Severino sharp in season debut, Yanks top Angels 8-0

NEW YORK (AP) Luis Severino got Albert Pujols to reach for a slider with runners at the corners and ground into a double play that ended the first inning of his season debut, then punched the pocket of his glove to celebrate.

New York's ace was back on the mound, in time to make an impact in the postseason.

Severino pitched four dominant innings and reached 98.8 mph in an 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night that moved New York to the brink of clinching its 21st postseason appearance in 25 years.

''It was exciting. It was fun going out there and hearing the fans,'' Severino said.

But another bizarre injury struck the Yankees. After the game New York announced reliever Dellin Betances partially tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot when he hopped on the mound after striking out Brandon Drury, the second and final batter he faced in his season debut Sunday at Toronto.

''It's about as freak as it can be,'' manager Aaron Boone said.

Betances' season appears over after eight pitches. He and Severino spent much of the summer rehabbing together. A two-time All-Star, Severino got hurt while warming up before his first scheduled spring training appearance on March 5.

He began tentatively in game 152, opening with a 12-pitch walk to Brian Goodwin, but got sharper and allowed just a pair of singles.

''All his pitches were nice and crisp,'' the Angels' Luis Rengifo said.

Severino walked two and struck out four, throwing 47 of 67 pitches for strikes and leaving to an ovation from fans tracking his pitch count.

''Looked pretty good out there, pretty sharp,'' catcher Austin Romine said. ''We need Sevy where we're going. He's pitched some big games for us, and we look forward to him pitching some more big games for us.''

Severino had seven swings and misses on fastballs and two on sliders.

''My fastball command I think was great. I still need to work a little bit more in sliders to left-handers,'' he said.

Severino's return gives the Yankees a plethora of postseason rotation choices from a group that includes James Paxton (14-6), Masahiro Tanaka (10-8), Domingo German (18-4), CC Sabathia (5-8) and J.A. Happ (12-8).

Severino was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts last year but struggled late in the season. The Yankees at first diagnosed Severino with shoulder inflammation, but when the 25-year-old right-hander failed to improve he was sent for an MRI on April 9 that revealed a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. He didn't throw off a mound again until a bullpen session on Aug. 9 and made three minor league injury rehabilitation appearances from Sept. 1-11.

He started in a groove.

''Another huge step back for him,'' Boone said.

STANDINGS

New York lowered its magic number to one over Cleveland to clinch the Yankees' 55th postseason appearance - 22 more than any other team. New York's magic number dropped to one over Tampa Bay to wrap up the Yankees' 19th AL East title, their first since 2012. And at 99-53, the Yankees are on the verge of their 21st 100-win season, their first in back-to-back years since 2002-04.

SCORING

Gleyber Torres hit his 38th homer , a three-run drive that capped a six-run fourth inning against Jose Suarez. One pitch earlier, Didi Gregorius doubled in two runs.

New York took a 2-0 lead in the second off Noe Ramirez (5-4) on Gio Urshela's RBI single and Cameron Maybin's run-scoring double .

Jonathan Loiasiga (2-1) followed Severino with two hitless innings as part of a six-hitter against the Angels, already assured of a losing record at 68-83.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Rengifo left in the seventh after hurting his left hand on a swing and miss against Stephen Tarpley. X-rays were negative and he will have more tests Wednesday. ''As soon as I started to swing, kind of felt like a pop,'' Rengifo said. ... INF Tommy La Stella, who hasn't played since fracturing his right tibia with a foul ball on July 2, made the trip. La Stella, who is from Westwood, New Jersey, still is feeling discomfort.

Yankees: OF Giancarlo Stanton, limited to nine games this season, is due back Wednesday or Thursday after recovering from a knee injury. Stanton has been sidelined since straining the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on June 25. ... Maybin was shaking his left wrist in the late innings; the wrist has bothered him since August. ''It crops up on him in certain games,'' Boone said. ''Probably won't start him tomorrow.'' ... DH-1B Edwin Encarnacion (strained left oblique) will not swing a bat this week. ... C Gary Sanchez (strained left groin) remains in the treatment phase of his recovery. ... Happ had a cortisone shot Friday to treat biceps tendinitis in his pitching arm and anticipates making his scheduled start Thursday.

UP NEXT

Sabathia makes his final regular-season start at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, and German could follow in his second straight relief appearance as New York limits his innings. Left-hander Dillon Peters (3-3) starts for the Angels.

