New York Yankees Live Up To Nickname, Overpower Toronto (Highlights) 2
May 2, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates in dugout after hitting home run in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

 In the middle game of the three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees cruised to a win using the long ball and a gem.

  • Toronto Blue Jays: 5 (9-18)
  • New York Yankees: 11 (16-9)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score 
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

Thanks to five crushed by the New York Yankees, they were able to put behind a loss in the first of three games with the Toronto Blue Jays with an 11-5 win in front of a Yankee Stadium crowd of 30,058.

Brett Gardner (2), Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge (2) were responsible for the five home runs and combined for nine of the 11 runs scored by the Yankees on Tuesday.

Hicks delivered the first home run of the night with a two-run jack in the bottom of the second off Mat Latos then Gardner followed later that inning with another home run with Chris Carter on base to make it 5-0, Yankees.

Judge hit his 11th home run off Latos in the third, Gardner ripped his second of the day in the fourth before Judge pleaded the fifth and let his bat do the talking yet again with a three-run home run in the seventh to seal the deal.

Masahiro Tanaka, who almost became an afterthought in this one, went 6.1 innings and surrendered four runs on eight hits including two home runs given up to Steve Pearce in the fifth and Chris Coghlan later that same inning. Thankfully, his offense picked up the slack in this one.

After the Yankees went scoreless in the bottom of the eighth for just the second inning of the game, Jonathan Holder worked around an error by Chase Headley to scure New York’s 16th win of the season by a score of 11-5.

Injury To Injury: 

On the same day Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched due to a bruised nerve in his elbow and Greg Bird hit the disabled list, backup catcher Austin Romine left the game in the top of the seventh inning with cramping in his groin, according to the Yankees PR Department.

HR Derby: 

When Gardner smacked a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning off Latos, it marked the fourth game of the season in which the Yankees homered in four or more times at home.

Yes, a lot of fours, but it gets interesting folks.

Last season, the Yankees only homered in four or more games four times throughout the course of the entire campaign. Yes, it’s only May 2 and they have already matched that total. The Bombers are back.

The Verdict Is Historic: 

With Judge’s 16th home run of the season, which came in the bottom of the seventh off Jason Grilli, he tied Babe Ruth for the second-most home runs by a Yankee within the season’s first 25 games.

Must-See TV… Literally

In case you didn’t know, Aaron Judge is a strong dude. Don’t think so? Just ask this flat-screen TV that the 6-foot-7, 275-pound slugger smashed with a batting practice fastball from over 400 feet away:

This Day In Yankees History: 

On May 2, 1939, Lou Gehrig’s historic streak of 2,130 consecutive games played comes to an end when he doesn’t suit up for a contest at Briggs Stadium against the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees went on to win by a score of 22-2 with Babe Dahlgren at first base.

What’s Next: 

The Yankees will go for the series win on Wednesday night and will turn to left-hander CC Sabathia to get the job done.

It will be the sixth start fo the season for the 36-year-old, who’s coming off a no-decision in the Yankees’ 14-11, epic come-from-behind win in against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. He, however, was far from epic as his seven earned runs matched his entire run total from his first four starts of 2017.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on the YES Network or ESPN and heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.