JA Happ dominant in winning Yankees debut, 6-3 over Royals

NEW YORK (AP) J.A. Happ had made eight previous starts at Yankee Stadium plus a relief appearance in the final game of the 2009 World Series. This was different.

''It was kind of weird looking down and seeing the pinstripes on me,'' he said, ''but I'm happy to get used to it.''

James Anthony Happ made the midseason impact the Yankees hoped for, pitching one-run ball over six innings to win his New York debut 6-3 over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

''It's a significant dude to the rotation,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said in California surfer-speak, ''that helps in not just the days he pitches, hopefully, but also just makes our staff and our bullpen as a whole a little bit better,''

Three days after New York acquired the 35-year-old left-hander from Toronto for infielder Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney, Happ took a shutout into the fifth before Salvador Perez's opposite-field home run into the Yankees bullpen in right-center. Happ (11-6) allowed three hits, struck out two and walked one, and the first-time All-Star ended a four-start winless streak.

Happ had been 4-1 as a visitor in the Bronx. He threw four-seam fastballs on 64 of 96 pitches against the Royals, including his first 13 of the third inning. He mixed in 12 changeups, seven sliders, two curveballs plus 11 two-seam sinking fastballs - all from the third inning on.

''His fastball definitely gets on you, and he likes to pitch in on hitters,'' catcher Austin Romine said. ''It was weird. We almost felt like I caught him before, he was so much on the same page.''

New York (67-37) won consecutive games for the first time since July 11-2 and remained 5 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston. The Yankees sought a boost similar to the one provided by David Cone, who made his Yankees debut exactly 23 years earlier after his acquisition from Toronto and became a key cog in the team that reached that year's playoffs and won four World Series titles in the following five seasons. Happ joined a rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray.

''I feel like in a lot of ways he's been underrated over the years,'' Boone said. ''I feel like he's more in that upper tier than people want to acknowledge.''

Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer in the first off the screen attached to the right-field foul pole , a drive off Burch Smith (1-2). Hicks also doubled, singled and walked.

New York took three over four against woeful Kansas City (32-73), which traded star third baseman Mike Moustakas to Milwaukee on Friday for prospects.

Brett Phillips, one of those prospects, started in his Kansas City debut and made a leaping catch at the top of the right-field wall to rob Romine of a possible three-run homer in the fourth. Phillips' eyes were closed as the ball landed in his glove.

''Did I? Wow, that's impressive,'' Phillips said.

Hunter Dozier homered off Chad Green in the seventh and Rosell Herrera went deep against David Robertson leading off the eighth, the first home run of his big league career . Aroldis Chapman, pitching on consecutive days for the first time since July 1-3, struck out three straight batters for his 28th save in 29 chances , his 20th in a row.

At the time of the trade, Happ and the Blue Jays were in Chicago, where he lives with wife Morgan, 2 1/2-year-old son J.J. and 8-month-old daughter Bella. Morgan flew to Toronto on Saturday morning to pick up some of her husband's belongings, leaving the kids with the grandparents, and flew out the same day. The kids will join them in New York on Tuesday.

Life has been a whirlwind for the Happs.

''It was a little surreal out there,'' he said. ''but a lot of fun.''

SEATS

A crowd of 46,192 was New York's 20th home sellout, matching 2011 for the most at the new Yankee Stadium.

CLEANING UP

Torres and Andujar on Saturday became the first different Yankees rookies to hit cleanup in the starting lineup of consecutive games since Bill Robinson and Steve Whitaker in a doubleheader at Chicago on Aug. 22, 1967.

SWAPS

New York traded LHP Caleb Frare to the Chicago White Sox for $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool allocation, which raised its total to $7,502,600 from an original $5,002,600. The 25-year-old is 4-1 with a 0.81 ERA and five saves of 31 games for Double-A Trenton this year and one for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. On Saturday the Yankees obtained $1 million in allocation along with 1B Luke Voit from St. Louis for relievers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Brian Goodwin injured his left groin running the bases in the seventh inning Saturday night and a DL stint is possible.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (6-9, 4.70) opens a series at the White Sox on Tuesday.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-2, 4.09) starts Tuesday's series opener against Baltimore and RHP Yefry Ramirez (1-3, 3.49). Tanaka is 6-0 in 12 starts since an April 17 loss at Miami and is coming off a three-hit shutout at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

