Luis Severino waited 45 days, not willingly, to leave. On Wednesday night, the Yankees right-hander went out and made the most of his first start since July 13. Severino allowed one run and two hits in five innings. Oswaldo Cabrera hit a grand slam in the first inning and Gleyber Torres hit two homers in the eighth as the Bombers beat the Pirates 14-2 at Yankee Stadium.

It was the third straight win for the Yankees (90-58), seventh in their last nine and the magic number two to clinch a playoff berth.

Aaron Judge doubled twice and was met with gasps from a scattered crowd that came to the Bronx on Wednesday to see him. Make history. With 60 home runs in the ballpark and Roger Maris’ family, he’s still one shy of Maris’ American League and Yankee single-season home run records. Judge also walked on a groundout, a strikeout and four straight pitches in the Yankees’ eight-run eighth.

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Cabrera’s first-inning grand slam was his third career home run. The Yankees were gone. Tuesday night’s win with Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slamthe second time he had hit slams in consecutive innings.

The Yankees got a pretty good sign for their postseason hopes. Severino should be a big part of their playoff rotation, especially after coming back like he did. He used his fastball to get past hitters, recording 15 of the Pirates’ 18 first-pitch strikes.

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“I’ve been anxious to get back out there for 45 days,” Severino said Tuesday. Making the point that they feel fine after a 15 day IL routine.. “Really happy to be back and contributing to the team.”

For the Yankees, the timing couldn’t be better for Severino to come out and prove he’s healthy for a postseason run. The team found out that the righty had returned from the injured list days after Frankie Montas did. Stop for at least 10 days. And not knowing his status for the rest of the season. The Bombers acquired Montas specifically for his success against the Rays and Astros and with the idea that he would be their No. 2 starter behind Garrett Cole in the playoff series.

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Montas has struggled since the Yankees acquired him from Oakland, and now that he’s sidelined with the same shoulder inflammation that sidelined him for more than two weeks with the A’s, thinking Appropriate if he was ever healthy. He certainly hasn’t proven himself as a No. 2 starter with a 6.35 ERA in eight starts with the Bombers.

But Severino has certainly shown that he can be a consistent weapon down low.

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It’s been three injury-plagued years since Severino became an All-Star in 2018, but he’s come back strong from Tommy John surgery in 2020, with good stuff and the same bulldog mentality that carried him against the team in July. It was about

After pitching in just over 27 games over the past three seasons due to surgery and a lat strain that cost him nearly all of the 2019 season, Severino has pitched to a 3.45 ERA in his first 16 starts this season. Accessed. He scored 95 runs in 86.1 overs.

The Yankees, from GM Brian Cashman to manager Aaron Boone, insisted it was not a workload management ploy. There were concerns about the workload of both Severino, who was limited by injuries, and Nestor Cortes Jr., who had never pitched heavy innings in his young career heading into the season.

Instead, Cashman doubled down on Severino’s late strain requiring a very deliberate ramp-up. Severino, who certainly had injury experience from 2019, disagreed. On the day the Yankees acquired Montas at the trade deadline, the Yankees decided to move Severino from 15-day IL to 60-day. He coincidentally made the 40-man roster spot for Montas and Lou Trevino, who they acquired together from Oakland. He made the move without informing Severino, who told reporters that day that he was “not happy” about it.

Severino and Cortes Jr., who spent a brief 15-day stint on IL in August with what the team said was a strained left groin, could be crucial to the Yankees’ rotation down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Cole may be their No. 1 starter by definition, but he’s struggling to keep the ball in the ballpark. His penchant for giving up home runs this season certainly brings back memories soon after he gave up two homers and three earned runs in the 2021 American League Wild Card Game.

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