Rougned Odor’s ‘edge’ points out Yankees


DUNEDIN, Fla .– Rougned Odor’s stint with the Yankees has got off to a promising start.

After kicking off in Sunday’s win over the Rays, Odor unleashed the Yankees’ offense in Monday’s 3-1 win over the Blue Jays with a single with a fifth out.

“All of his at-bats were pretty competitive,” said Boone. “I liked the way he moved on the pitch and had a nice double play. He’s going to play and have opportunities. It is an everyday affair. “

On Monday, that meant Boone had gone with the same infield setup, with Odor at second and DJ LeMahieu at first base.

And the Scent swinging left delivered three of the hardest-hit balls of the night, including the Yankees’ first shot against southpaw Robbie Ray.

While Jay Bruce appeared to be shaking at home plate and at first base, Boone said the veteran would get back “in there at some point.”

In the meantime, they want to take a closer look at Odor, who was acquired in a trade after being nominated for an assignment by the Rangers before opening day. And Boone also praised the “little side and the hunger he’s playing with.” It was cool to see.

Rougned Odor (r.) Is already making his impact with the Yankees.

Boone noted that Odor is young and has a good “first step” at second base.

“I feel like the batting quality has been there,” Boone said. “He’s had some hard-hit balls and loves the energy he brings to the pitch each day and the hunger he plays with. He behaved well at second base. He gained a few opportunities.

Boone said conditions were “pretty good” at TD Ballpark, the Single-A stadium where the Blue Jays play their home games due to Canadian restrictions on COVID-19.

“It didn’t feel like spring training,” Boone said of the Toronto spring training site. “It was like a real game.”

The stadium’s lower decks made it difficult for hitters and field players at dusk, Boone said.

Gerrit Cole said it was “good”.

Jameson Taillon said he “paid attention” to the Blue Jays’ streak against the Angels to see if playing at a single-A ballpark would have an impact on the game.

“It might sound cheesy, but I think you can put two major league teams in a city park and we’ll find a way to compete and make it work,” said the right-hander. “It’s a division game and the Blue Jays are a young and hungry team. … We have to be ready to compete no matter where we play.

Taillon remained cheered on his first outing and said he was particularly pleased with the way his fastball played and that he focused on being more aggressive with his curveball as he felt it was taking place. was improved on his first start.

Clarke Schmidt was injected with cortisone on Monday, Boone said, in an effort to treat the lingering discomfort the right-hander has been feeling after being arrested with a strained elbow since February.

“They have a feeling that should solve the problem to get him over the last bump,” Boone said. “We expect that, if it works in the next few days, it should start launching a bit later this week or next week. “

Before Aaron Hicks decided not to be in Monday’s starting lineup due to the murder of a black man in Minneapolis by a police officer, the center fielder had to hit sixth, which would have marked the first time that he was not third in the order. . Boone said he started with Giancarlo Stanton second and Aaron Judge third against left-hander Ray.

“It’s a combination I’ve been considering against left-handed throws since the spring,” Boone said of Stanton and Judge hitting second and third respectively. “They are two great players and given how right handed we are, try to maximize that against a tough left handed pitcher.

Boone said Hicks will continue to hit third against right-handed starters.

“I still love the way he separates [the lineup] Boone said. “I’m still very confident he’s going to have a great year.”

Clint Frazier also returned to the roster after attending back-to-back games.


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