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Giancarlo Stanton Hits Two Homers In Yankees Debut

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The New York Yankees acquired slugger Giancarlo Stanton this offseason to hit dingers, and that’s exactly what he did on Opening Day, as he left the yard twice.

Stanton, 28, homered in his very first at-bat for the Yankees, as he took Toronto Blue Jays starting lefty J.A. Happ deep to right field in the top of the first to give New York a 2-0 lead and open their scoring for the season.

In the top of the ninth, Stanton hit his second blast, this time taking right-hander and former Yankee Tyler Clippard out of the park for a solo shot.

Stanton went 3 for 5 overall with four RBIs, and a double on top of it.

With his two dingers, Stanton became the seventh Yankee with two homers on Opening Day, and the first since Joe Pepitone in 1963.

Needless to say, Stanton and Judge are going to combine for quite a few dingers this year.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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