Luis Severino shared the same belief countless others had just before Corey Kluber’s first pitch was thrown at Progressive Field on Thursday night.
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I thought this was going to be a pitchers’ duel, Severino said following the series opener between his New York Yankees and Kluber’s Cleveland Indians.

Indeed, the much-anticipated Severino-Kluber matchup — one that was hyped because of the starters’ sub-2.50 ERAs and double-digit win tallies — failed to live up to its lofty billing as the offenses churned out a combined 18 hits (nine for each team) and five home runs in a 7-4 Yankees win.

Every one of Cleveland’s hits came with same Yankees pitcher on the mound: Severino. It seemed like baseball after baseball that left the starter’s right hand was blasted to some part of the field. To their credit, the four Yankees relievers who replaced Severino across the game’s final four innings held Cleveland hitless to keep their club in the ballgame.

They took very good at-bats against me for a lot of pitches, and they made me grind, Severino said. I struck out one batter. I’m not that kind of guy. I’m maybe two or five, but not one.

Four times this season Severino has reached double digits in strikeouts. In two other games, he finished with nine K’s.

Another problem for Severino was that his fastball and slider were, as Boone said, at times flat with their movement. The velocity on his fastball also was down, checking in at 96.78 mph, about 1 mph slower than average.

Justin Upton also homered for the Angels, who took two of three in the Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Jersey series. Tyler Skaggs pitched six strong innings in his return from the disabled list.

Mariners starter James Paxton left in the first inning with lower back stiffness.

Pujols hit a two-run shot in Womens Brandon Saad Jersey the first and a solo drive in the sixth. He also had three hits to pass ex-Angel Rod Carew and move into a tie for 25th all-time with Rickey Henderson at 3,055.

It was the 50th multihomer game for Pujols, who has 16 home runs this season. He went back-to-back with Upton in the sixth.

Paxton (8-4) exited after Pujols connected for the first time. The left-hander gave up three runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning, throwing just 17 pitches in his final start of the first half.