Yankees vs. Rays Game 2
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New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton smashes his first home run in nearly three months, helping his team beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • New York Yankees 7 (101-55)
  • Toronto Blue Jays 2 (63-92)
  • AL, Final, Box Score
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

It’s quite interesting how New York sports narratives are oftentimes shut down within the blink of an eye. Unlike several previous seasons, no New York Yankees fan is calling into WFAN or ESPN Radio New York to complain about the one-game Wild Card format. Winning the division will do that.

Now, on Saturday, Giancarlo Stanton did his best to shut down the other overwhelming narrative in Bomber land: the bulky home run hitter shouldn’t start for the Yanks in October.

Stanton smashed his first home run since being shut down for nearly three months.

The solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning put the Yanks up 3-1, a lead they’d eventually balloon to a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Stanton, hitting out of the four-spot, finished 2-for-3 on the day with two runs batted in and two runs. He also collected a double.

Elsewhere, Aaron Judge collected his 18th double of the season while the amazing Mike Ford came away with a team-high three hits.

On the mound, James Paxton put forth another brilliant effort. He relented just one run on three hits and no walks while striking out seven batters in six innings of work. Big Maple remains incredibly ready for the postseason.

The Yankees are now 101-55 on the season. They’ll wrap up the Toronto series with a Sunday afternoon content. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

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