Yastrzemski, Giants win 3-2 over Padres; Tatis injured

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SAN DIEGO — Pinch-hitter Mike Yastrzemski hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Darin Ruf and Evan Longoria also connected to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 victory Monday night against the San Diego Padres, who lost star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. with a partially dislocated left shoulder.

Tatis was injured taking a hard swing for strike three in the third inning. He winced in pain as he fell to the ground and cradled his left arm. Manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer held Tatis' left arm against his body as he walked off the field.

Tatis signed a 14-year, $340 million contract on Feb. 22, the longest deal in big league history.

Yastrzemski was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore left hand but pinch hit in the pitcher's spot and homered to centre field off Craig Stammen (0-1) with one out in the seventh, his first.

Ruf homered to centre leading off the second, his first, and Longoria homered to right leading off the fourth, his third. Both were off starter Adrian Morejon.

Caleb Baragar (1-0) got the last out of the sixth for the win and Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his second save. McGee put two runners on with two outs before getting Tommy Pham to fly out to centre field to end it.

Victor Caratini drove in both of San Diego's runs, on a single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Anthony DeSclafani made his Giants debut after spending five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He held San Diego to one run and four hits in five innings, struck out four and walked three.

Morejon allowed two runs and five hits in four innings.

The 22-year-old Tatis left a game late in spring training with left shoulder discomfort but was back two days later. Tingler said then that Tatis had been dealing with left shoulder discomfort since his minor league days. Tatis later said he’d had it since rookie ball.

Earlier in the spring, Tatis was shaken up while sliding headfirst into home and missed several games.

Tatis has struggled in the first five games, hitting just .167 and committing five errors, although he hit a 465-foot home run Sunday in a loss to Arizona.

He was limited to 84 games as a rookie in 2019 after missing a month early in the season with a hamstring injury and then missing the last six weeks with a stress reaction in his lower back.

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Giants: RHP Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to make his Giants debut on Tuesday night. He missed the pandemic-shortened 2020 season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Padres: RHP Yu Darvish (0-0, 7.71) seeks his first win with the Padres after getting no-decision in San Diego's 8-7 opening day win over Arizona. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in his Padres debut.

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Bernie Wilson, The Associated Press