MIAMI — With a pair of new sluggers in place, the New York Yankees are ready to make their playoff drive.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo homered in his Yankees debut Friday night and All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo also suited up for New York for the first time in the opener of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins.
New York obtained Gallo and left-handed reliever Joely Rodríguez from the Texas Rangers for four minor league prospects Thursday.
Rizzo’s nine-year tenure with the Chicago Cubs ended after he was sent to the Yankees for two prospects.
Entering the series at Miami, the Yankees were 8 1/2 games behind AL East leader Boston and 3 1/2 behind Oakland for the second wild card.