Stanton’s Called Shot Propels Bombers

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May 30, 2024; Anaheim, California, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

(Kansas City, MO) – After dropping a series against the Dodgers this weekend the Yankees headed west to face the playoff-hopeful Royals.

The Yankees, in hot pursuit of title 28, showed the growing gap between themselves and the rest of the AL in a 10-1 romping of Kansas City.

A lineup of home run hitters with the likes of Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, and Giancarlo Stanton has been compared as a modern day “Murderer’s Row.” Last night, Stanton gave his best impression of The Great Bambino.

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Before the game, the former MVP made sure to note to Judge that Kauffman Stadium was the “one spot he hasn’t gone dead-center yet.” The Captain acknowledged that Stanton had a goal in mind entering the game as “he kind of called his shot tonight.”

His 446-foot bomb in the top of the 7th completed that goal and brought the Yankees into double-digits. It concluded a night in which New York had stellar performances on both sides of the ball, Marcus Stroman pitched another gem with 5.2 shutout innings and Judge also went deep for his league-best 25th homerun. 

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This series also marks the return of Juan Soto to the lineup. The current MVP favorite missed the series against the Dodgers after dealing with left forearm soreness. While he is just 1 for 5 since rejoining the team, his supporting cast has done well to keep the Yankees on track.

The Bombers are hoping that home-run hitting isn’t the only parallel to that 1927 team. The last seven seasons have included six postseason appearances, two division titles, and three pennant appearances, but no hardware to show for it. 

With upcoming free agents in Verdugo, Rizzo, Torres, and most notably Soto, the Yankees are all in this year – only time will tell if this team can make a run to the elusive Fall Classic.

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