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Yankees obliterate Orioles in 16-3 victory

BRONX, N.Y. – The New York Yankees are beginning to catch fire. On Saturday night, the Bronx Bombers took on the Baltimore Orioles and the game was over after the first inning. Behind a dominant pitching performance by starter Luis Severino, the Yankees routed the Orioles 16-3.

The first inning of Saturday night’s ballgame was a disaster for Orioles’ starter Chris Tillman. Tillman last only 1.1 innings on the night and allowed nine earned runs on seven hits – three of the seven hits being home runs. Aaron Judge started off the scoring for the Yankees with the hardest hit home run in the stat cast era, a solo shot.

The Yankees’ onslaught continued for the rest of the night as they combined to hit for five home runs. Matt Holliday, Gary Sanchez and Judge each had three hits and combined to drive in 10 of the 16 Yankee runs.

Luis Severino was outshined by his offense of Saturday night, but still turned in a stellar outing. Severino went seven innings and allowed only one earned run on two hits while striking out eight. The young righty has impressively bounced back after an abysmal 2016 season and is poised to make the All-Star team with his 2.75 ERA. Severino is currently ranked sixth in the American League in total strikeouts with 84.

The victory of Saturday night marks the Yankees fourth in a row and they have outscored opponents 41-6 over the impressive streak. The Yankees still sit just three games ahead of the second place Boston Red Sox but are now 5.5 games ahead of the Orioles. The Bronx Bombers have also matched the major league leading Houston Astros in run differential this season; they both sit at +104.

After the game, the Yankees designated LHP Tommy Layne for assignment and recalled RHP Domingo German from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Layne had a 7.50 ERA in 18 appearances this season, all in relief. German, 24, has not appeared in a major league game.

UP NEXT: Masahiro Tanaka was originally slated to start Sunday’s game against Baltimore but manager Joe Girardi decided to give him an extra day of rest and start Chad Green. Green will take on Kevin Gausman in the Sunday afternoon matchup.