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The Yankees could have hardly scripted the start to this season any better.

With Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Red Sox, they’ve won five straight and their lineup looks to be as good as advertised.

And in the win, Gio Urshela showed last season was no fluke.

Now, the Yankees just have to see if this crazy, 60-game season will actually be played.

In the meantime, they’ll go for the series sweep over Boston on Sunday in The Bronx.

Aaron Judge homered for a fourth straight game thanks to a first-inning blast.

“I’ve been excited about Aaron since before summer camp, when he got cleared to start hitting and everything was going well right away,’’ Boone said of Judge, who was sidelined during spring training in March with a fractured rib. “He got a lot of at-bats and looked really good. He was able to do a lot because he physically felt good. He’s impacting us in such a big way.”

Gio Urshela looks up to the sky after belting a grand slam in the second inning of the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night.Corey Sipkin

He’s not alone.

They added four runs in the second. Luke Voit, Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez each singled to lead off the inning and load the bases for Gio Urshela, who hit a grand slam that bounced off the top of the wall in center to make it 5-0.

The Yankees also welcomed back Masahiro Tanaka, who made his first start of the season after he was hit in the head by a Gancarlo Stanton line drive during a simulated game on July 4.

Tanaka, on a strict pitch count, allowed two runs- one earned- in 2 ⅔ innings. He was pulled after 51 pitches after running into trouble in the top of the third.

He walked Andrew Benintendi with one out and then allowed a single to Kevin Pillar. After Rafael Devers lined out to center for the second out. Tanaka gave up a double to right-center to Xander Bogaerts. That drove in Benintendi and then Pillar scored when Gleyber Torres misplayed the throw into second.

Aaron Boone went with left-hander Luis Avilan to face the lefty-swinging Mitch Moreland and Avilan responded by getting a strikeout to keep it a three-run game.

The Yankees squandered a chance to pad their lead in the fourth. Urshela and Brett Gardner drew one out walks to force Boston starter Zack Godley from the game. After Chris Mazza struck out DJ LeMahieu, Judge walked to load the bases, but Gleyber Torres flied to center to end the threat.

No matter.

While Avilan was the first of the lesser bullpen arms Boone turned to on Saturday, the most notable may have been Nick Nelson, who made his MLB debut and delivered three scoreless innings. The 24-year-old was a fourth round pick and finished last season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He got some help from Urshela, who showed off all facets of his game.

In addition to the homer, Urshela caught the Red Sox napping after his walk in the fourth and stole a base. And then Urshela displayed his defense later in the game.

Nelson got the final out of the top of the sixth when Christian Vazquez hit a grounder down the third base line. Urshela fielded it and while going into foul territory and fired a perfect throw to Voit at first.

David Hale took over in the seventh and pitched the final three innings.

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Biden vows reversal as Trump eyes mining near Grand Canyon, Bristol Bay

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore HuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Jill Biden says she plans to continue teaching if she becomes first lady MORE this weekend announced he would shut down a number of controversial projects being considered by the Trump administration, including mining near the Grand Canyon and Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

“I can’t believe I have to say this, but we can’t let Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE open up the Grand Canyon for uranium mining,” the presumptive Democratic nominee tweeted late Friday.

Biden later made similar comments on Trump’s consideration of the Pebble Mine, a project that was nixed under the Obama administration over environmental concerns.

“Bristol Bay has been foundational to the way of life of Alaska Natives for countless generations, provides incredible joy for recreational anglers from across the country, and is an economic powerhouse that supplies half of the world’s wild sockeye salmon. It is no place for a mine,” Biden wrote in a statement.

Biden’s comments come as the Trump administration has voiced openness to mining projects in both famed locations.

In 2012 the Obama administration placed a 20-year uranium mining moratorium on some 1 million acres of land surrounding the Grand Canyon.

But the Trump administration has been active in promoting domestic uranium mining, arguing the U.S. needs a reliable domestic source to make nuclear fuel and limit China and Russia’s influence in the nuclear power market.

The White House has already deemed uranium a critical mineral for national security purposes while its Nuclear Fuels Working Group proposed the creation of a national uranium reserve. 

That would be a help to the U.S. uranium mining industry, which has seen prices for its product largely fall over the last decade as America gets the bulk of its supplies from allies like Canada, Australia, and Kazakhstan. 

In Alaska, the Trump administration recently determined the Pebble Mine wouldn’t be a threat to nearby fisheries in the bay.

The project “would not be expected to have a measurable effect on fish numbers and result in long-term changes to the health of the commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrote in a July environmental assessment, paving the way to resume the controversial project.

But Trump last week told reporters he planned to review “both sides” of the issue after his son Donald Trump Jr. expressed opposition to the project.

The younger Trump said on Twitter that the headwaters of Bristol Bay and the surrounding fishery “are too unique and fragile to take any chances with.”

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