LAKELAND, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton had an uneventful day in left field.
"I got a little bit of action, and that's what we need. I have to keep working at it," the slugger said Tuesday after fielding two hits that he didn't have a chance to catch on the fly in the Yankees' 7-2 Grapefruit League win over the Tigers.
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It was an improvement over his first appearance in left field, in which he misplayed a fly ball into a double and then let another hit drop in front of him.
The Yankees want Stanton, the former Marlins right fielder who is expected to serve as New York's designated hitter with Aaron Judge in right, to handle left field for Interleague games and to spell left-handed-hitting Brett Gardner against certain lefties.
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In two spring games as a Yankees outfielder, Stanton has no putouts, but manager Aaron Boone is impressed with the way Stanton has approached the work.
"There's nothing that tells me he won't be able to do this," Boone said.
"It is different," Stanton acknowledged after playing five innings in left on Tuesday. "From right to left is a bit different. It's not anything crazy to worry about, but it is different in terms of having to get some reps out there and see the different trajectory for the ball."
Stanton sticking with helmet
Stanton, who sustained multiple facial fractures after getting hit by a pitch in 2014, says he will probably continue wearing the helmet extension that protects the bottom left side of his face for the rest of his career.
"I might as well," he said. "They throw too hard these days, and there's pitches even over the plate that you don't necessarily see too great, let alone up in your face."
Stanton was wearing the special helmet when he scorched a double to center in the fourth inning against the Tigers.
Free passes for Montgomery
Jordan Montgomery walked four in 2 2/3 innings in his second spring start.
"Just trying to be too fine with [the fastball], just about the same as I was doing last year," the lefty said. "Instead of just focusing on throwing and whatever happens, happens, I was trying to do too much."
• Billy McKinney hit Tuesday's only home run, a three-run shot in the ninth inning off Zac Reininger. It was the third homer of the spring for McKinney, the Yankees' No. 19 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
• Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been sidelined since Friday with a strained oblique, expects to resume off-field activity soon.