The Yankees remade their starting rotation, but they still figure to rely heavily on their bullpen.
Even without Aroldis Chapman for a second straight game, the relief corps helped the Yankees get their first victory of the season, a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday in The Bronx.
They got a second homer in as many games from Gary Sanchez and a two-run single from Jay Bruce, but they were clinging to a two-run lead in the eighth inning when Darren O’Day allowed a pair of bloop singles to open the inning.
O’Day recovered to get a pair of outs before manager Aaron Boone went to Chad Green for a four-out save. With two on and two out in that eighth inning, the right-hander got Rowdy Tellez swinging on a 1-and-2, 95-mph four-seamer to preserve the two-run lead.
Green finished the game in the ninth in front of an announced crowd of 10,107 at Yankee Stadium. Chapman will be back Sunday after serving his two-game suspension for throwing near the head of the Rays’ Mike Brosseau last season.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the second. Gio Urshela hit a two-out single and went to third on a hard Clint Frazier double to left. DJ LeMahieu followed…