Judge HR, Cole Ks lead Yankees over Giants 5-0 on opening day

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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge followed his record-setting 2022 by homering on his first swing as Yankees captain, starting New York to a 5-0 opening day win over the San Francisco Giants.

Gerrit Cole (1-0) struck out 11 in six scoreless innings, a Yankees record for an opener, and 21-year-old Anthony Volpe went 0 for 2 with a walk, stolen base and two nice defensive plays in his major league debut.

Gleyber Torres added a two-run homer in the fourth and Judge blooped an RBI broken-bat single in a two-run seventh that included DJ LeMahieu’s run-scoring single.

Logan Webb (0-1) struck out 12, the most for the Giants in an opener. Cole and Webb joined Dave McNally and Sam McDowell in 1970, and Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom in 2019 as the only opposing starters with double-digit strikeouts in an opener since 1901.

On the first day of the pitch clock, there was just one violation, on J.D. Davis at the plate in the ninth inning. The game was played in a brisk 2 hours, 33 minutes before a sellout crowd of 46,172 on a sunny, 39-degree afternoon.

Judge hit 62 home runs last year to break the American League record of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. He became a free agent and was courted by San Francisco before signing a $360 million, nine-year deal with the Yankees, who named Judge their first captain since Derek Jeter retired at the end of 2014.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone worried he would see Judge introduced on the third-base line with the Giants. Instead, Judge was in a usual outfield spot for the Bleacher Creatures Roll Call, then took a strike and hit a thigh-high cutter 422 feet into the netting above Monument Park in center field for home run of the new MLB season.

Volpe, who had about 60 family members on hand, walked on a full-count pitch in the third, grounded out in the fifth and struck out in the seventh.

Cole allowed three singles and broke the Yankees strikeout record for an opener set by Tim Leary with nine in 1991. Among those he fanned was his brother-in-law, Brandon Crawford.

Wandy Peralta, Jonathan Loáisiga and Ron Marinaccio finshed a four-hitter and the Yankees first opening-day shutout win since Rick Rhoden’s three-hitter in 1988.

The Giants opened in New York for the first time since beating Pittsburgh 4-3 at the Polo Grounds across the Harlem River in 1956, their next-to-last season before moving to California.

Michael Conforto went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game with the Giants. He left the Mets after the 2021 to become a free agent and missed last year with a right shoulder injury.

Webb allowed four runs in six innings. The Giants’ record for strikeouts in an opener had been 11 by Madison Bumgarner in 2017.


Volpe switch from No. 77 to No. 11 after calling former Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and asking for permission to take the number, last used by Gardner in 2021. Volpe made a fine defensive play in the fourth, coming in to field Thairo Estrada’s three-hopper and throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who gloved the ball with a stretch. Volpe also started a double play on Wilmer Flores’ sixth-inning grounder.


Blake Sabol became the Giants’ 17th opening day left fielder in 17 seasons since Barry Bonds retired. SS Crawford made his 12th straight opening day start, tying Barry Bonds for second-most with the Giants behind Willie Mays’ 15.


New York constructed what it called a “War Room” in what used to be equipment storage space near the clubhouse entrance. It has three screens and three rows of seats. Boone said the enlarged staff created a need for larger meeting space.


Giants manager Gabe Kapler on Wednesday visited the site of the Polo Grounds, the Giants’ home from 1891-1957.


OF Stephen Piscotty was released from his minor league contract, at his request. … OF Matt Beaty was acquired from Kansas City for cash and his contract and struck out as a pinch hitter. C Roberto Pérez went 1 for 2 after his contract was selected. … RHP Sean Hjelle was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento and OF Bryce Johnson, RHP Sergio Romo, INF Casey Schmitt and C Austin Wynns were reassigned. … Luis González (lower back surgery) and LHP Thomas Szapucki (left arm neuropathy) were put on the 60-day IL. … OF Mitch Haniger (left oblique strain), OF Austin Slater (left hamstring strain) were placed on the 10-day IL and RHP Luke Jackson (Tommy John surgery) on the 15-day IL, all retroactive to March 27.


Infielder/outfielder Franchy Cordero was signed to a one-year contract. … Volpe’s contract was selected to the major leaguer roster and RHP Johnny Brito was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … RHP Scott Effross and RHP Luis Gil (both right elbow surgery) were placed on the 60-day IL. … OF Harrison Bader (left oblique strain) and C Ben Rortvedt (left shoulder) were placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to March 27. … RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain), RHP Lou Trivino (right elbow strain), RHP Tommy Kahnle (right biceps tendinitis), LHP Carlos Rodón (left forearm strain) and RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder surgery) were placed on the 15-day IL, retroactive to March 27.

