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Alek Manoah shines in season debut against the Yankees

Former Mountaineer Alek Manoah shined in his first start of the regular season on Monday.

Facing a star-studded New York Yankees lineup, Manoah threw 6.0 innings, striking out seven, while giving up only one hit, and walking four batters. Manoah threw 89 pitches on the evening, and was able to work out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning.

Manoah’s six innings, backed by two runs in the third inning, propelled the Blue Jays to the 3-0 win on Monday night in New York, while getting credited with the win.

Manoah’s manager Charlie Montoyo spoke highly of his young hurler after the game, saying he continues to get better and persevere.

“He just keeps improving,” Montoyo said. “That’s a tough lineup and he was in charge the whole game. Then he lost it a little bit, lost his command, but he doesn’t panic. That’s why he got the job done, because he never panics. You don’t teach that. He has it.”

Manoah (1-0) toyed with a changeup, after he had mostly been fastball and slider dominant until this point. Manoah said he hasn’t needed it to this point, but will continue to work on developing that third pitch.

“I’m learning when to mix it in, how to mix it in,” Manoah said. “I feel like in college, I didn’t really need it. In the Minor Leagues, I didn’t really need it. Last year, I didn’t really need it a ton, but being able to mix that in and keep hitters off balance will be huge.”

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

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