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  • W: J. Loaisiga (2-1)L: N. Ramirez (5-4)
  • HR: NYY - G. Torres (38)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Goodwin CF30000122.270.331.483.8140.0
D. Fletcher 3B-2B40200001.290.350.386.7372.0
K. Calhoun RF40200012.233.326.474.8001.5
A. Pujols DH40000005.249.310.449.7590.0
A. Simmons SS40100011.261.304.356.6590.5
J. Walsh 1B30000122.200.262.317.5780.0
L. Rengifo 2B20000020.238.321.364.685-1.0
a- M. Thaiss PH-3B20100011.189.283.385.6680.5
M. Hermosillo LF10000212.231.444.231.6752.5
A. Bemboom C40000036.140.140.233.372-1.5
  • a-struck out for Rengifo in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 1B41210100.329.377.516.8935.0
A. Judge RF41000134.269.382.513.8950.5
D. Gregorius SS51120011.248.288.469.7574.5
G. Torres 2B42231010.285.345.550.8959.5
L. Voit DH21000210.278.392.491.8832.5
B. Gardner CF40100012.249.326.498.8230.5
G. Urshela 3B31210102.328.365.554.9205.0
C. Maybin LF31210111.284.363.472.8365.5
A. Romine C40000015.281.312.438.750-0.5
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Goodwin, D. Fletcher, J. Walsh, A. Bemboom 2 (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Gregorius (13), C. Maybin (17)
    • HR - G. Torres (38)
    • RBI - D. LeMahieu (94), D. Gregorius 2 (58), G. Torres 3 (90), G. Urshela (73), C. Maybin (29)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (43), D. Gregorius 2 (27), G. Torres 3 (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge 2 (29), D. Gregorius, G. Urshela (34), C. Maybin
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Rodriguez-Rengifo-Walsh)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Gregorius-Torres-LeMahieu; LeMahieu-Torres)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Ramirez (L, 5-4)1.01221204.261.23-5.0
    J. Suarez2.27662317.421.70-7.5
    J. Rodriguez3.01003201.841.026.0
    T. Cahill1.11000206.221.473.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Ramirez (L, 5-4)1.0
    J. Suarez2.2
    J. Rodriguez3.0
    T. Cahill1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Severino4.02002400.001.0010.0
    J. Loaisiga (W, 2-1)2.00001304.231.4113.5
    S. Tarpley1.13000407.712.102.0
    C. Gearrin0.20000004.181.490.0
    C. Adams1.01001207.201.842.0
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Severino4.0
    J. Loaisiga (W, 2-1)2.0
    S. Tarpley1.1
    C. Gearrin0.2
    C. Adams1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Ramirez 22-13, J. Suarez 59-39, J. Rodriguez 52-33, T. Cahill 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Suarez 1-4, J. Rodriguez 2-4
    • Batters Faced - N. Ramirez 5, J. Suarez 17, J. Rodriguez 12, T. Cahill 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Tarpley (5)
    • HBP - S. Tarpley (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 67-47, J. Loaisiga 33-21, S. Tarpley 35-25, C. Gearrin 2-2, C. Adams 24-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 5-2, J. Loaisiga 3-0, C. Gearrin 1-0
    • Batters Faced - L. Severino 15, J. Loaisiga 7, S. Tarpley 8, C. Gearrin, C. Adams 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Goodwin CF30000122.270.331.483.8140.0
    D. Fletcher 3B-2B40200001.290.350.386.7372.0
    K. Calhoun RF40200012.233.326.474.8001.5
    A. Pujols DH40000005.249.310.449.7590.0
    A. Simmons SS40100011.261.304.356.6590.5
    J. Walsh 1B30000122.200.262.317.5780.0
    L. Rengifo 2B20000020.238.321.364.685-1.0
    a- M. Thaiss PH-3B20100011.189.283.385.6680.5
    M. Hermosillo LF10000212.231.444.231.6752.5
    A. Bemboom C40000036.140.140.233.372-1.5
    Total31060041322-----
    • a-struck out for Rengifo in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 1B41210100.329.377.516.8935.0
    A. Judge RF41000134.269.382.513.8950.5
    D. Gregorius SS51120011.248.288.469.7574.5
    G. Torres 2B42231010.285.345.550.8959.5
    L. Voit DH21000210.278.392.491.8832.5
    B. Gardner CF40100012.249.326.498.8230.5
    G. Urshela 3B31210102.328.365.554.9205.0
    C. Maybin LF31210111.284.363.472.8365.5
    A. Romine C40000015.281.312.438.750-0.5
    Total33810816915-----
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Goodwin, D. Fletcher, J. Walsh, A. Bemboom 2 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gregorius (13), C. Maybin (17)
      • HR - G. Torres (38)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (94), D. Gregorius 2 (58), G. Torres 3 (90), G. Urshela (73), C. Maybin (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (43), D. Gregorius 2 (27), G. Torres 3 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge 2 (29), D. Gregorius, G. Urshela (34), C. Maybin
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Rodriguez-Rengifo-Walsh)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Gregorius-Torres-LeMahieu; LeMahieu-Torres)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Ramirez (L, 5-4)1.01221204.261.23-5.0
      J. Suarez2.27662317.421.70-7.5
      J. Rodriguez3.01003201.841.026.0
      T. Cahill1.11000206.221.473.0
      Total8.01088691---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Ramirez (L, 5-4)1.0
      J. Suarez2.2
      J. Rodriguez3.0
      T. Cahill1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino4.02002400.001.0010.0
      J. Loaisiga (W, 2-1)2.00001304.231.4113.5
      S. Tarpley1.13000407.712.102.0
      C. Gearrin0.20000004.181.490.0
      C. Adams1.01001207.201.842.0
      Total9.06004130---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino4.0
      J. Loaisiga (W, 2-1)2.0
      S. Tarpley1.1
      C. Gearrin0.2
      C. Adams1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Ramirez 22-13, J. Suarez 59-39, J. Rodriguez 52-33, T. Cahill 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Suarez 1-4, J. Rodriguez 2-4
      • Batters Faced - N. Ramirez 5, J. Suarez 17, J. Rodriguez 12, T. Cahill 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Tarpley (5)
