Encarnacion HR off Tanaka, Blue Jays beat Yankees in opener

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NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 6-1 Monday in Alex Rodriguez’s return to the major leagues.

Without retired Derek Jeter in the lineup, an opening day crowd at Yankee Stadium reserved its biggest cheers for Rodriguez in his first game back from a year-long drug suspension. Batting seventh, his lowest spot in a regular-season game since 1996, A-Rod singled, walked, and lined out.

Drew Hutchison, at 24 the youngest opening day starter in Blue Jays’ history, held the Yankees hitless until Brian McCann laced a ball just inside the first base line for a single with two outs in the fourth.

Hutchison (1-0) allowed three hits, including Brett Gardner’s homer in the sixth inning, to help Toronto improve to 20-19 in openers, including 1-2 vs. the Yankees.

Ex-Yankee Russell Martin hit a two-run single in a five-run third inning against Tanaka (0-1).