How the debuts are going, not bad.
Pitching for the first time in pinstripes Sunday afternoon, J.A. Happ did exactly what the Yankees hoped he would do if they bought him from the Blue Jays earlier in the week.
The veteran has taken a somewhat harassed rotation in a 6: 3 victory against the Royals in front of a sold-out 46,192 spectators in the stadium.
The 35-year-old left-hander allowed a run and three hits over six innings after some inefficiency with his early pitch count.
He only allowed a strike through five innings and had a lockout up to Salvador Perez's second homer in the sixth.
At this time, in large part because of Aaron Hicks' three-hit day, the Yankees (67-37) had the control, after Perez Homer 5-1
"My expectation is that he will go out today and give us a strong outing," Aaron Boone said in advance. "I feel like he's more in the top row (the starter) than people want to admit."
Unlike the first inning Happ played with a lead.
After Royal's Righthander Burch Smith retired the first two Yankees he saw in the lower half, Didi Gregorius worked a four-digit gait.
Hicks then placed a 0-and-1 curveball from the foul pole in the right for a 2-0 lead. The explosion gave Hicks, who also doubled, went and singled in the game, his 17th Homer, including his 11th in his last 35 games.
Happ offered a 1-2-3, 13-stage second lap with two flyouts and a groundout.
The Royals (32-73) have brought their first runner in third position. Happ met Brett Phillips on the right arm to start the inning. After Happ Drew Butera had shot down with a 93-mph fastball, Rosell Herrera's Groundout placed second and Phillips finished second.
Happ, on the other hand, fired Adalberto Mondesi against the catcher to end the inning.
The Yankees moved on to the fourth step. Hicks doubled, and after Gleyber Torres and Bird had flown out, Miguel Andujar lined up a 1 and 2 curveball, and the two-time RBI single made it 3: 0 and improved the rookie third baseman to 22 for his final 53. Austin Romine nearly had 5 : 0, but Phillips, the right-fielder, scored the third goal for the third time.
Happ responded with a perfect six-pitch fifth, leaving the veteran at 76 pitches.
The Yankees drove Smith out of the game in the bottom of the innings. Gardner performed with a single and Stanton tore a single in the middle. In the left corner Tim Hill came to Didi Gregorius, who pushed one to third in the finish, the ground moved the runners. Torres' 4: 3 lead gave Gardner a 4-0 lead (second baseman decided first that Hicks was placed in second place but knocked over in a Yankees challenge) and Bird's single-to-second infield in Stanton brought to make it 5-0.
Stanton's sacrificial flight in the sixth made it 6-1. Hunter Dozier headed Chad Green in the seventh and Rosell Herrera clinched David Robertson in eighth, 6-3.
Aroldis Chapman defeated in the ninth match for his 28th parade.