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Gary Sánchez hits three two-run homers vs. Orioles

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Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez feasted on Orioles pitching on Sunday afternoon, blasting three two-run home runs in his team’s 15-3 win. The Yankees hit seven homers on the day, as Austin Romine, Gleyber Torres each hit one while Clint Frazier hit a pair of dingers himself.

Sánchez’s first round-tripper came in the third inning off of David Hess, doubling the Yankees’ lead to 4-0. He went yard again in the seventh off of Mike Wright, and a third time in the eighth against Dan Straily. He had 10 two-homer games but had never hit three homers in a game coming into Sunday’s action. Sánchez also set a personal single-game best with his six RBI. He knocked in five in a game on three different occasions.

Sánchez is the second player to enjoy a three-homer game this season, joining Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who went deep three times against the Brewers on March 29. There were 14 three-homer games in 2018.

After Sunday’s outburst, Sánchez is now batting .250/.333/.813 with six home runs and nine RBI in 36 plate appearances on the season. Nice.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.