Clint Frazier
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For better or worse, the New York Yankees were built to hit the home run. Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier did their part early on Sunday.

The long ball saved the New York Yankees on Saturday night against the Baltimore Orioles. Clint Frazier’s three-run home run was the difference.

On Sunday, Gleyber Torres and Frazier launched second-inning home runs that give starting pitcher Domingo German some breathing room.

Frazier’s was deep to center field and his second of the season. It was nearly pulled back by Cedric Mullins, but Frazier gave it just enough to clear an outstretched glove.

Gary Sanchez wanted in on the fun in the third inning. After a leadoff double from Brett Gardner, Sanchez launched a two-out, two-run homer that left Camden Yards in a hurry.

The enigmatic catcher now has four home runs on the season and is starting to show off his power at the plate. With all the injuries, the Yanks need guys like Sanchez, Torres, and Frazier to step up and carry the load.

Although New York is well on its way to completing the sweep on Sunday, the over-reliance on the long ball is concerning. Through five innings on Sunday, every Yankee run in the series has come via the home run.

Relying on the home run is risky and we’ve seen it backfire on the Yankees in recent postseasons. Of course, the Bronx Bombers are built to play in hitter-friendly ballparks like Camden Yards, but they definitely need to improve their situational hitting.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.