Gregorius’ 2 HRs, 8 RBIs lead Yanks over Rays in home opener

NEW YORK (AP) A big bopper powered the New York Yankees to victory in their most anticipated home opener in years – Didi Gregorius, not Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge.

When the Yankees agreed to acquire Stanton from Miami on Dec. 9, Gregorius playfully tweeted : ”Hey Skip am i still batting 4th ???”

He sure is.

Gregorius hit a pair of three-run homers and had a career-high eight RBIs, helping New York overcame five strikeouts by Stanton in his first game in pinstripes. In Aaron Boone’s chilly first home opener as manager, the Yankees broke a seventh-inning tie and romped over the Tampa Bay Rays 11-4 on Tuesday.

”That’s what a cleanup hitter does: You clean up the garbage in front of you,” Stanton said.

Starting his fourth season as Derek Jeter’s successor, Gregorius had four hits and walked. He set a major league record for RBIs by a player in a home opener and a Yankees record for RBIs by a shortstop.

Gregorius established career bests last year with .287 average, 25 homers and 87 RBIs.

”I think everyone around the game understands what a good player he is and what a big-time money player he’s become,” Boone said.

Stanton starred in last Thursday’s opening win at Toronto, homering twice. But he struck out three times against Chris Archer

Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/gregorius-2-hrs-8-rbis-lead-yanks-over-rays-in-home-opener-040318

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