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Stanton hitting his groove with 2-homer game

Yanks slugger: 'I feel better now ... than I did leaving spring last year'
@BryanHoch
March 22, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. – The lumber may not have been ready for prime time, but it seems like Giancarlo Stanton's swing is. Stanton homered twice, including a broken-bat blast over the left-field fence, as the Yankees outslugged the Phillies for a 6-3 victory on Friday evening at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

TAMPA, Fla. – The lumber may not have been ready for prime time, but it seems like Giancarlo Stanton's swing is.

Stanton homered twice, including a broken-bat blast over the left-field fence, as the Yankees outslugged the Phillies for a 6-3 victory on Friday evening at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

"I was like, 'I thought I put a good swing on it?'" Stanton said. "It shouldn't have been a broken bat, but I think I was just out in front and off the end a little bit. I had some good [broken-bat homers] in the Minor Leagues, with those pro-stock bats. But not in the big leagues."

Stanton's first homer came in the third inning off Philadelphia starter Jerad Eickhoff, as the slugger mashed a hanging curveball over the party deck in left field. The second shot was slugged off a fastball from reliever Victor Arano, giving Stanton four homers this spring.

"Man, only 'G' can hit those two balls," manager Aaron Boone said. "Somehow that [first] one stayed fair and then he breaks his bat and hits the second home run. I noticed in [batting practice], I thought his BP was really, really good. I usually don't say much to 'G', but I even swung by and said, 'Looks really good.'"

As he prepares for his second season in pinstripes, Stanton has enjoyed a lower profile this spring, spending hours grinding in the batting cages out of public view. In 15 Grapefruit League games, Stanton has batted .342 (13-for-38) with two doubles and eight RBIs.

He said that his swing is in a better place than it was last year, when he hit .266/.343/.509 with 38 homers and 100 RBIs.

"I feel better now leaving spring than I did leaving spring last year," Stanton said. "Just finding a groove, finding a rhythm. You build off of this. You re-enact the muscle memory and how you feel from these last couple of days and bring it into the season."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.