Recap courtesy of New York Yankees and Bryan Hoch
NEW YORK -- Big-swinging Luke Voit
picked up where he left off at the end of last season and Masahiro
Tanaka snapped his string of subpar Opening Day efforts, leading the
Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Orioles on Thursday afternoon at
Voit, who helped the Yankees secure a postseason berth by slugging 14
homers in 39 games after his late-July acquisition, cracked a three-run
blast in the first inning as part of a four-RBI performance. Greg Bird
also hit an eighth-inning shot for the Yanks, who set a Major League
record with 267 homers last season.
Pressed into Opening Day duty following an early-March injury to ace
Luis Severino, Tanaka pitched into the sixth inning, enjoying success
against the Orioles after going 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA in his three
previous season-opening efforts. Tanaka permitted two runs (one earned),
scattering six hits and striking out five without issuing a walk.
New York’s fourth run scored on a Miguel Andujar double-play ball in
the third inning. Orioles starter Andrew Cashner permitted six runs on
six hits and four walks over four-plus innings, leaving two men on in
the fifth. Mike Wright Jr. hit Voit on the left elbow to force home a
run, and Andujar lifted a sacrifice fly.
Adam Ottavino pitched 1 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings in
his Yankees debut, striking out three. The Yankees won their second
consecutive Opening Day contest after losing six straight from 2012-17.
New York improved to 6-2 all-time in March, including 2-1 last year.