With the likes of Drury - a post-pitchers-and-catchers addition whom Cashman had his eye on long before trading for him - and Wade, the mid-March victor of a position battle - already contributing, the Yankees have shown they will be OK on those nights when Stanton and Judge just don't have it.
"I thought the resounding theme when I was doing spring training this year from a lot of players and coaches is that they're flying under the radar", he said.
NY starter Luis Severino came up huge for the Yanks, fanning seven Jays, while only allowing one hit in five and two-thirds innings of work.
The Yankees ran wild on journeyman minor leaguer Rafael Lopez in the first game, stealing four bases in four attempts. John Axford watching Stanton turn around a 96 m.p.h. fastball to make it 3-0 before Gary Sanchez's double on a 93.5 m.p.h. slider tacked on another run.
Making his first start since last July 19, Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Pillar's feat marked the first time in Toronto franchise history a Blue Jay had recorded three stolen bases in an inning.
Blue Jays' centerfielder Kevin Pillar finally gave the sold out crowd at Rogers Centre something to cheer about in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the shifty outfielder went yard for his first homerun of the season off of big 6-foot-8, 270-pound Dellin Betances.
Grichuk batted.238 with 22 homers, 25 doubles and 59 RBIs through 122 games with the Cardinals last season. Drury also singled home a run in the fourth.
Wade added his wo-run double in the sixth. McKinney was recalled from Triple-A Friday after Hicks went on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right ribcage. He will be shut down for three days before resuming activity.
Hicks joined Clint Frazier (concussion) and Jacoby Ellsbury (right oblique strain) on the shelf. The Blue Jays are otherwise healthy to start the season. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games.
While he had been out of the game since 2013, there are still plenty of people in baseball [VIDEO]right now who knew him, played with and/or against him, and who still can not believe he is gone. "Being a Blue Jays fan, seeing how hard he worked, and this team wasn't able to have the playoffs come to fruition for him". Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to finish the combined four-hitter. Closer Roberto Osuna picked up Toronto's first save of the season by pitching a flawless ninth inning. To keep them off the basepaths, off the board with the power they got, it's a good sign.
New York's Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA in 2017) gets the call on Opening Day at Toronto, and he was great on the road a year ago. The only problem was, they missed just about everything they swung at.
Picking up exactly where he left off in 2017, Stanton was a force to reckon with at the plate on Thursday. Time to preview the first series of the new season.
Pillar hit a one-out single and swiped his way to third.
Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor hit back-to-back sacrifice flies for a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning against 2015 AL Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel (0-1).