Giancarlo Stanton responds to platinum sombrero with mammoth HR


First Stanton. then Sanchez. then Judge - boom!

The power display - the first time all three have gone deep in a game - showed exactly what general manager Brian Cashman envisioned when he acquired Stanton and his rich contract from the Marlins in the offseason, and why the Yankees are the favorites to win the American League East.

RHP Luis Severino (1-0) starts Wednesday's series finale for the Yankees and LHP Blake Snell (0-0) for the Rays.

Stanton's home run energized New York's dugout.

Then there'll be plenty of games like this 7-2 coasting over the awful Rays at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees' second straight win and a sweep of this quick series, as each of the three sluggers contributed a two-run homer.

117.9 - The exit velocity on Stanton's home run was not just the hardest hit homer of the season thus far, but the hardest hit ball all year, per Statcast.

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"We prepare for him just as much as we prepare for the other boppers in their lineup", Archer said. Torreyes went 1-for-3 with a RBI single and was on base for Judge's two-run home run. Torn rotator cuffs for the Yankees' first- and third-base coaches? What if Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez make a habit of this? That was the only time last season in which the Yankees' Nos.

NY improved to 3-2 under Boone, who took over when Joe Girardi was sacked after a decade in charge.

Entering Wednesday's game, Stanton, Judge and Sanchez were a combined 4-for-42 (.095) in their previous four games. The only hit he had this season coming into Wednesday afternoon was a double he ripped in a 1-for-5 performance on Opening Day in Toronto.

Tampa Bay has lost five straight games since beating Boston in its opener and is off to its worst start since 2011. I felt like his first at-bat [Wednesday] was close. "(Stanton) knows that. It's just, you got to go out there and just do your job the next day.

"I actually said something to him after his first at-bat [which ended in a strikeout] like, 'You're getting real close.' And then he was able to clip one". Jonathan Schoop is 5-for-23 but has three homers off Tanaka. The Yankees are not only going to be a great team this year, but they're also going to be great for many years to come.

It may not be too long.