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Yankees’ bats silenced by Blue Jays rookie Alek Manoah in loss

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For a few hours Thursday afternoon, Yankee Stadium sounded like the Rogers Centre — or TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla. or Sahlen Field in Buffalo.

The Blue Jays have been vagabonds since 2020 due to the pandemic, but they made themselves right at home in Game 1 of a doubleheader in The Bronx.

A small crowd for the early game consisted of a rowdy cheering section for Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah, who made his MLB debut and dominated the Yankees to hand them a 2-0 loss.

Miguel Andujar mustered the Yankees’ only two hits off Manoah, both singles, as the 23-year-old pitcher struck out seven across six shutout innings. He also walked two batters, but did not allow a runner to reach second base.

Domingo German nearly matched Manoah, but the two of the three hits he gave up in 5 ⅔ innings were much costlier — back-to-back home runs by Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette in the third inning.

That was all the offense the Blue Jays (25-23) needed with Manoah on the mound. Jordan Romano completed the shutout in the seventh inning to hand the Yankees (28-21) their second straight loss after winning six straight.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Manoah had faced the Yankees in spring training and tossed three hitless innings, at one point striking out seven straight. Thursday he flashed more of the same, combining a fastball that reached 97 mph with a changeup and slider that kept the Yankees off balance.

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