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Giancarlo Stanton hits first home run for Yankees


The Yankees are set to enter the 2018 season with a locked and loaded lineup, and on Saturday, newly-signed slugger Giancarlo Stanton gave them a sneak preview of what’s to come. The 28-year-old outfielder went ham on a 1-2 pitch from Mets right-hander Matt Harvey in the fifth inning and padded the Yankees’ 5-1 lead with a two-run laser to center field.

It’s been something of an understated spring for Stanton, who was 6-for-19 with zero home runs prior to Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest. Still, there’s every reason to believe that we’ll be seeing a lot more power from the reigning NL MVP once the Yankees kick off their season against the Blue Jays on March 29.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.