Voit homers, Tanaka strong, Yanks beat O's 7-2 in opener

NEW YORK (AP) Luke Voit heard the ''Luuuuuke!'' chants during pre-game introductions, and that got the exuberant, oversized slugger going.

''Man, it fires me up every time,'' he said.

Beats the start of last season, when Voit was stashed away in Triple-A.

A fast-rising fan favorite in the Bronx, Voit kicked off the season with a first-inning homer, backing a strong opening day effort by Masahiro Tanaka in New York's 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

Voit launched a three-run drive off Andrew Cashner (0-1), and Greg Bird added a solo homer in the eighth, the first big flies for New York a year after the Yankees hit a record 267 en route to 100 wins. Of course, that wasn't enough to catch the rival Boston Red Sox, who won 108 games and a World Series championship.

Voit was playing for the Cardinals' Memphis Redbirds last opening day, a then-27-year-old with limited major league experience. He was traded to New York in July, hit 14 homers in 39 games down the stretch and charmed fans with his big biceps and boisterous home run trots.

''It's crazy how they took me in,'' Voit said. ''I hope they don't boo me away too quick. I know it's New York, but I bring the energy, have fun with the guys, and I think the fans feed off of it.''

Tanaka became the first Japanese pitcher to start four openers, breaking a tie with Hideo Nomo. Tanaka allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out five without a walk. Tanaka had been 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA on opening days.

''I always feel good about giving the ball to Masa,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Brandon Hyde lost in his managerial debut with Baltimore. Hired to replace Buck Showalter, Hyde had just eight players at his disposal who played in last year's Orioles opener. Baltimore had won its previous three opening games with walk-off hits, but the rally never came against Tanaka and New York's vaunted bullpen.

''I think the dugout seemed a little quieter than normal,'' Hyde said, adding ''I thought the dugout was good. I just felt like it was quieter than normal because of some jitters from some younger players.''

Fans wore ski caps and jackets with the first-pitch temperature at 48 degrees, but also needed sunglasses for the majors' earliest ever opening day in the U.S. A giant American flag was unfurled in center field, a few Orioles fans revealed themselves by shouting ''O!'' during the national anthem, and the sellout crowd roared after Mariano Rivera delivered the ceremonial first pitch. The longtime Yankees closer became baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection in January.

''Today is a celebration of our sport,'' Boone said before the game.

Just like the second half of last season, Voit was the life of the party. He added a fourth RBI in the fifth when he was plunked with the bases loaded and also walked twice.

''Who would've thought I'd be here for opening day?'' Voit said. ''I always thought I would do it in a Cardinal uniform. It was super frustrating, getting hurt last year and missed opportunities to get called up with St. Louis. To have that first opening day and hit a home run opening day is pretty special.''

Aaron Judge had two hits, free agent addition Troy Tulowitzki doubled for his first hit with the Yankees and every starter reached base at least once.

BALTIMORE BLUES

The rebuilding Orioles, coming off a 115-loss season, didn't exactly put their best foot forward. Baltimore's first inning at-bat ended when baserunner Jonathan Villar ran right into Trey Mancini's would-be base hit, resulting in an automatic out.

In the fifth inning, Cashner and Mike Wright combined to walk three straight batters before Wright plunked Voit. Baltimore walked eight batters overall, four of them by Cashner in four-plus innings.

''From our whole pitching staff today, just too many walks, too many base runners allowed,'' Hyde said. ''It's tough to win that way.''

Catcher Jesus Sucre dropped a popup in the seventh, although Baltimore got away with that one when umpires invoked the infield fly rule and Yankees runners tried to advance, anyway. Voit was tagged out in a rundown for a 2-5-4-6-4 double play.

Chris Davis struck out in each of his three plate appearances, a rough day after a historically unproductive 2018. His .539 OPS was the worst by a qualified hitter since Matt Walbeck (.530) in 1994. Hyde pinch hit for Davis in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman.

It wasn't all bad. Mancini had three hits, and right fielder Joey Rickard robbed Gary Sanchez with a diving catch in the fifth.

ZEROING IN

Brooklyn native Adam Ottavino struck out three in 1 1/3 perfect innings in his first game in pinstripes. The reliever signed a $27 million, three-year deal with New York as a free agent in January. He is the first Yankee to wear No. 0.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb is recovering well from a right groin strain and is on track to pitch Baltimore's home opener April 4 against the Yankees.

