Stroman might not be a clear cut ace who'd put the Yankees over the top as World Series favorites but he'd certainly be a big piece of the puzzle who could help them get there.
DJ LeMahieu's leadoff homer off Toronto's Clayton Richard in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday night's game in NY gave them home runs in 28 straight games, breaking the record set by the 2002 Texas Rangers. The severity of Stanton's injury was not immediately clear. He slid awkwardly getting thrown out at third base in the first inning and was pulled before the fourth inning, with Brett Gardner as his replacement in left field.
If Stanton needs to go to the IL again, the Yankees could call up outfielders Clint Frazier or Mike Tauchman from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place. The record-setting homer wrapped just around the foul pole.
Chapman recovered to strike out the next two hitters before Randal Grichuk singled to shallow left-center to slice the Yankees' lead to 4-3.
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In his first career start at New York's current ballpark, Richard surrendered home runs to each of the first two batters he faced.
The New York Yankees have homered for the 28th straight game, breaking a major league record. The 2002 Rangers had held the previous mark at 27. The 30-year-old lefty recently pitched victories over the Astros and Chicago White Sox, holding both teams to a combined three earned runs in 11 innings, while accumulating 14 strikeouts. Stanton has only posted one homer since returning, and Judge's homer on Tuesday was his first since April.
The back-to-back shots were the 11th time in franchise history they started a game with consecutive home runs and the Yankees had a 2-0 lead.
Stroman grew up in Long Island, New York and even though he loves the city of Toronto and the Blue Jay's organization he knows there's a good chance he'll be traded in the coming weeks.
It was the type of performance you know the Yankee front office paid close attention to and one that should only increase their interest in adding him to their starting staff. Cortes struck out five over four 4 1/3 innings, also allowing four hits and no walks.