Yankees’ Luis Severino upstages Giancarlo Stanton with complete-game shutout

From top to bottom, nobody can match the Houston Astros’ starting pitchers arm for arm.

That’s not even worth debating.

The Yankees do have a one-night counter to the best rotation in baseball, maybe the best in the game since the Maddux-Glavine-Smoltz-era Atlanta Braves.

It’s now time to elevate Luis Severino, an All-Star and Cy Young runner-up last season, into that next tier, the one reserved for the best of the best, the Clayton Kershaws and Justin Verlanders of the world.

I felt like most of the night he was on cruise control and just lighting it up, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

This was the first time in 60 career starts that Severino finished what he started and a Yankees first since Masahiro Tanaka went nine pitching a three-hit shutout in Boston on April 27, 2017.

Severino struck out 10 and one walk in improving his record to 5-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.11 after a season in which he was an All-Star and Cy Young finalist.

I didn’t do nothing special last year, Severino said. I have to keep grinding, keep fighting. The things that happened last year, that’s last year. This year I have to try to be better.

Ryan Shazier, who already was ruled out of playing in 2018 because of his spinal cord injury, was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Wednesday afternoon.

By placing Shazier on the list, the Steelers do not need to account for him on their 90-man offseason roster. Shazier, however, will collect his entire $8.7 million salary as a result of the Steelers picking up his fifth-year option a year ago.

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Oakland A’s agree to one-year deal with Jonathan Lucroy

The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The A’s finalized the deal Monday and announced that left-handed pitcher Jairo Labourt was designated for assignment.

Lucroy, 31, is a two-time All-Star and the top catcher left on the free agent market. He’ll move ahead of Bruce Maxwell and Josh Phegley on the depth chart and give the Athletics a veteran presence behind the plate to work with a young pitching staff.

Georgiev made a key pad save on Sebastian Aho late in the third period to preserve the lead.

“I knew they were coming hard,” Georgiev said. “It’s just instinct how I stretched that pad.”

Teuvo Teravainen, Lee Stempniak and Victor Rask scored for the Hurricanes. Scott Darling, who has struggled in his first season with Carolina, made 17 stops.

Tied at 3 in the third, Vesey took a loose puck at the left faceoff circle and wristed a high shot past Darling at 12:15.

“That’s where I was going,” Vesey said. “I had a shot from a similar angle in the first period and I kind of misfired and put it lower than I wanted. I was definitely trying to go high blocker and just fortunately it went in.”

Myles Turner has been up and down all season, but over the last week, he seems to be on an upswing. He put 24 points on the elite Utah Jazz defense, and he has averaged 20.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.3 3-pointers during his last three games.

Rudy Gobert has been a monster since he finally got healthy, and his strong play has coincided with the Jazz making a legit run for the playoffs. He has averaged 16.2 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks during his last 13 games and shows no signs of slowing down.

Jusuf Nurkic finished last season with a bang before injuries took him down, and this season, he seems to be on the same page. He has averaged 16.0 points (59.6 FG%, 66.7 FT%), 12.8 rebounds, 2.8 Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys assists and 1.0 blocks during his last four games.

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