Giancarlo Stanton homer turns boos to cheers as New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay Rays 7-2

WFTSPublished: April 5, 2018
Published: April 5, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton turned on a high slider from Blake Snell, and the cracking sound in Yankee Stadium was exceptional. The newest slugger in New York's lineup watched the drive head about 10 rows into the left-field second deck at 117.9 mph, the hardest-hit ball in the major leagues so far this young season. Even before the ball landed 458 feet from home plate, Stanton flipped his bat with gusto toward New York's dugout and headed on a trot around the bases with his first Yankees home run in pinstripes. Fans cheered, those career-high five strikeouts from the home opener a distant memory, along with the boos. Stanton hit an emphatic go-ahead drive in the first inning , and Judge and Gary Sanchez also hit two-run homers. The Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname with a 7-2 win over the already reeling Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday that completed a two-game sweep.

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