NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius' power stroke has returned, as the shortstop homered for the third time in his past three games on Friday, helping the Yankees to a 5-0 victory over the Rays at Yankee Stadium.Gregorius connected for a solo home run off former teammate Nathan Eovaldi in the
NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius' power stroke has returned, as the shortstop homered for the third time in his past three games on Friday, helping the Yankees to a 5-0 victory over the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Gregorius connected for a solo home run off former teammate Nathan Eovaldi in the third inning, projected to travel 391 feet to the second deck in right field, according to Statcast™. It was Gregorius' 14th long ball of the season, coming off a two-homer performance on Tuesday against the Nationals, and part of a three-hit night.
"Nothing at all [is different]. Everything has been the same," Gregorius said. "The thing is, they're finally falling. That's the only thing I can say."
The American League Player of the Month for April, Gregorius opened the year red-hot, batting .327/.421/.735 with eight doubles, a triple, 10 homers and 30 RBIs prior to May 1.
He slumped in May, batting .151/.186/.215 with a homer and five RBIs, but has looked more like himself of late, batting .333 (18-for-54) in his past 14 games.
"I just feel like he's getting back into a strong position more consistently now," manager Aaron Boone said. "He's kind of rocking back with that little tap that he's got. I feel like he's in a really strong position to really impact the ball. I feel like he's laying off some pitches more so than he was before.
"We've seen some walks here in the past week and I think he's getting a little more comfortable. But I think it starts with he's getting into a strong position to do some damage and impact that ball more consistently."
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