Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Didi Gregorius and the New York Yankees bounced back from a rough series in Oakland in a big way, destroying the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2.

  • New York Yankees 10 (84-46)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (85-45)
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  • Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

While my mind may still be trapped on the desolate planet known as “California,” I rest easy having escaped the clutches of the drums and vuvuzelas. This southern portion of the planet is a much kinder atmosphere. Even though I’m appalled by the ugliness of the Players’ Weekend spacesuits, the New York Yankees seem to be very comfortable in them.

Bouncing back from the wrong end of a sweep, the Yankees beat the class of the National League by the score of 9-2.

Everything went right for the Yankees on Friday. James Paxton tossed an absolute gem. He tossed 6.2 innings, allowing only two runs and punching out 11. Since increasing the usage of his knucklecurve, Paxton has finally looked like the ace Brian Cashman was looking for.

Paxton’s strong start is indicative that he has this kind of dominant potential in his grasp. Obviously, the Yankees biggest concern this season has been the starting pitching and whether they have enough to play deep into October. Certainly, Paxton’s ability to tap into that dominance will play a key roll in the answer to that question.

With Paxton setting a strong tone, the Yankees offense ran wild. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit solo homers in the third inning to open the scoring.

Sanchez’s shot marked the 100th of his career, making him the second-fastest to 100 home runs in major league history.

However, it wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Yankees blew the doors off. Didi Gregorius exploded for his fifth-career grand-slam.

Following that, Brett Gardner hit an RBI double to score Gio Urshela, bringing in the fifth run of the inning.

Of course, the Yankees offense didn’t stop there. Gleyber Torres hit his 32nd home run of the season in the sixth inning.

Later in the game, Judge ripped a single to score Mike Ford.

Oh, and then Didi went yard again in the ninth.

Savage of the Game - Didi Gregorius

Didi accounted for half of the RBI in Friday’s game. He hit a grand slam in the fifth and a solo shot in the ninth. Obviously, that’s savage.

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