Video: Starlin Castro clears the batter’s eye with a home run

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Yankees infielder Starlin Castro has been showing some pop lately, homering on both Wednesday and Thursday in Grapefruit League action. Thursday’s blast, against the Pirates at McKechnie Field, cleared the batter’s eye in center field. The bases were empty and Castro was ahead 2-1 against Jeff Locke, and Castro took advantage to boost the Yankees’ lead to 4-2.

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Castro is coming off of a disappointing season in which he hit .265/.296/.375, so the display of power is certainly welcome.

The Yankees sent Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan to the Cubs in exchange for Castro back in December. Castro is expected to pitch in at both second base and shortstop throughout the season.

(For those who aren’t familiar with the term “batter’s eye”, it refers to an area beyond the fence in center field that is dark — usually black, dark blue, or dark green — that offsets the white of the baseball so it is easier for the batter to see.)