Sports Stanton returns to Yankees' lineup for must-win Game 5
Gregorius, Yanks stagger Twins again, lead ALDS 2-0
Didi Gregorius hooked a slump-busting grand slam during a seven-run third inning and the New York Yankees pummeled the Minnesota Twins again, cruising to an 8-2 victory Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series. Uber driver-turned-rookie big leaguer Randy Dobnak struggled in an unexpected start, and the Twins lost their record 15th consecutive post-season game, including 12 straight against the Yankees. The latter is the longest post-season skid for one club against another in baseball history, topping Boston's dominance over the Angels from 1986-2008. Minnesota hasn't won a playoff game since Johan Santana bested the Yankees in their 2004 Division Series opener.
Theannounced that is back in the lineup for a do-or-die Game 5 against the in the American League Championship Series on Friday.
Stanton missed the last three contests - all Yankees losses - with a quad issue. He's taking's spot as the designated hitter and will bat fourth.
Ready to fight back.— New York Yankees (@Yankees)
The 29-year-old Stanton collected a pair of hits and went deep in New York's Game 1 victory.
It's been a rough year for the 2017 NL MVP, as he hit just three home runs in an injury-filled season. The four-time All-Star only played in 18 regular-season contests while dealing with multiple ailments.
The Yankees trail the Astros 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. The winner of the ALCS will face the Washington Nationals in the World Series.
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