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Offbeat Gary Sanchez leads Yankees’ offense in 8-3 win over Royals

06:05  20 may  2018
06:05  20 may  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Gary Sanchez hit two homers, Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton also went deep, as the Bronx Bombers beat the Royals 8-3 at Kauffman Stadium.

BOX SCORE:  YANKEES 8, ROYALS 3

The Bombers had looked rusty in Friday's 5-2 defeat. They didn't have an extra-base hit in that game.

Luis Severino (7-1) didn't have his best stuff, but managed to get through six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out six. Chad Green, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman finished with a scoreless inning each. Betances has been in a groove, posting zeros in his last seven one-inning appearances.

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PLAY OF THE GAME

Leading off the third inning, Aaron Hicks drove a deep fly ball to right. Hicks thought it was gone off the bat. It wasn't. The ball caromed off the wall. So did Jorge Soler as he tried to catch it, tumbling to the ground.

Hicks began to pick up the pace and raced around the bases for his second inside-the-park homer of the year - this one of the standup variety. Hicks, who appeared out of breath, smiled. Soler smiled, too. On April 13 in Detroit, Hicks had to slide headfirst in home.

TURNING POINT

With two on, no out and the score tied 2-2 in the fourth inning, Gleyber Torres clubbed a 407-foot, three-run homer against Danny Duffy over the left-field bullpen to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Clint Frazier had led off the frame with a walk. Ronald Torreyes then singled to left, setting up Torres' blast.

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STAR OF THE GAME

Gary Sanchez rebounded from an 0-for-4 Friday to go 4-for-5 with two homers and a double Saturday.

STAT OF THE GAME

Aaron Hicks is the first Yankee with multiple inside-the-park homers in the same season since Mickey Mantle (three) in 1958.

UNSUNG HERO

Ronald Torreyes had two hits and also completed a 7-6-2 relay with Giancarlo Stanton to get Mike Moustakas at home to end the fifth inning.

MIA

Aaron Judge went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts - all of them looking.

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