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Yankees call up first baseman Luke Voit and put him in lineup

The Cardinals' Luke Voit stands in the dugout

The Cardinals' Luke Voit stands in the dugout against the Reds on June 9, 2018, in Cincinnati. Credit: AP/John Minchillo

BOSTON — The Yankees wasted no time throwing Luke Voit into the deep end of the pool.

Voit, a righthanded hitting first baseman acquired last week from the Cardinals, was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday and was inserted into the lineup for the first game of the four-game series against the Red Sox.

“Awesome,” Voit said before the game. “I got to be a part of Cubs/Cards and this is super similar, almost on a bigger stage. It was intense there and I can’t wait to play here. It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Voit, who batted seventh as the DH and went 0-for-4, spent most of the season in the minors but played in eight games with the Cardinals, going 2-for-11, including one homer, three RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. He appeared in 62 games last season for St. Louis, hitting .246 with a .736 OPS with four HRs, nine doubles and 18 RBIs.

How would the 6-3, 225-pound Voit describe himself as a player?

“Obviously, a big guy, I hit for power,” Voit said. “But I’m also more well-rounded, too. I feel like I’m not a big guy who just strikes out or hits home runs. I hit doubles, I usually hit for average, too.

n Cessa rocked

The Yankeed called up righty Luis Cessa and optioned infielder Tyler Wade to Scranton.

Cessa entered Thursday’s game in the fourth inning with the Yankees trailing 10-4. He allowed five runs — all earned — and seven hits in 3 2⁄3 innings. The score was 15-6 when he was lifted in the eighth.

Cessa threw 51 pitches and is unlikely to start Saturday in place of Happ. Righty Lance Lynn could get the start.

n Let’s chat

Aaron Boone spoke with Gleyber Torres after Wednesday’s loss to the Orioles. The rookie homered twice but also committed a couple of blunders. He was late covering first base in the second inning on a bunt play and failed to cover second on a grounder in the third.

“He and I had a very good conversation and I don’t worry about Gleyber,” Boone said. “He’ll be ready to roll today and hopefully we’re better for things that went on yesterday.”

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