Stanton homer turns boos to cheers as Yanks beat Rays 7-2

NEW YORK — 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.

“It was loud,” Aaron Judge marveled. “It was impressive.”

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.

“Hopefully we’ll put some back-to-back-to-backs in there,” Stanton said, “but it’s good that we all got one today.”

Luis Severino (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings , the longest outing by a New York starter this year. The Yankees improved to 4-2 under new manager Aaron Boone and won their

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