Stanton turns in 3rd multihomer performance

May 8th, 2018

NEW YORK -- cleared the wall twice on Tuesday, celebrating his third multihomer game of the season in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Red Sox. His teammates are still marveling at the swing that produced his first blast of the night.
Challenged by with a second-inning 91.7-mph fastball up in the zone, Stanton hacked and mashed a 111.5-mph laser with a launch angle of 17 degrees -- the lowest by a Yankee this season.
"Just keep my hands inside of it," Stanton said. "It was an elevated pitch and that's like hitting an inside pitch. You've got to get inside and be quicker to it. Try and chop it down."

Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it "kind of weird -- that superhero swing," adding that "when he connects, it comes off different." Stanton wasn't done; he also opened the fourth inning with a homer to right field on a more traditional swing, continuing to produce against left-handed pitching.
"Pretty impressive, especially with Pomeranz going up there twice with a fastball in the zone," said. "For 'G' to get on top of that and keep it fair was impressive, and for him to go to right field, same thing. It's incredible. Fun to be around."

Stanton is one of four players to have three multihomer games within the Yankees' first 35 games of a season, joining Mickey Mantle (1956), Roger Maris (1960) and Alex Rodriguez (2007) -- all of whom went on to win the AL MVP Award.

While Boone had predicted before Tuesday's game that Stanton's breakout was "imminent" -- former manager Joe Girardi echoed similar thoughts on MLB Network, stating that this series would create Stanton's breakout moment -- Stanton said that the more notable part of the night was how the Yankees continue to win with contributions from every part of the roster.
"It doesn't matter the situation, the score, how many runs we're behind," Stanton said. "We know someone is going to step up and we haven't looked to one guy to do it. It's one through nine. That's the biggest key. As the opposition, you see maybe one through five or six and you think you can just turn the lineup over. We're going to be tough all the way through."
Cooler heads
Boone said that he did not expect any carryover from the fireworks that took place on April 11 at Fenway Park, which prompted suspensions for the Yankees' and Joe Kelly of the Red Sox, plus fines for several others.
"Not at all," Boone said. "I think obviously we're getting ready to play a really good team. I think what happened is behind us. We're looking forward to just some really good baseball these next few days."

The relationship between the rivals seemed to be congenial during batting practice on Tuesday. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman slapped a sticker that read "I love Phil Nevin" on the back of Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who enveloped Cashman in a bear hug, lifting the general manager off the ground.
Tuesday marked the first time since June 2, 2002, that the Red Sox (25-9) and Yankees (24-10) faced off owning the top records in the Majors.
Bombers bits
• Infielder Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) and outfielder (left shoulder sprain) are logging at-bats in extended spring games in Florida.
Boone said that Bird felt "really strong" and "is moving in the right direction." The Yankees will soon decide whether to have Bird play at Class A Advanced Tampa or if they can send him directly to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• Outfielder (left hip soreness) is doing baseball activities, running and hitting. Boone said that Ellsbury was "under the weather" on Monday and sent home from the Yankees' complex.
"Hopefully he's on his way again to getting to a point where we start to consider getting him in some games, but I would think that's a little ways off," Boone said.
• Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder tendinitis) and (right back strain) are continuing their flat-ground throwing program. Boone is hopeful that both players could be activated by the end of the month. (left oblique strain) is not expected to be activated before June 1.
• David Fizdale, the newly named head coach of the Knicks, visited with the Yankees on the field prior to Tuesday's game and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.