TAMPA — Three days into spring training baseball, the Yankees have been impressive.

Nobody is hitting the contenders for the two open rotation spots, nobody can run on Gary Sanchez, new DH Matt Holliday looks ready to have a big reason season and the Baby Bombers have been putting on a show.

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Sunday was another feel-good day for the Yankees, who thumped the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 at Steinbrenner Field to make it two wins in three spring games.

Right-hander Luis Severino’s quest to be a starter included a very good first start: Two scoreless innings, no hits, one walk.

This outing followed ones by three other contenders who each set down six hitters in a row in their first outings, Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa last Friday, then Adam Warren on Saturday.

The Yankees took a 3-0 second-inning lead Sunday on a three-run homer by second baseman Starlin Castro.

Outfielder prospect Billy McKinney added a two-run shot in the seventh inning.

Other Sunday highlights included Sanchez gunning down two Blue Jays basestealers in the third inning and Holliday going 1-for-with an opposite-field single to right and RBI groundout in two at-bats for a .750 average (3-for-4) over his first two games as a Yankee.


  • Monday: Yankees at Baltimore Orioles at Sarasota, 1:05 p.m., RHP Chad Green (2-4, 4.73 ERA in 2016) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44 ERA in 2016), MLB Network
  • Tuesday: Yankees (split squad) at Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, 1:05 p.m. TBA vs. RHP Luis Cessa (0-0, 0.00, 2 IP in spring), no TV/radio
  • Tuesday: Detroit Tigers vs. Yankees in Tampa, 1:05 p.m., TBA vs. Masahiro Tanaka (14-4, 3.07 ERA in 2016), no TV/radio

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