth straight start, allowing three runs and five hits. Two of the hits off Severino were home runs, marking the first time this season that he has allowed more than one homer in a game. Severino has allowed three earned runs or less in 16 consecutive starts.
”He’s been everything you want an ace to be,” Boone said.
The All-Star rosters will be announced Sunday, although starting pitchers for each league won’t be named until the day before the game.
”I’d love to see him start, and go one inning,” Boone said.
Jonathan Holder, David Robertson, Dellin Betances each worked one inning and Aroldis Chapman got the first out of the ninth before leaving with a sore left knee, the same injury that has bothered him for several weeks.
”Just a little more discomfort than what I usually have been feeling,” Champman said through a translator.
With the Yankees ahead by four runs, Boone wasn’t about to take any chances.
”He said he was fine to continue but I just didn’t want to mess with it,” Boone said.
Chasen Shreve finished for New York, giving up a solo homer to Aledmys Diaz.
Gardner connected on left-hander J.A. Happ’s first pitch of the game, the 14th leadoff homer of his career and first time he’s gone deep on the opening pitch.
Judge piled on when he homered on Happ’s fifth pitch, his 25th of the season.
”He does a good job of really painting the corners and mixing his pitches well,” Judge said of Happ.” We were able to capitalize on a couple that were out over the plate.”
Happ (10-5), a potential trade target for the Yankees, had a dreadful audition. He allowed six runs and four hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest start of the season.
”You never know what’s speculation
Happ matched season-worsts by allowing seven runs and 10 hits in his previous outing, last Sunday against Detroit. It’s the first time in Happ’s career that he has allowed at least six earned runs in consecutive starts. Happ has lost back-to-back outings following a six-game winning streak.
Brandon Drury hit a two-run double in the first and Gardner hit a two-run triple in the fifth before scoring on catcher Luke Maile’s passed ball.
Toronto’s Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer in the second and Randal Grichuk added a solo shot in the fourth.
New York outfielder Aaron Hicks left after four innings because of a sore left hamstring. Clint Frazier came on to play left field in the bottom of the fifth, with Gardner moving from left to center.
Boone said Hicks will get the day off Sunday in the hopes that he’ll be ready to return for Monday’s doubleheader at Baltimore.
Home plate umpire Lance Barrett made two ejections, both in the third inning. Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was ejected for arguing balls and strikes from the bench moments before Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was also tossed for arguing.
CATCH OF THE DAY
Toronto’s Curtis Granderson made a sensational diving catch to retire Kyle Higashioka for the final out of the first.
WALK THIS WAY
The Yankees drew 10 walks, their highest total of 2018. It was the most issued in a single game by the Blue Jays this season.
Yankees: New York recalled Frazier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and designated RHP David Hale for assignment. Hale pitched 5 2-3 innings Friday in relief of RHP Sonny Gray. … C Gary Sanchez (right groin) caught RHP Masahiro Tanaka’s pregame bullpen session and also took two rounds of batting practice. Boone said Sanchez could begin a minor league rehab assignment July 15. … Triple-A RHP Luis Cessa is expected to start the second game of Monday’s doubleheader. Triple-A RHP Jonathan Loaisiga was a candidate for the start but has been ruled out because of a sore shoulder. Boone said Loaisiga had an MRI Friday and will visit New York’s team doctor Monday.
Blue Jays: RHP Rhiner Cruz (right groin) left in the ninth inning. … RHP Preston Guilmet was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. Guilmet was designated for assignment Wednesday.
Yankees RHP Domingo German (2-4, 5.37) faces Blue Jays LHP Ryan Borucki (0-1, 2.77) in Sunday’s series finale. German has failed to complete five innings in his past two starts. Borucki made his home debut against Detroit on Monday, allowing two runs and two hits in seven innings.
It might be a case of the rich getting richer.
When the Nashville Predators host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, they might put 18-year old Eeli Tolvanen in the lineup for his NHL debut, adding potentially more scoring punch to one of the league’s most explosive teams.
Tolvanen scored 19 goals and added 17 assists in 49 games with Jokerit (Finland) in Russia’s KHL, then tallied six goals and an assist in 11 playoff matches. Shortly after his team was bounced from the playoffs, Tolvanen signed a three-year entry-level contract with Nashville.
He arrived in the Music City on Thursday and has practiced with the team the last two days. Coach Peter Laviolette won’t divulge until Saturday if Tolvanen will be in the lineup, but with the team playing a huge game in Tampa Bay on Sunday, common sense would dictate a softer landing spot for his first NHL game.
Regardless, the 5-foot-10, 189-pound Tolvanen is ready to test his skills in the world’s best league.
“It feels kind of crazy that I’m here right now,” Tolvanen said. “It’s been crazy, all the immigration things, all the packing and saying goodbye to all my teammates. It was tough
Tolvanen’s possible debut is just one storyline from what could be a historic night for the Predators (50-16-11). If they beat Buffalo (24-41-12) and Winnipeg loses in regulation at Toronto, they will wrap up their first division title in franchise history.
Nashville’s 5-3 victory over San Jose on Thursday night allowed it to set a franchise record for points with 111, as well as reach the 50-win mark for the second time in team history. It has a three-point lead on Tampa Bay for the NHL’s best record.
The Predators got a tie-breaking goal halfway through the third period from Ryan Ellis and 39 saves from Juuse Saros, including 24 in a wild third period that saw the Sharks’ Logan Couture fail on a potential game-tying penalty shot with less than two minutes left.
“He really did put on an unbelievable performance, especially in the third period,” Laviolette said.
Saros (9-5-7, 2.46 goals-against average, .925 save percentage) might get another start against the Sabres, even though Laviolette usually plays him on the back end of back-to-backs to get starter Pekka Rinne a rest. Rinne (41-11-4, 2.25, .929) blanked Buffalo 4-0 on March 19, making 35 saves.
The Sabres come into town fresh off a 6-3 loss at home Thursday night to Detroit. It will be a homecoming of sorts for first-year coach Phil Housley, who was an assistant for Laviolette the last three years, helping Nashville make a run to the Stanley Cup Finals last spring.
“Saturday night in Nashville is really a tough place to play, and the crowd will be roaring,” Housley said to the Buffalo News. “It’s one of the most entertaining places.”
Chad Johnson (9-13-3, 3.32, .897) will start in net for the Sabres, who own wins in their last two visits to Bridgestone, including a 5-4 verdict last season in which Jack Eichel scored the game-winner in overtime.