It took three days, but the Yankees finally figured out Mike Trout. Or maybe they just got lucky.
With all of Japan watching, Masahiro Tanaka delivered a gem.
Reliever Adam Warren, placed on the DL April 21 with a right back strain, allowed four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. He started the game, walked the first batter he faced, hit the second, walked the third and hit the fourth before allowing a bases-clearing triple.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge meandered over to the ball, never sprinting, never rushing, looking surprisingly calm and nonchalant.
The heart of the Angels’ order – Trout, Justin Upton, Albert Pujols and Ohtani – came up in the top of the eighth with the Yankees ahead 2-1. David Robertson started the inning, inducing a groundout from Trout before walking Upton. Pujols then lined out to short. Aaron Boone opted to pull Robertson, bringing in Aroldis Chapman to face Ohtani, who nearly homered on a 100-mph 2-1 fastball. But the ball tailed foul. Ohtani grounded out on the next pitch.