The Yankees had every reason to be tired of seeing the Houston Astros. Last fall, the Astros eliminated the Yankees from the playoffs. This week, they spoiled opening day at Yankee Stadium.
On Wednesday, the Yankees got a measure of revenge, punishing the Astros over and over in a 16-6 mauling in the Bronx. The Yankees ripped three home runs, all after scoring six runs off Collin McHugh in the first inning.
“In the game of baseball, not every day is going to happen like today,” said Carlos Beltran, who was 2 for 4 with a homer. “But we’re confident in the hitters we have.”
It was a 3-hour-45-minute slog, with some players, coaches and brave fans bundled up in the chill. It was not crisp, and hardly suspenseful. But it left behind a trail of oddities not seen in many years.
Starlin Castro drove in five runs — and has seven already, a total no other Yankee has…