Astros Get Castro-ed, 16-6

first_imgNEW YORK — Starlin Castro looks perfectly comfortable in pinstripes.The Yankees’ new second baseman homered and drove in five runs, Mark Teixeira had four RBIs and New York trounced the Houston Astros 16-6 for its first victory of the season April 6.In his first two games with New York, Castro has a record seven RBIs. The previous Yankees mark for RBIs in a player’s first two games with the team was set by Todd Greene, who knocked in six runs in 2001, according to STATS.“Starlin Castro is playing T-ball right now,” teammate Carlos Beltran said. “It’s good to see him swinging the bat like that. He’s a big key.”Teixeira and Castro each hit a three-run homer. Beltran also went deep and Castro finished with four of the 17 hits for the Yankees, who chased Collin McHugh (0-1) in a six-run bottom of the first inning that lasted 36 minutes.Castro was obtained in an offseason trade with the Chicago Cubs, where the three-time All-Star had an up-and-down tenure and was moved from shortstop to second base last year to make room for rookie Addison Russell.“I just want to be the player that I used to be, to show everybody that I can be the player that I am,” said Castro, who set a major league record with six RBIs in his big league debut for the Cubs in May 2010 against Cincinnati.“It’s a good opportunity for me to be in this organization,” he added. “I don’t really feel pressure either way, but I think here it’s less.”Carlos Correa went 4-for-5 with two home runs and George Springer had his first career grand slam for Houston, a 5-3 winner April 5 in the frigid opener (36 degrees at game time). This one started with the temperature at 43 degrees and took 3 hours, 45 minutes to complete.New York’s bats were hot all night, though.Brian McCann had a two-run double in the first, Brett Gardner walked a career-high four times and pinch-hitter Ronald Torreyes hit a two-run triple in his first at-bat with the Yankees.Castro followed with a run-scoring single to make it 16-6 in the seventh.“Nice pace that he’s on,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “We felt that he would be big in our lineup, that he gave us a lot better balance than we’ve had.”Michael Pineda (1-0) benefited from the offensive outburst, taking home a win despite allowing six runs and eight hits — including three homers — in five innings.Ivan Nova, beaten out by CC Sabathia for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, finished with four scoreless innings on a windy night for his first major league save. It was his first relief appearance since June 2013.“He did a really good job,” Girardi said. “It was tough conditions for pitchers tonight.”McHugh, a 19-game winner last season, managed to get only one out in the shortest start of his career. He beat Pineda twice last year and entered with a 1.88 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 14 1-3 innings in two starts against the Yankees.“It’s about as bad as you can draw it up,” McHugh said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img