Starlin Castro blasted a three-run home run in the second, doubled and drove in two more runs later in the game to lead the Yankees to a 16-6 win over the Houston Astros. Castro was four for five on the night with five RBI as the Yankees put nine runs on the board in the first two innings of the game. Mark Teixeira went two for four with a home run and four RBI, and Carlos Beltran added a home run for the Yankees.
Castro looks comfortable at the plate and in the field playing second base. He came over to the Yankees this past winter from the Cubs for pitcher Adam Warren. Castro should thrive in the Yankee lineup where he doesn't have to be a big part of the offense. The pressure of being a leader on a rebuilding team was lifted from his shoulders, and now the still young Castro needs to just play baseball.
The Yankees head to Detroit on Friday for the Tigers home opener. Houston heads to Milwaukee to play the Brewers over the weekend.