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Akshita Patel

WATCH: Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo & Juan Soto Castles Blue Jays With Clinical Offense

The New York Yankees are on a quest to restructure the franchise’s image and allure from scratch. The damage of the mediocre 82-80 2023 season needs to be shelved at any cost. While the front office did a fabulous job during the off-season to build a formidable roster, the rest of the action lies on the players.

Unless and until the roster does not unleash its full potential, the front office’s efforts are wasted. Having said that, the Yankees kicked off the Grapefruit League proceedings in style with a 22-10 over the Tigers in the tournament opener. Moreover, the team capitalized on the momentum to register yet another thumping win over nemesis Toronto Blue Jays.

   

Yankees Boast Lethal Offense To Outclass Blue Jays In Spring

Juan Soto
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For the first time this spring, the New York Yankees boasted a full-strength lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. The offense consisted of heavyweights such as Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, and Anthony Rizzo. On the other hand, ace starter and reigning CY Young awardee Gerrit Cole made his maiden spring appearance of the season. While Cole looked rusty initially, he picked up force from the second to regain his original rhythm. But all in all, it was the strong offense that stole the show completely in Tampa. Anthony Rizzo, who battled concussion in 2023, showcased his firepower with the bat with two majestic home runs, including a grand slam. Rizzo squashed concerns of rustiness and exploded from pitch one.

Later, generational talent Juan Soto joined the party to muscle a solo home run off the center field wall. As Soto rounded the bases, the fans and bullpen relished the 25-year-old’s clinical efforts. As the game unfolded, it became increasingly clear that Rizzo and Soto were the architects of the Yankees’ offensive onslaught. In an 8-4 win, the dynamic duo emerged as top contributors with the bat. Despite their best efforts to stem the tide, the Blue Jays found themselves overwhelmed by the relentless assault of Rizzo and Soto. In the aftermath of the game, Anthony Rizzo and Juan Soto emerged as the undeniable stars of the show. It sets the stage for an exciting season that’s on the card for the people of New York. Hopefully, the roster lives up to its potential and ensures a deep postseason run.

Gerrit Cole Registers Ordinary Outing On Spring Debut

While Anthony Rizzo and Juan Soto stole the limelight on Friday, Gerrit Cole‘s struggles also caught the fans’ eyes. The reigning AL CY Young pitcher initially walked off the field after a mere 22 pitches in the first inning. As injury concerns started mounting, the pitcher returned for a second stint where he seemed in a much better rhythm.

Gerrit Cole
AP

However, Cole’s abrupt departure surely raised many eyebrows. The Yankees cannot afford to lose him at this stage, with only a few weeks left for the 2024 season opening day. Cole is their man of crisis, and without him, the pitching rotation lacks life. However, Gerrit Cole looked fine and is expected to make another start this month before opening the series against the Houston Astros.

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