Corey Kluber’s first outing with the Yankees did not last as long as he may have hoped, but the veteran right-hander had to be happy with what he showed in his debut in pinstripes.
Kluber worked out of a few jams in a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday in The Bronx and looked in control for most of the day. He allowed just one earned run on five hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked three, leaving after surrendering a home run to start the fifth inning,
For Kluber, this was another step back after missing all but one game last year as a member of the Rangers.
“It was fun to get back out there and have a chance to compete with the boys,” Kluber said. “I think that all in all I made pitches when I needed to.”
The two-time Cy Young winner threw 74 pitches in his first start since July of last year. Kluber held the Blue Jays scoreless in the first two innings. He lost his command a bit in the third and walked two batters and threw a wild pitch. One of those batters, Danny Jansen, scored on a throwing error by catcher Gary Sanchez after Kluber struck out Cavan Biggio. Kluber then struck out Bo…