SEE IT: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has 21-pitch at-bat

SEE IT: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has 21-pitch at-bat

Neither player was giving in on Sunday.

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was outlasted by Angels starter Jaime Barria in their epic duel Sunday, as the duo fought through a 21-pitch marathon in the first inning.

The 21-pitch battle marks a new MLB record, besting the 1998 mark when then-Indians pitcher Bartolo Colon served up 20 offerings to Astros shortstop Ricky Gutierrez.

Brandon Belt flies out after a 21-pitch at-bat.

Brandon Belt flies out after a 21-pitch at-bat.

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In that at-bat, Barria ultimately got the best of Belt, who hit 16 foul balls in his turn at the plate. the first baseman got his revenge against Barria later, however, lacing a single to right field in the third inning to conclude an eight-pitch at-bat.

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Yankees Insider: Aaron Boone discusses that controversial review

Yankees Insider: Aaron Boone discusses that controversial review

The play ended up not affecting the final outcome, but the Yanks were on the wrong end of what most watching believed to be a terrible decision to not overturn an out call at first base in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

Or was it?

Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak’s foot appeared to be several inches off the base on a throw from shortstop Lourdes Gurriel as Yanks batter Tyler Austin crossed the bag, but umpire Ted Barrett’s ruling was upheld following a lengthy video review.

Justin Smoak

Justin Smoak

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Aaron Boone incredulously held his arms out after losing the challenge, but the first-year manager said afterward that the Yanks’ video replay guru Brett Weber thought the replay was inconclusive on at least one of the angles.

“A little bit (upset), but then we actually got word from under that Webby didn’t feel great about it. I guess there was a shot maybe a split second earlier where it was kind of borderline where you’re gonna overturn it,” Boone said. “I just hope that call’s being made not with the idea that I’ve got replay behind me, but we’re grinding through and making the best call that we can.”

ON THE MARK

Mark Teixeira didn’t mind Gleyber Torres donning his old number, 25, for his major-league debut. Teixeira wore the number during his eight seasons in the Bronx from 2009-16.

”I think it’s awesome that @TorresGleyber is wearing #25 for the @Yankees,” the former first baseman tweeted Sunday. “I hope he becomes a star and millions buy his jerseys. Then when I see them in the stadium and on the streets I can tell people, ‘Look, another Tex jersey.'”

WADE DOWN

Utility infielder Tyler Wade was farmed out to Triple-A Scranton to make room for Torres after batting just .086 (3-for-35) through 13 appearances.

“Obviously, he’s disappointed and a little frustrated he couldn’t get it going offensively here,” Boone said. “The opportunities weren’t really there for him in the past week.

“But it doesn’t change how we look at him long-term for us and the value we think he brings, especially in his versatility with the range he brings in the field defensively and his speed, obviously. But we feel he needs to go down and gain some traction offensively and make some adjustments and hopefully get to the point where he’s the offensive player we need him to be.”

Righty reliever David Hale also was recalled as an additional bullpen arm, with outfielder Jace Peterson designated for assignment.

CATCH IF CATCH CAN

Gary Sanchez was not behind the plate for the second straight day after committing his fourth passed ball in three games on Friday night. Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a walk as the DH, with Austin Romine catching Luis Severino and stroking a two-run double.

HOW GOES FRAZIER?

Boone said outfielder Clint Frazier, sidelined since late February with a concussion, could be cleared to resume playing in minor-league games in Tampa on Monday or Tuesday.

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Torres embraced by Yankees fans despite 0-for-4 MLB debut

Torres embraced by Yankees fans despite 0-for-4 MLB debut

“First at-bat, I thought he was really anxious, really excited, you could tell, just the nerves and kind of jumping out there pretty hard,” Boone said. “But he really settled in and his next two at-bats, with runners on out there again, he controlled the zone a little better…and laid off some pitches that you know they wanted him to chase. Steps in the right direction.”

Gleyber Torres makes debut as young Yankees top Blue Jays, 5-1

Gleyber Torres makes debut as young Yankees top Blue Jays, 5-1

With top prospect Gleyber Torres arriving in the big leagues, the Yankees truly are embracing their Baby Bombers persona.

Including the 21-year-old Torres, the 10 players starting the series finale against Toronto on Sunday had an average age of 26 years and 46 days, marking the youngest lineup the Yanks have fielded since September 1970. Their 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays also marked the first time the Bombers didn’t have any players 30 or older in their starting alignment since Sept. 29, 1989 — and the first time in April since 1942.

Torres played second base and went hitless in four at-bats — stranding seven runners on base — in his much-anticipated MLB debut. But fellow rookie Miguel Andujar continued to sizzle with four hits and All-Star righty Luis Severino twirled seven innings of one-run ball as the Yanks (11-9) took three of four from Toronto.

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Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar celebrate after both scored in the second inning.

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Didi Gregorius ripped his sixth homer of the season in the first inning, and backup catcher Austin Romine — the oldest player in the Yanks’ starting lineup at 29 — contributed a two-run double against Toronto lefty Jaime Garcia in the second.

