BOSTON Giancarlo Stanton struck out twice on Tuesday night only this time he heard cheers afterward.
But Stanton seemed to find his hitting stroke later on in the Yankees 14-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, ripping a single and a double in his final two at-bats.
For the MLBs strikeout leader (22), its something to build on.
I saw the ball better. I was on time. It was good progress, said Stanton, whose awful struggles had become a massive topic in baseball.
Stanton said he watched film of his swing which was a mess, according to one scout and wanted to settle down.
Make sure youre not trying too hard and trying to do too much, which can subconsciously creep in no matter what, Stanton said. Thats the main thing: get a good pitch to hit and dont worry about the outside noise.
Stanton said he had been focusing on too many things during the teams homestand, which prompted boos from Yankees fans as his Ks began to pile up.
As far as participating in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry for the first time, he said: It was cool. Not a cool outcome but its cool to see the passion and what goes on.
The Red Sox fans didnt exactly give him a warm welcome either.
The boos? Stanton asked before laughing. Thats how its going to be. Thats part of the stuff you dont worry about. You understand that its there and Ive still go tot play my game.
Gary Sanchez went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup after sitting out the weekend due to cramping issues. Sanchez has started the 2018 campaign in a 2-for-36 slide.
He DHd on Tuesday night, but is expected to catch Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday.
Aaron Hicks (Grade I intercostal muscle strain) went 1-for-3 and played five innings of centerfield in his first minor-league rehab game for Triple-A Scranton on Tuesday night. Hicks is expected to play nine innings in center on Wednesday night before possibly rejoining the Yankees as early as Thursday in Boston.
Jacoby Ellsbury received a cortisone shot in his hip on Monday and hell be shut down for three days. The Bombers are hoping he can resume rehab activity on Friday.
The Yankees are still waiting for a number of test results on Brandon Drury (migraines, blurred vision).
CC Sabathia (hip) played catch on Tuesday, and hopes to throw a bullpen soon, according to the YES Network. Sonny Gray will move up and take Sabathias next start on Thursday in Boston.
Tyler Wade (flu-like symptoms) came in off the bench and went hitless in two at-bats.
The Yankees designated Jace Peterson for assignment to make room for Shane Robinson on the roster. Robinson started in center on Tuesday night, going 1-for-3 with a walk out of the No. 9 hole.
Neil Walker led off, with Brett Gardner getting the night off against tough lefty Chris Sale (4-for-23 with nine strikeouts).
The Yankees acquired minor-leaguer L.J. Mazzilli, son of Lee Mazzilli, in a rare trade with the Mets. Mazzilli, a 27-year-old outfielder, had been with Triple-A Las Vegas. He had been in the Mets organization for the previous five seasons.