The Yankees have swept out the old and welcomed the new, and they received another indication Monday that the future may indeed hold the sort of promise that has been missing most of the season.
Riding a superb pitching performance by the rookie right-hander Chad Green and another booming hit by the newcomer Aaron Judge, the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees hung on in the ninth inning when third baseman Chase Headley went to his knee to backhand a smash down the line by Edwin Encarnacion, who leads the majors in runs batted in. Headley started a game-ending double play that prevented the tying run coming home from third.
“There’s a lot of excitement to end the game that way,” Headley said.
There seems to be a greater degree of enthusiasm, too, in the Yankees’ dugout with the influx of young, exuberant talent that is contributing in meaningful ways.