Aroldis Chapman and his new pitch made their delayed regular-season debut worth the wait.
The Yankees closer, after serving a two-game suspension to begin the season, struck out the side in the ninth inning Monday night to finish off a 7-0 win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
“I thought he was really good,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He really wanted to get in there. I was debating whether to even put him in there, but he wanted the ball.”
Chapman did walk a batter, but reached 101 mph with his fastball and got two of the strikeouts on his new split-change.
Before serving the two-game suspension — a result of throwing a 101 mph fastball near the head of the Rays’ Mike Brosseau last September — Chapman had last thrown during a live batting practice session on Wednesday.
“Stuff was really good,” Boone said. “I thought he had really good command. You saw the really good split, I thought he landed some really good sliders as well. Fastball was coming out strong. So, really good first outing for Chappy.”
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