Gallo, Rizzo excited to join Yanks for playoff drive


New York Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo reacts as he runs the bases on a solo home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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.

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