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Paxton outduels Ryu as Yankees win opener

LOS ANGELES — The Yankees had a series to forget in Oakland but just like that, all is forgotten. In what many consider a possible World Series preview, the Yankees dominated their series opener with the Dodgers, 10-2, in Los Angeles.

James Paxton turned in arguably his best start of 2019, giving up just two runs on five hits in 6.2 strong innings. He also struckout 11 Dodgers in just purely a dominant start from the Big Maple.

More performances like this will quickly quell the large amount of question marks surrounding the Yankees’ starting rotation as they head into the stretch run.

Tonight, however, it wasn’t just Paxton that starred in all-around great victory for the Bombers.

Facing potential NL Cy Young winner Hyun-jin Ryu, the Yankee bats were not at all afraid, scoring seven runs off the left-hander. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez started things off with two long solo home runs in the third inning to give New York a 2-0 lead.

Though the Dodgers got one back in the bottom half of the frame, the Yankees had yet another golden opportunity in the fifth inning. After Ryu intentionally walked Sanchez to load the bases, Didi Gregorius had his chance to blow this game wide open.

And deliver he did as Sir Didi blasted a Ryu fastball to right field for a grand slam.

Even with the big lead, the Yankee offense wasn’t done yet. In this 16-hit night, Gleyber Torres added a solo shot of his own in the sixth inning. It was the 22-year old’s 32nd long ball of the year.

Gregorius added one last solo home run in the ninth to finish off the statement win.

The Bombers look to keep the momentum going as the series continues tomorrow with CC Sabathia on the mound versus Tony Gonsolin.

Current Yankees Record: 84-46