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Major League Baseball made sure Wednesday that the New York Yankees knew not to use players' likenesses to promote the sale of alcohol at Yankee Stadium this season.

Perhaps the biggest move of the baseball offseason was All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton getting traded to the one place all players end up on a long enough timeline.

According to Giancarlo Stanton, all bets are off.

The gap between Madison Bumgarner, cattle-roping World Series hero and baseball's Marlboro Man, and the soft-tossing Blach is as vast as it is stark.

Shohei Ohtani also got off to a nice start with a hit in his first at-bat. The Yanks' GM quipped before Thursday's opener that he's now "switched it to the Big Engine That Could".

Stanton, known for his prodigious blasts, walloped a two-run homer on Thursday in his first at-bat as a Yankee, giving his team an early 2-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays.

When he makes his official Bronx debut, it'll be the first time Stanton will get to soak in the reality of his new pinstriped threads for a meaningful game.

The story couldn't have been written even better.

The 24-year-old Severino will be the youngest Yankees opening-day starter since Lefty Gomez got the call way back in 1932.

"Special day in anybody's book", White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "You've still got to prove yourself".

AROUND THE BASES The Yankees have dropped their past six opening days, dating back to 2012, the longest run in franchise history ... He hit two home runs.




The Astros, down three games to two, outscored NY 7-1 in Game 6 and 4-0 in Game 7 to win the American League Championship Series, their second.

Across town in Queens, the Mets don't have that kind of flash in their lineup, though Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier could be flirting with 30 home runs apiece this season.

There didn't appear to be any flaps with umpires over the new policy, though it seemed to have an early effect in Miami, where Jose Urena gave up a home run to Happ on his first pitch. "Gardy said a couple words there". In lieu of a first pitch, Halladay's teenage sons Braden and Ryan, placed a ball on the mound, which was covered in a black cloth with Halladay's 32 in white. He struck out seven and walked three. Even so, it took a while before pitching coach Juan Nieves went to see him - when he did, the scoreboard at Marlins Park counted down the MVs from six to five. He lasered a double in the fifth inning to drive in another run.

Both teams wore patches to honor the 17 people killed at his former high school in Parkland, Florida.

Stanton was going to hit home runs.

"He is really focused", Boone said.

Early in the day, the rain was the big victor.

Aaron Boone's work in the broadcast booth has no doubt given him a unique perspective about his New York Yankees.

Back then the Bandwagon Express left Penn Station in midtown Manhattan and pulled in Link-ups all across the country. the vast majority of which had no homer ties to any NY borough. He's been in the major leagues since 2010. "But I didn't think he would swing right away at that". Hopefully they're able to develop a good rapport with one another and just communicate how a guy may be attacking them.

Dozens of free agents remain without deals, including Jose Bautista, Mark Reynolds, Carlos Ruiz, Matt Holliday and Melky Cabrera.

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