UP NEXT New York RHP Clarke Schmidt and San Francisco RHP Alex Cobb are scheduled to start Saturday, when rain is forecast.

McCutchen’s sacrifice fly lifts Pirates to 5-4 win, extends Athletics’ road losing streak to 15

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PITTSBURGH – Andrew McCutchen’s tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted Pittsburgh to a 5-4 victory over Oakland on Monday night, extending the Pirates’ win streak to six games and sending the Athletics to their record-tying 15th consecutive road loss.

The 15 straight defeats away from home matches the Athletics’ record since they moved from Kansas City in 1968. Oakland set that mark in 1986.

The major league-worst Athletics (12-50) have lost five games in a row overall. They are on pace to finish the season exactly 100 games under .500 at 31-131.

“It’s tough,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said. “Tonight’s game, we didn’t play well enough to win the game. I don’t want to say we gave the game away but there were a lot of instances where we had a chance to capitalize on opportunities and didn’t do it.”

McCutchen also singled and drew three walks to go with two RBIs. The 2013 NL MVP now has 1,998 career hits.

With the score tied at 4, Ji Hwan Bae led off the decisive eighth inning with a single off Sam Moll (0-3) and advanced to third on Austin Hedges’ one-out single. McCutchen’s sac fly plated Bae.

“I was just trying to get the job done. I understand the situation there,” McCutchen said. “We just need to get the run. I was trying to bear down against a hard thrower and trying to get that run in as much as I can, and I was able to do it and have a good at-bat.”

Angel Perdomo (1-0) retired both hitters he faced. and Colin Holdeman pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first career save. It was an eventful inning for Holderman as the first three batters reached base, but he struck out Carlos Perez with runners on the corners to end it.

“I began my career as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues but ever since I was switched to relief, this has been the goal, to get a save in the big leagues,” Holderman said.

Pittsburgh starter Johan Oviedo gave up three runs and four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Oakland left-hander JP Sears did not allow a hit until Mark Mathias’ leadoff single in the fifth but was unable to make it through the inning. Sears was charged with one run in 4 2/3 innings while allowing two hits, walking five and striking out six.

Sears has not allowed more than two runs in five consecutive starts. His nine no-decisions are the most in the major leagues.

Ryan Noda and Brent Rooker had two hits each for the Athletics.

The Athletics tied the score at 4-4 in the eighth inning on pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz’s run-scoring double. Oakland left the bases loaded, though, when Nick Allen hit an inning-ending flyout.

Consecutive bases-loaded walks keyed a three-run sixth inning that put the Pirates 4-3. McCutchen and Bryan Reynolds each worked bases on balls off Shintaro Fujinami to tie the score at 3-all and pinch-hitter Jack Suwinski followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Athletics opened the scoring in the first inning when rookie Esteury Ruiz reached on catcher’s interference, stole his MLB-leading 30th base of the season and scored on Noda’s single. Seth Brown doubled in a run in the third and came home on Perez’s sacrifice fly to push Oakland’s lead to 3-0.

Connor Joe hit an RBI double for the Pirates in the fifth.

The Pirates drew 10 walks, their most in a game in nearly two years.

“We had a bunch of opportunities that we didn’t capitalize (on), but the thing I think I was most proud of is we got down and we didn’t rush to get back,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “We were still patient.”


Athletics: LHP Kirby Snead (strained shoulder) is expected to pitch in the Arizona Complex League on Tuesday, which will be his first game action since spring training. … RHP Freddy Tarnok (strained shoulder) will throw a bullpen on Tuesday.


Pirates catching prospect Henry Davis was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis from Double-A Altoona. In 41 games at Double-A this season, the 23-year-old hit .284 with 10 home runs and seven stolen bases.

“He was performing offensively at a level where we felt like he was more than ready to meet the challenges,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said. “He improved as an offensive player even since spring training, focusing on the things we were challenging him on. Defensively, he’s made strides too.”

Davis was the first overall selection in the 2021 amateur draft from the University of Louisville.


Athletics RHP James Kaprielian (0-6, 8.12 ERA) will make his first start in June after taking the loss in all four starts in May and face RHP Mitch Keller (7-1, 3.25). Keller has eight or more strikeouts in seven consecutive starts, the longest streak by a Pirates pitcher in the modern era (since 1901).