Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sanchez Leads Way as Yanks Top Tigers

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sanchez Leads Way as Yanks Top Tigers

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DETROIT - Gary Sanchez's latest August assault continued Wednesday night, with his initial at-bat.

A first-inning home run off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann was soon followed up by Sanchez's soft, two-run single in the third - kickstarting the Yankees' five-run inning at Comerica Park.

And for a second straight night, Sanchez's teammates chimed in offensively in a thorough, 10-2, Yankees victory before 29,695 fans.

Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley each added solo home runs, Aaron Judge cracked a long, RBI double to center and Ronald Torreyes had four hits, providing plenty of punch for an effective Luis Severino.

"We had contributions up and down the lineup again," said manager Joe Girardi, whose club has outscored Detroit 23-6 in winning the first two series games. "And when we were going really well as an offense, that's what we were doing. It wasn't coming from just one spot."

But Sanchez (2-for-5, 3 RBI) has been particularly hot, with seven homers in his last nine games and 11 in his last 14, a power run on par with last August, when he claimed both the AL Rookie and Player of the Month awards.

With a batterymate helping to stake him to an early 6-0 lead, "it takes a lot of pressure (off) but I'm trying to compete," said Severino. "But when you go out there and you see six runs, it's good."

Over 6.2 innings, Severino (11-5) yielded one run - Ian Kinsler's solo homer in the sixth.

The right-hander gave up six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, winning for the sixth time in seven starts since the All-Star break.

An eight-game road trip concludes on Thursday afternoon, with the Yankees (68-57) in position to sweep three games from the toothless Tigers (54-71).

And Girardi hinted that Sanchez might serve as Thursday's designated hitter, after originally planning to DH one of his outfielders.

"So far, August has been a good month for him. …

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