New Yankees star Juan Soto preserves Opening Day win with game-saving protection in ninth inning

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By Stacy Connor


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The Juan Soto period within the Bronx is off to a sizzling begin.

The New York Yankees stole a 5-4 win in opposition to their archrival Houston Astros on Opening Day, and it most likely wouldn’t have occurred with out their latest famous person.

The Yankees acquired the perennial MVP candidate in a blockbuster commerce with the San Diego Padres within the offseason after their 82-80 marketing campaign was the worst the franchise has seen in a technology. The crew’s .227 batting common final 12 months was the second-lowest in baseball, and it was their lowest win whole in a full season since 1993.

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Juan Soto in outfield

Juan Soto of the New York Yankees warms up within the outfield earlier than the sport in opposition to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Thursday. (Michael Starghill/MLB Pictures by way of Getty Pictures)

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Soto had an RBI single that kick-started the Yanks’ comeback on Thursday — they had been down 4-0 within the second inning, however scored three runs within the fifth, one within the sixth and one other within the seventh, whereas starter Nestor Cortes settled in and reduction pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Ian Hamilton and Clay Holmes in the end shut the door.

However Holmes bumped into some bother when going for the save, as he allowed runners on first and second with one out within the ninth. Kyle Tucker laced a base hit into proper discipline, and because the Astros despatched Mauricio Dubon round third in an try and tie the sport, Soto got here firing.

And he threw an absolute dart.

Dubon was known as out on the sphere, and after a prolonged overview, the ruling on the sphere stood. The following batter, Alex Bregman, grounded right into a fielder’s alternative to provide the Yanks the win.

Yankees' Juan Soto and Gleyber Torres

New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, left, and proper fielder Juan Soto have a good time after the sport in opposition to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Thursday.  (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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The Yankees acquired Soto to provide their offense a much-needed increase, so something they get on protection is an added bonus — and this was definitely an added bonus.

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In true Soto style, he walked twice within the victory. Getting into Opening Day, his profession .421 on-base proportion since 2019 is probably the most within the majors (he is hitting in entrance of slugger Aaron Decide, whose .982 OPS since 2017 can also be one of the best in baseball).

Soto is slated to be a free agent on the finish of this season, so the Yankees are definitely taking a threat, as he’ll seemingly garner a minimum of $500 million in a brand new contract.

Juan Soto and Aaron Judge

Juan Soto, left, and Aaron Decide of the New York Yankees look on in the course of the recreation in opposition to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Thursday.  (Michael Starghill/MLB Pictures by way of Getty Pictures)

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However for now, the Yankees are celebrating, and are, in fact, on tempo to go 162-0.

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