Stanton to bat third, DH in Yankees' opener

Stanton to bat third, DH in Yankees' opener

Stanton to bat third, DH in Yankees' opener

Both teams always have a single goal - winning the World Series - and both are among the handful of favorites to contend for the title in 2018.

The home run measured at 426 feet by Statcast, and it came on an 0-1 pitch from Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ in the top of the first inning.

The Yankees haven't won a World Series in nine years and can boast of only one championship in the last 17 - a drought that the Steinbrenners clearly want to see end. And the players are just fine with that. In Stanton's eight years in Miami, he hit 267 home runs, including 59 last season.

The Yankees reached the ALCS in large part due to their bullpen previous year, and mostly the same group returns this season as well.

The good news for Yankees fans is that Judge enters the season feeling relaxed and ready to go.

The Giancarlo Stanton Era started off with a bomb.

Bird recently underwent ankle surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss at least 6 weeks according to the Yankees. The Yankees have paid penalties of $341 million over the last 15 years.

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Savoy while taking a 3-pointer - allowed the Seminoles to get within three after Savoy made a 3-pointer with 67 seconds remaining. Their size and length early on bothered the Wolverines, causing their offense to suffer in the first half.

Instead of a known quantity, general manager Brian Cashman brought in Aaron Boone to skipper the Yankees.

"We all feel pressure on some level and obviously he's become one of the faces of our game", Boone said. Cashman and the rest of the front office didn't spontaneously pull the rip cord in 2016 and just hope for the best, they saw an opportunity in front of them of which they were in a unique position to take advantage. However, the Yankees still have a few holes on the roster, with questions in the lineup and in the starting rotation. He has certainly lived up to the hype in his first at-bat with NY by absolutely crushing a two-run home run.

The team can turn to Tyler Austin and Neil Walker to handle first base duties while Bird recovers, so his short-term absence shouldn't affect the team's high expectations.

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The Yankees have some flexibility on the right side of the infield with Walker able to play both first and second base.

"They're about lifestyle and showing who I was and who I am as a person".

The highest paid player to start the season will be Mike Trout.

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