TORONTO (AP) Giancarlo Stanton felt like a rookie again.
Stanton began his Yankees career in style , hitting the hardest-hit opposite-field home run since Major League Baseball began tracking exit velocity in 2015, adding an RBI double and a second homer into the center-field party deck in the ninth. Stanton’s four RBIs led the Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Thursday and gave Aaron Boone in a win in his first game as a professional manager.
”My biggest challenge, I told myself, was going to be to be calm,” Stanton said. ”You want to get the first one out of the way and then you can relax.”
Stanton was given the silent treatment by the Yankees , except for head athletic trainer Steven Donohue, when he returned to the dugout after the second home run. So Stanton high-fived imaginary hands.
”I had to get it late,” he said. ”But I got some air high-5s.”
Stanton became the seventh Yankee to hit multiple home runs on opening day, the first since Joe Pepitone in 1963.
”Every pitch, it just seemed like he was in a really good place,” Boone said.
Stanton took a strike from J.A. Happ (0-1) in the first inning, then hit a 426-foot, two-run drive to right measured at 117.3 mph.
”It’s an interesting feeling, man,” Stanton said. ”It was
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/stanton-homers-twice-in-debut-yankees-beat-blue-jays-6-1-032918
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