Giancarlo Stanton turns boos to cheers with 2-run HR vs. Rays

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge celebrate Stanton’s two-run blast

Stanton was the first to strike, erasing the boos he drew on Tuesday's home opener from striking out five times, by blasting a mammoth 458-foot home run into the second deck in left field - his third of the season - to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the bottom of the first. Judge connected off reliever Matt Andriese, the pitcher who gave up a home run to Judge in the slugger's first big league at-bat in August 2016.

Sanchez's third-inning drive on a high changeup ended an 0-for-17 slide.

Luis Severino (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a NY starter this year.

The Yanks (3-2) and Rays (1-4) play the series finals Wednesday afternoon (1:05). "With Gary off to a little bit of a slow start the first four or five games". His first home run of 2018 was a no-doubter to left field, flying low and fast and scoring Torreyes, who collected his RBI single earlier in the inning.

Beating the Tampa Bay Rays and watching Didi Gregorius knock in eight runs apparently wasn't enough to satisfy Yankees fans on their Opening Day.

The weather has been so awful this week, with snow postponing play on Monday and rain delaying it Tuesday and Wednesday, that when the sun finally arrived in the top of the fourth inning, the Stadium crowd cheered.

"I totally forgot because I have never done it before", he said.

Fun fact: That was the first five-strikeout game in Giancarlo's life. His only previous home run in the Bronx was for the Marlins against CC Sabathia on June 18, 2015. He got the silent treatment from team-mates when he returned to the dugout, but not from the crowd.

This was Yankee Stadium's first game since the installation of expanded netting that extends five sections past the dugout down each foul line, a move made after several fans were hurt by foul balls a year ago.

The New York Yankees often made similar comments last season about some of Judge's swings against the Baltimore Orioles, who allowed 11 of his 52 homers.

Snell needed 77 pitches to get through three innings and was chased after throwing 90 to get 10 outs.

Starting his fourth season as Derek Jeter's successor, Gregorius had four hits and walked.

It will be the second time in three years he has taken the mound for the team's Fenway debut.

NY obtained INF/OF Cody Asche from Kansas City for a player to be named or cash and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury hurt a hip in his comeback from an oblique injury, a setback that means OF Aaron Hicks (strained ribcage) is likely to return from the disabled list first.

He seemed to know the shot off Rays starter Blake Snell was gone right away.



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