      • HBP - S. Tarpley (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 67-47, J. Loaisiga 33-21, S. Tarpley 35-25, C. Gearrin 2-2, C. Adams 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 5-2, J. Loaisiga 3-0, C. Gearrin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 15, J. Loaisiga 7, S. Tarpley 8, C. Gearrin, C. Adams 5
      • 4TH INNING
        Torres homered to left center, Judge and Gregorius scored08
        Gregorius doubled to deep right, Maybin and LeMahieu scored, Judge to third05
        LeMahieu singled to left, Urshela scored, Maybin to second03
      • 2ND INNING
        Maybin doubled to deep left, Voit scored, Urshela to third02
        Urshela singled to left, Torres scored, Voit to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chance Adams relieved Cory Gearrin
        • A. Simmons: Simmons fouled out to shortstop
        • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Walsh walked
        • M. Thaiss: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Thaiss singled to center, Walsh to second
        • Mi. Hermosillo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
        • A. Bemboom: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bemboom struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Tarpley Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Fletcher reached on an infield single to second
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to right, Fletcher to third
        • Cory Gearrin relieved Stephen Tarpley
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded into double play second to first, Calhoun out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Romine lined out to center
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu singled to right
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Stephen Tarpley relieved Jonathan Loaisiga
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons singled to center
        • J. Walsh: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Walsh struck out looking
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging
        • Thaiss struck out swinging
        • Mi. Hermosillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Hermosillo hit by pitch
        • A. Bemboom: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bemboom struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner lined out to center
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Urshela walked
        • Trevor Cahill relieved Jose Rodriguez
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Loaisiga Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius flied out to left
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Jonathan Loaisiga relieved Luis Severino
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
        • Mi. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hermosillo walked
        • A. Bemboom: Strike looking, Bemboom reached on fielder's choice to second, Hermosillo out at second
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Romine grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Maybin out at second
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike swinging, LeMahieu flied out to deep center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Calhoun singled to right center
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols lined out to center
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • J. Walsh: Ball, Strike looking, Walsh grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Gardner lined out to first
        • G. Urshela: Urshela singled to left center
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Maybin reached on an infield single to shortstop, Urshela to second
        • A. Romine: Ball, Romine flied out to right, Urshela to third
        • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, LeMahieu singled to left, Urshela scored, Maybin to second
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked, Maybin to third, LeMahieu to second
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius doubled to deep right, Maybin and LeMahieu scored, Judge to third
        • G. Torres: Torres homered to left center, Judge and Gregorius scored
        • Jose Rodriguez relieved Jose Suarez
        • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Voit walked
        • B. Gardner: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner singled to center, Voit to second
        • G. Urshela: Urshela flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • Mi. Hermosillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hermosillo walked
        • A. Bemboom: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Bemboom struck out on foul tip
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Goodwin fouled out to left
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gregorius popped out to third
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
        • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Voit grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walsh struck out swinging
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Torres singled to left
        • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Voit walked, Torres to second
        • Jose Suarez relieved Noe Ramirez
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Foul, Urshela singled to left, Torres scored, Voit to second
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin doubled to deep left, Voit scored, Urshela to third
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu walked
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Judge lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodwin walked
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher singled to left, Goodwin to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Goodwin to third, Fletcher out at second
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Calhoun out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, LeMahieu flied out to center
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)