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  • W: J. Happ (11-6)L: B. Smith (1-2)S: A. Chapman (28)
  • HR: KC - S. Perez (18), H. Dozier (5), R. Herrera (1), NYY - A. Hicks (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Herrera CF41211001.276.311.386.6977.0
A. Mondesi SS40000012.281.297.449.746-0.5
S. Perez DH41211010.237.276.441.7166.5
W. Merrifield 2B40000011.297.368.418.786-0.5
H. Dozier 1B31111110.207.268.342.6106.5
A. Gordon LF40100011.236.309.338.6461.5
A. Escobar 3B40000011.197.247.267.514-0.5
B. Phillips RF20000011.167.259.250.5090.5
D. Butera C30000012.189.270.287.557-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF31100112.249.343.386.7282.5
    G. Stanton RF31110000.280.344.510.8543.0
    D. Gregorius SS31000112.261.322.470.7921.5
    A. Hicks CF32321100.256.359.491.85111.0
    G. Torres 2B40010022.286.345.534.8790.0
    G. Bird 1B40110021.237.332.462.7941.0
    M. Andujar 3B40110002.293.325.491.8172.0
    N. Walker DH21100110.231.313.319.6323.5
    A. Romine C40100003.268.325.472.7972.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (13)
      • HR - R. Herrera, S. Perez (18), H. Dozier (5)
      • RBI - R. Herrera (13), S. Perez (53), H. Dozier (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (17)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Hicks (14), A. Romine (11)
      • HR - A. Hicks (17)
      • SF - G. Stanton (8)
      • RBI - G. Stanton (64), A. Hicks 2 (47), G. Torres (44), G. Bird (26), M. Andujar (43)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Hicks 2 (15), G. Bird (10), M. Andujar (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Hicks (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Merrifield-Dozier)
      • E - H. Dozier (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gregorius-Bird)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Smith (L, 1-2)4.05553416.001.50-4.0
      T. Hill0.21001005.641.48-2.0
      J. Adam1.11110104.851.311.5
      B. Maurer1.010002012.212.713.0
      W. Peralta1.01000003.381.432.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Smith (L, 1-2)4.0
      T. Hill0.2
      J. Adam1.1
      B. Maurer1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (W, 11-6)6.03111214.051.1524.0
      C. Green1.02110112.741.050.5
      D. Robertson1.01110213.611.012.0
      A. Chapman (S, 28)1.00000301.930.9311.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (W, 11-6)6.0
      C. Green1.0
      D. Robertson1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 28)1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Adam (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Smith 90-60, T. Hill 15-8, J. Adam 19-10, B. Maurer 11-8, W. Peralta 7-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Smith 4-4, T. Hill 2-0, W. Peralta 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Smith 20, T. Hill 4, J. Adam 6, B. Maurer 3, W. Peralta 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Happ (2)
      • HBP - J. Happ (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 96-63, C. Green 25-17, D. Robertson 13-10, A. Chapman 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 7-8, C. Green 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 22, C. Green 5, D. Robertson 4, A. Chapman 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Herrera CF41211001.276.311.386.6977.0
      A. Mondesi SS40000012.281.297.449.746-0.5
      S. Perez DH41211010.237.276.441.7166.5
      W. Merrifield 2B40000011.297.368.418.786-0.5
      H. Dozier 1B31111110.207.268.342.6106.5
      A. Gordon LF40100011.236.309.338.6461.5
      A. Escobar 3B40000011.197.247.267.514-0.5
      B. Phillips RF20000011.167.259.250.5090.5
      D. Butera C30000012.189.270.287.557-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF31100112.249.343.386.7282.5
        G. Stanton RF31110000.280.344.510.8543.0
        D. Gregorius SS31000112.261.322.470.7921.5
        A. Hicks CF32321100.256.359.491.85111.0
        G. Torres 2B40010022.286.345.534.8790.0
        G. Bird 1B40110021.237.332.462.7941.0
        M. Andujar 3B40110002.293.325.491.8172.0
        N. Walker DH21100110.231.313.319.6323.5
        A. Romine C40100003.268.325.472.7972.0
        Total3069614712-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Gordon (13)
          • HR - R. Herrera, S. Perez (18), H. Dozier (5)
          • RBI - R. Herrera (13), S. Perez (53), H. Dozier (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (17)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Hicks (14), A. Romine (11)
          • HR - A. Hicks (17)
          • SF - G. Stanton (8)
          • RBI - G. Stanton (64), A. Hicks 2 (47), G. Torres (44), G. Bird (26), M. Andujar (43)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Hicks 2 (15), G. Bird (10), M. Andujar (11)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - A. Hicks (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Merrifield-Dozier)
          • E - H. Dozier (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Gregorius-Bird)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Smith (L, 1-2)4.05553416.001.50-4.0
          T. Hill0.21001005.641.48-2.0
          J. Adam1.11110104.851.311.5
          B. Maurer1.010002012.212.713.0
          W. Peralta1.01000003.381.432.0
          Total8.0966471---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Smith (L, 1-2)4.0
          T. Hill0.2
          J. Adam1.1
          B. Maurer1.0
          W. Peralta1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ (W, 11-6)6.03111214.051.1524.0
          C. Green1.02110112.741.050.5
          D. Robertson1.01110213.611.012.0
          A. Chapman (S, 28)1.00000301.930.9311.5
          Total9.0633183---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ (W, 11-6)6.0
          C. Green1.0
