No wonder Derek Jeter didn’t want to come back to The Bronx for this one.
The Yankee great missed the Yankees’ 12-1 win over the Marlins on Monday night at the Stadium, as the Yankees took advantage of a Miami team deep into a teardown under its new CEO, Jeter.
The victory was the Yankees’ third in four games and came in their first game since Friday in Detroit.
Since then, they were postponed because of inclement weather on both Saturday and Sunday against the Tigers.
The free weekend allowed the Yankees to pitch Luis Severino on Monday and the right-hander bounced back from his shaky outing in Boston last week.
Severino pitched six scoreless innings — giving up just a hit and a walk — and cruised as the Yankees pounded the Marlins by scoring runs in each of the first five innings to begin a 10-game homestand.
They didn’t add to the score in the sixth only because Brett Gardner’s liner hit second-base umpire Bill Welke, robbing the left fielder of an RBI.
“I thought the focus to start off this homestand after a couple bad weather days was really strong,” Boone said.
The Yankees also got two homers from Didi Gregorius and another from Aaron Judge to improve to 8-7, while the Marlins fell to 4-12.
“There’s always guys on base you want to drive in,” Gregorius said of his mindset at the plate.
Lately, there’s always someone behind him to drive him in.
Gary Sanchez, who has struggled for most of the first weeks of the season, continued to heat up at the plate, with three hits and three RBIs. He’s driven in 10 runs in his last four games.
“I feel like he’s been close all year,” Boone said. “He’s such a good, natural hitter that he’s one of those guys — even if he’s scuffling — you worry about the least.”
Still, getting some results will no doubt help the entire lineup.
“I think you’ve started to see the last few days, he’s started to use the whole field a little bit more,” Boone said. “I feel like he’s getting close to where he can be ‘Scary Gary.’ ”
On Monday, ‘Scary Gary’ and the rest of the offense got to work quickly.
They loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the first after a single by Gardner and walks to Judge and Giancarlo Stanton by ex-Yankee Caleb Smith.
Sanchez gave the Yankees the lead with a single and they added a run when Smith walked Tyler Austin to force in Judge.
Judge blasted his fourth homer of the season in the second, an opposite-field shot that gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
Gregorius opened the third with a walk and Sanchez reached on a single when center fielder Cameron Maybin lost his fly ball in the lights. Aaron Hicks then crushed a two-RBI double to the gap in left-center.
Severino, meanwhile, didn’t allow a hit until Miguel Rojas led off the fourth with a double to right and he retired the next three batters to keep Miami scoreless.
It was a positive step after Severino allowed five runs in five innings against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, when there was concern he was tipping his pitches.
“I just worked normally,” said Severino, adding that he didn’t notice any tipped pitches when he reviewed his last outing.
He didn’t deal with any problems on Monday, although he lost the battle with Boone when he was taken out after six innings and 86 pitches.
But that was about the only complaint.
“It almost looks like he’s playing catch, and you look up and it’s 98, 99 [mph],” Boone said. “[Bench coach] Josh Bard and I had said at one point, ‘It’s kind of like facing the closer three times around.’ It’s just so easy the way he’s able to create such electric stuff but look like he’s not really working that hard to do it. He’s a special pitcher and got us off on a good note.”
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