Yankees: New York put six players on the 10-day injured list to open the season, including RHPs Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) and Luis Severino (right rotator cuff inflammation), OF Aaron Hicks (lower back strain) and SS Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery). LHP CC Sabathia started serving his five-game suspension for hitting Tampa Bay's Jesus Sucre with a pitch in his last regular season start of 2018.

UP NEXT

LHP James Paxton makes his first start with the Yankees on Saturday after being acquired from Seattle this offseason. Baltimore will use RHP Nate Karns as an opener, the first time in 2019 a reliever will start a game.

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  • W: M. Tanaka (1-0)L: A. Cashner (0-1)
  • HR: NYY - G. Bird (1), L. Voit (1)
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for D. Smith in the 8th
  • b-singled for Ruiz in the 9th
  • c-lined out for Davis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner CF41000112.000.200.000.2001.5
A. Judge RF33200211.667.800.6671.4676.5
G. Stanton LF31100212.333.600.333.9333.5
L. Voit DH111412001.0001.0004.0005.00012.0
M. Andujar 3B30110002.333.250.333.5832.0
G. Sanchez C40100005.250.250.250.5001.0
G. Bird 1B41111033.250.2501.0001.2504.5
G. Torres 2B30100110.333.500.333.8331.5
T. Tulowitzki SS40100012.250.250.500.7501.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Mancini
    • RBI - T. Mancini, R. Ruiz
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini, R. Ruiz
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 3 (3), R. Ruiz, J. Rickard, J. Sucre
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Tulowitzki
    • HR - L. Voit, G. Bird
    • SF - M. Andujar
    • RBI - L. Voit 4 (4), M. Andujar, G. Bird
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge, G. Stanton 2 (2), G. Sanchez, G. Bird 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Martin-Villar-Davis; Martin-Villar-Davis)
    • PB - J. Sucre
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Andujar
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cashner (L, 0-1)4.066643113.502.50-7.5
    M. Wright1.00001100.001.002.5
    D. Hess2.01002200.001.504.0
    P. Fry1.02111219.003.000.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cashner (L, 0-1)4.0
    M. Wright1.0
    D. Hess2.0
    P. Fry1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Tanaka (W, 1-0)5.26210501.591.0617.5
    A. Ottavino1.10000300.000.004.5
    Z. Britton1.01001000.002.001.0
    A. Chapman1.01000100.001.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Tanaka (W, 1-0)5.2
    A. Ottavino1.1
    Z. Britton1.0
    A. Chapman1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Wright
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 75-42, M. Wright 19-8, D. Hess 42-26, P. Fry 28-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 3-4, P. Fry 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 20, M. Wright 5, D. Hess 8, P. Fry 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 83-56, A. Ottavino 19-13, Z. Britton 15-6, A. Chapman 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 7-4, Z. Britton 2-1, A. Chapman 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 22, A. Ottavino 4, Z. Britton 5, A. Chapman 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Mullins CF30000100.000.250.000.2501.0
    D. Smith LF31100000.333.333.333.6672.0
    a- D. Jackson PH-LF10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Villar 2B40200001.500.500.5001.0002.0
    T. Mancini DH41310002.750.7501.0001.7506.0
    R. Ruiz 3B30110021.333.333.333.6671.0
    b- H. Alberto PH101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
    J. Rickard RF40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    C. Davis 1B30000030.000.000.000.000-1.5
    c- R. Nunez PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Sucre C40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    R. Martin SS30000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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    HITTERSAB
    C. Mullins CF3
    D. Smith LF3
    a- D. Jackson PH-LF1
    J. Villar 2B4
    T. Mancini DH4
    R. Ruiz 3B3
    b- H. Alberto PH1
    J. Rickard RF4
    C. Davis 1B3
    c- R. Nunez PH1
    J. Sucre C4
    R. Martin SS3
    Total34
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for D. Smith in the 8th
    • b-singled for Ruiz in the 9th
    • c-lined out for Davis in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF41000112.000.200.000.2001.5
    A. Judge RF33200211.667.800.6671.4676.5
    G. Stanton LF31100212.333.600.333.9333.5
    L. Voit DH111412001.0001.0004.0005.00012.0
    M. Andujar 3B30110002.333.250.333.5832.0
    G. Sanchez C40100005.250.250.250.5001.0
    G. Bird 1B41111033.250.2501.0001.2504.5
    G. Torres 2B30100110.333.500.333.8331.5
    T. Tulowitzki SS40100012.250.250.500.7501.5
    Total2979628817-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini
      • RBI - T. Mancini, R. Ruiz
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini, R. Ruiz
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 3 (3), R. Ruiz, J. Rickard, J. Sucre
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Tulowitzki
      • HR - L. Voit, G. Bird
      • SF - M. Andujar
      • RBI - L. Voit 4 (4), M. Andujar, G. Bird
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge, G. Stanton 2 (2), G. Sanchez, G. Bird 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Martin-Villar-Davis; Martin-Villar-Davis)
      • PB - J. Sucre
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Andujar
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner (L, 0-1)4.066643113.502.50-7.5
      M. Wright1.00001100.001.002.5
      D. Hess2.01002200.001.504.0
      P. Fry1.02111219.003.000.0
      Total8.0977882---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner (L, 0-1)4.0
      M. Wright1.0
      D. Hess2.0
      P. Fry1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 1-0)5.26210501.591.0617.5
      A. Ottavino1.10000300.000.004.5
      Z. Britton1.01001000.002.001.0
      A. Chapman1.01000100.001.002.5
      Total9.0821190---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 1-0)5.2
      A. Ottavino1.1
      Z. Britton1.0
      A. Chapman1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Wright