Andujar, 23, added two more doubles, two infield singles and an RBI, extending his streak with at least one extra-base hit to six consecutive games.

PLAY OF THE GAME

One inning after center fielder Aaron Hicks couldn’t hold on to Justin Smoak’s double after crashing into the wall, Giancarlo Stanton ran down Lourdes Gurriel’s liner with an over-the-shoulder grab up against the fence in left for the final out of the fifth.

TURNING POINT

Gleyber Torres

Gleyber Torres

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Torres impatiently swung at and missed a couple of breaking balls from Garcia in his first at-bat in the second, leaving two runners in scoring position. But Romine picked up the rookie with a two-out, two-run double to right to extend the Yanks’ lead to 3-0.

STAR OF THE GAME

That early support was all that Severino (4-1) needed, as he allowed only one run — a solo homer to Teoscar Hernandez in the sixth — on three hits over seven innings (a season-high 112 pitches) to lower his ERA to 2.32.

STAT OF THE DAY

.542. Andujar’s second double of the game extended the lead to 4-1 in the sixth. He finished 4-for-4 and is batting .542 (13-for-24) during his six-game XBH streak.

UNSUNG HERO

Gregorius, who came into the game second in the majors behind Boston’s Mookie Betts with a 1.166 OPS, took Garcia’s 1-1 pitch into the right-field seats in the first. Didi added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for his 20th RBI already.

M.I.A.

Stanton (0-for-8 the past two days) has been an early fixture in this category, and despite making a couple of key defensive plays, the slumping slugger generated boos again after going down looking in the sixth.

UP NEXT

Monday vs. Minnesota, 7:05 p.m. TV-YES. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 6.45) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 5.75).

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Why Mets looking at shaking up back end of their rotation

Why Mets looking at shaking up back end of their rotation

ATLANTA — Zack Wheeler grew up just a few miles from here. The Mets righthander now makes his offseason home just down the road. But in two attempts, Wheeler has yet to get an official start at SunTrust Park.

The Mets and Braves postponed Sunday’s series finale because of rain. It has been rescheduled as a day-night doubleheader on Memorial Day.

Wheeler was scheduled to start, and Mets manager Mickey Callaway said that he will push the rotation back so that Wheeler will now start Tuesday’s series opener against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, who will be pitching in what was Matt Harvey’s spot now, will follow in the three-game series at Busch Stadium.

This will push Jacob deGrom back to the series opener in San Diego. Beyond that, Callaway said the Mets are looking at possibly shaking up the back end of the rotation to split up the lefties with the return of veteran lefty Jason Vargas.

“We’ll have to see what we are going to do with the bottom of the rotation,” Callaway said after the game was called. “There is a chance we might slide Wheeler in between Matz and Vargas, not sure yet.

“We have a little wiggle room.”

Vargas is pitching Monday in Las Vegas, the final step to make sure he can catch and field a ball after recovering from surgery on his right hand. He would be available to pitch on Saturday.

Wheeler, who made his big-league debut at Turner Field, made a start here last May. He pitched into the third inning, but after a two-hour rain delay the game was called. So, that start was wiped out of the records and by the time the Mets came back to make up that game, Wheeler was back on disabled list.

Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler misses out on the chance to pitch with friends from home in the stands.

Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler misses out on the chance to pitch with friends from home in the stands.

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Wheeler said he mostly remembers being hustled into the laundry room to do interviews after the rained out game from his last visit here. So he was looking forward to pitching at SunTrust on Sunday with friends and family in the stands.

And it would have been a sweet homecoming for Wheeler, who is back in the rotation after a rough 2017, spring training and a demotion to the minor leagues. The former first-round draft pick struggled last season after a setback-filled, two-year return from 2015 Tommy John surgery. He started out strong in 2017, pitching so well the Mets scrapped plans to start him in extended spring training, but tired out quickly. He went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts. His last start of the year was July 22, before he was shut down for a stress reaction in his biceps.

This spring, Wheeler revamped his delivery to try to take some stress off his elbow and could not consistently stick with it. Wheeler was demoted to Triple-A the last week in spring training, sent to the minors with the challenge to find some consistency and learn to keep his pitch counts low.

In two starts since being called back up to the majors, Wheeler has done both. He is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA going into Tuesday’s start.

His efficiency allowed him to become the first Mets starter to pitch into the seventh inning this season. Without his best stuff against the Nationals last week, Wheeler got through the sixth having held them to three runs on mostly soft-contact hits.

It said a lot about how far Wheeler has come this season when the Mets made a move to put Harvey in the bullpen this week instead of sending Wheeler back to the minors, which had been the original plan.

“I think Wheeler is throwing the ball really well,” Callaway said. “I think he deserves to stay in the rotation at this point. That’s fairly obvious to me. That’s why we made the decision we did. He’s been solid. Now he just has got to keep it going.”

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