The way Domingo German pitched in spring training to win the Yankees’ fifth starter job made his first regular-season start in 19 months a much-anticipated one.
But Sunday turned out to be more of a dud, and not just for the right-hander.
German gave up a pair of homers in a three-inning start and the Yankees’ quiet bats offered no help as they fell to the Blue Jays, 3-1, in the opening series’ rubber game at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees mustered only five hits against T.J. Zeuch and a parade of Blue Jays relievers, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The final 11 Yankees batters were retired in order as they dropped the series against a Blue Jays team that is expected to be a challenger this season in the AL East.
It had been 564 days since German last took the mound in a major league game, serving an 81-game suspension in between for violating MLB’s domestic-violence policy after an incident involving his girlfriend. Upon his return to the Yankees this spring, he faced some criticism from at least two of his teammates and had to address the team to offer an apology before doing the same publicly.
Before he was suspended late…