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Giancarlo Stanton Records Platinum Sombrero, Gets Booed In First Home Game As A Yankee

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The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 11-4 on Tuesday afternoon in their 2018 home opener; however, it was a forgettable home debut for Giancarlo Stanton, as he struck out in all five at-bats.

It was the first platinum sombrero of Stanton’s career.

Following his fifth whiff in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, Yankee fans let the reigning National League MVP have it:

Stanton wasn’t surprised to hear the boobirds reign down upon Yankee Stadium.  “You put up a performance like that, you should get some boos,” he said following the game.

Obviously, not the ideal home debut for the new Yankees slugger. In a situation like this, there’s nothing to do except move on.

“Everyone’s been booed. It’s no big deal,” said teammate Aaron Judge. “(Stanton) knows that. It’s just, you got to go out there and just do your job the next day. If you don’t have it one day, you can’t complain, can’t mope, which he’s not. He knows how it is.”

Stanton is now the eighth player in Yankees history to record a platinum sombrero.

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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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