          D. Robertson1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 28)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Adam (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Smith 90-60, T. Hill 15-8, J. Adam 19-10, B. Maurer 11-8, W. Peralta 7-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Smith 4-4, T. Hill 2-0, W. Peralta 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Smith 20, T. Hill 4, J. Adam 6, B. Maurer 3, W. Peralta 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Happ (2)
          • HBP - J. Happ (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 96-63, C. Green 25-17, D. Robertson 13-10, A. Chapman 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 7-8, C. Green 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 22, C. Green 5, D. Robertson 4, A. Chapman 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Herrera homered to right36
          • 7TH INNING
            Dozier homered to right center26
          • 6TH INNING
            Stanton hit sacrifice fly to center, Walker scored, Romine to third16
            Perez homered to right center15
          • 5TH INNING
            Bird reached on an infield single to second, Stanton scored, Hicks to third05
            Torres grounded out to second, Gardner scored, Stanton to third, Hicks to second04
          • 4TH INNING
            Andujar singled to center, Hicks scored03
          • 1ST INNING
            Hicks homered to right, Gregorius scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved David Robertson
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • David Robertson relieved Chad Green
            • R. Herrera: Herrera homered to right
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Wily Peralta relieved Brandon Maurer
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar lined out to right
            • N. Walker: Walker singled to left
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Walker out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chad Green relieved J.A. Happ
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier homered to right center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon doubled to left center
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Butera popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Jason Adam
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Hicks singled to right center
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
            • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Hicks caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Herrera singled to left
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi grounded into double play shortstop to first, Herrera out at second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez homered to right center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Adam Pitching:
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walker hit by pitch
            • A. Romine: Ball, Romine doubled to center, Walker to third
            • B. Gardner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton hit sacrifice fly to center, Walker scored, Romine to third
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius popped out to third
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar flied out to right
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Phillips grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Butera: Butera fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner singled to center
            • G. Stanton: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Stanton singled to right, Gardner to second
            • Tim Hill relieved Burch Smith
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius grounded out to third, Gardner to third, Stanton to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Torres grounded out to second, Gardner scored, Stanton to third, Hicks to second
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bird reached on an infield single to second, Stanton scored, Hicks to third
            • Jason Adam relieved Tim Hill
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Perez flied out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield popped out to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon lined out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hicks doubled to deep right
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Torres lined out to left
            • G. Bird: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bird lined out to right
            • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Andujar singled to center, Hicks scored
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walker walked, Andujar to second
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Romine flied out to deep right
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Phillips hit by pitch
            • D. Butera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Phillips out at second
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Herrera to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Mondesi fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Romine grounded out to second
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton grounded out to shortstop, Gardner to second
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon flied out to left
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Andujar lined out to left
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Herrera grounded out to second
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to left
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner grounded out to second
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Stanton grounded out to third
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Gregorius to second on 1st baseman Dozier fielding error, Hicks homered to right, Gregorius scored
            • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)