The Yankees faced the first of their American League East opponents this afternoon as the Toronto Blue Jays made their way in from Dunedin. Luis Severino was making one of his few starts before heading to the World Baseball Classic and Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the lineup for the first time this Spring. The Yankees, however, got the bats working as they beat the Blue Jays 7-2 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.
The Yankees scored three in the second inning on a three-run home run by Starlin Castro. In the third, Matt Holliday had a RBI groundout, and in the fifth Brett Gardner hit a RBI single to score Aaron Hicks.
Severino pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of the Spring. Johnny Barbato pitched two scoreless innings, Jason Gurka pitched a scoreless frame, Brady Lail gave up two runs in his inning of work, J.P. Feyereisen pitched two scoreless innings and J.R. Graham pitched a scoreless frame.
— The Yankees head to Sarasota where they’ll play against the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will be on MLB.TV.