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Yankees hit all the home runs in victory over Blue Jays

The ball was flying today.

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees scored a whopping 31 runs over their last two games, including 17 today as they handily defeated the Blue Jays. I think the offense is ready for the season to start.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

1. It was all about the long ball today. Aaron Judge kicked off the impromptu Home Run Derby with a solo shot to left in the first inning. Greg Bird worked a walk, then Gleyber Torres mashed a home run of his own to left field. In the second, Gio Urshela continued to make the most of his big league hits, and knocked a two-run bomb to deep center. Jorge Saez replaced Judge in the fourth, then contributed to the Bombers’ lead with a two-run blast. They added two more runs to the board in the seventh via a Matt Lipka dinger. Finally, Zack Zehner knocked yet another two-run shot in the eight to make it a 17-7 game.

2. On the other side, today marked J.A. Happ’s fourth outing of the spring, and he continued to struggle to keep the ball in the park. He surrendered a two-run homer in the second (though to be fair, it should have been just one run—Brett Gardner had a bad read on the bloop hit that came before that and took a step backwards). Happ wasn’t able to get out of the inning without giving up another home run, his sixth of the spring. It’s a small sample size, but that’s something to keep an eye on.

3. It’s always fun to see the Yankees on the winning side of a high-scoring game, and everyone contributed. Aside from the players who belted home runs, many of the prospects played well. Estevan Florial walked, singled, and stole a base, and Thairo Estrada tripled and doubled. Pretty much every player who made it into the lineup did something good today. Even Clint Frazier, who has gotten off to a slow start, knocked a two-run triple!

Highlight of the Game

Tomorrow is the Yankees’ last split-squad day of the spring. Half of the team will travel to Sarasota to take on Baltimore at 1:05 ET. The other half will travel to Clearwater to play the Phillies, also at 1:05 ET. Jonathan Loaisiga will start the first game, and James Paxton will face Philadelphia.