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The former ace was killed after his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico that day - he was 40 years old.

They will send veteran J.A. Happ to the hill opposite Severino after he went a somewhat respectable 10-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts previous year.

Stanton put the Yankees up 2-0 with a towering home run in his first at-bat for the NY club, and Toronto was left chasing the game for nine innings.

NY starter Luis Severino came up huge for the Yanks, fanning seven Jays, while only allowing one hit in five and two-thirds innings of work. Severino went 6-1 with a 2.24 ERA in 15 road starts compared to 8-5 with a 3.71 ERA at home.

The big superpowers dominating the AL East division - the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox - will make it tough for the Jays to break through, said Siddall.

"I thought the resounding theme when I was doing spring training this year from a lot of players and coaches is that they're flying under the radar", he said. "Feels good. I had some time on some plays today, so it wasn't really like I needed to ... one of the balls just kind of came out of my hand amusing, the one that went to review (on Tyler Austin in the sixth)". Runline odds sit at -140 for taking the Yankees -1.5 runs and +130 for the Blue Jays +1.5.

"The key to the game was Severino", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Stanton went 0 for 4 struck out twice and Judge fanned once and grounded into a pair of double plays. He came to town here with Miami a few years go and he put on a pretty good show.

"I loved watching him pitch". He also dabbles in a mid-90s four-seamer, a low-80s change-up, and a low-80s curve, but there are games when he'll throw one or two of each and be done with them.

"I wish I had the answer", Martin said (via the New York Post). "He said really his arm just kind of feels dead, not injured". We just felt like now is the time for him to take on that role and we think he's ready for it.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Denard Span made a huge splash in his debut for his hometown team on opening day, lining a bases-loaded triple to highlight a six-run rally in the eighth that sent Alex Cora to a loss in his first game as a major league manager. Leadoff man Brandon Nimmo, subbing for injured All-Star Michael Conforto, reached safely four times and scored twice as the Mets chased a furious Carlos Martinez (0-1) in the fifth inning to make Mickey Callaway a victor in his first game as a manager. Marco Estrada will start game three for the Blue Jays and was 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA and 176 strikeouts last season. Although hoping to avoid beginning the season with a similar record to last year's 2-11 start, a deep playoff run is not expected of the club for the 2018 season.

Sanchez was limited last season to eight starts because of a recurring blister problem.

The club also said starter Joe Biagini will open the season in Triple-A Buffalo to keep him stretched out along with outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who was Toronto's most risky hitter in spring training. In his career, Estrada is 6-3 with a 4.03 ERA and 60 strikeouts against the Yankees.