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 75-42, M. Wright 19-8, D. Hess 42-26, P. Fry 28-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 3-4, P. Fry 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 20, M. Wright 5, D. Hess 8, P. Fry 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 83-56, A. Ottavino 19-13, Z. Britton 15-6, A. Chapman 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 7-4, Z. Britton 2-1, A. Chapman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 22, A. Ottavino 4, Z. Britton 5, A. Chapman 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Bird homered to center27
      • 6TH INNING
        Mancini doubled to deep center, Smith scored26
      • 5TH INNING
        Andujar hit sacrifice fly to left, Judge scored16
        Voit hit by pitch, Gardner scored, Judge to third, Stanton to second15
      • 4TH INNING
        Ruiz singled to right center, Mancini scored14
      • 3RD INNING
        Andujar grounded out to second, Judge scored, Stanton to third, Voit out at second04
      • 1ST INNING
        Voit homered to center, Judge and Stanton scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Zack Britton
        • Hanser Alberto hit for Rio Ruiz
        • H. Alberto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Alberto reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • Renato Nunez hit for Chris Davis
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Nunez lined out to center
        • J. Sucre: Sucre grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Zack Britton relieved Adam Ottavino
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin flied out to center
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mullins walked
        • Drew Jackson hit for Dwight Smith
        • D. Jackson: Ball, Ball, Jackson reached on fielder's choice to third, Mullins out at second
        • J. Villar: Villar singled to left, Jackson to second
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Paul Fry relieved David Hess
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bird homered to center
        • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Tulowitzki doubled to deep left
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
        • G. Stanton: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Ottavino Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rickard lined out to shortstop
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sucre struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton lined out to center
        • L. Voit: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Voit walked
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Andujar singled to center, Voit to second
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sanchez popped out to catcher, Voit out at third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mullins grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Smith singled to deep right
        • J. Villar: Ball, Villar grounded out to first, Smith to second
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mancini doubled to deep center, Smith scored
        • Adam Ottavino relieved Masahiro Tanaka
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ruiz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • David Hess relieved Mike Wright
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torres walked
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Gardner flied out to deep right
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Sucre flied out to deep right
        • R. Martin: Foul, Martin flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
        • A. Judge: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Judge walked, Gardner to second
        • Mike Wright relieved Andrew Cashner
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked, Gardner to third, Judge to second
        • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Voit hit by pitch, Gardner scored, Judge to third, Stanton to second
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar hit sacrifice fly to left, Judge scored
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez flied out to right
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton to third, Voit to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bird struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith flied out to right
        • J. Villar: Ball, Villar grounded out to second
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Mancini reached on an infield single to third, Mancini to second on 3rd baseman Andujar throwing error
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ruiz singled to right center, Mancini scored
        • J. Rickard: Rickard flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Ball, Torres grounded out to third
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Tulowitzki flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Mullins grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Judge reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked, Judge to second
        • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Ball, Voit walked, Judge to third, Stanton to second
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar grounded out to second, Judge scored, Stanton to third, Voit out at second
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to deep left
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Torres singled to left center
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Tulowitzki grounded out to second, Torres out at second
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Mullins grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith grounded out to first
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar singled to right
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Mancini reached on an infield single to second, Villar out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge singled to right center
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stanton singled to right center, Judge to third
        • L. Voit: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Voit homered to center, Judge and Stanton scored
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar flied out to deep left
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez singled to shallow right center
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)