Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton bids to continue power surge vs. Twins

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton smiled at the question. Which type of home run is his favorite? Is it a towering blast that soars deep into the bleachers, or a line-drive rocket that leaves the field in a hurry?...

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New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton smiled at the question. Which type of home run is his favorite? Is it a towering blast that soars deep into the bleachers, or a line-drive rocket that leaves the field in a hurry? "I like the ones where I know off the bat," Stanton told the Yankees' TV broadcast team, "so I don't have to (wonder) is it out, is it going, and sprint out a little bit. But either way, anything to help the team win.

" Stanton has been doing that a lot lately. He will look to continue his hot streak when the Yankees play the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night in the second contest of a three-game set in Minneapolis. The Yankees won the series opener 5-1 on Tuesday thanks in part to Stanton's 427-foot blast in the third inning.



It marked his ninth home run of the season and his third in the last six games. New York, which has won eight of its past 10 games, racked up 13 hits in the series opener, including a two-run double by Alex Verdugo and an RBI double by Anthony Volpe. Stanton wants to see another team effort in the series' second game.

"Everyone was on base (Tuesday)," Stanton said. "That's huge. That's pressure on their pitchers and pressure every inning, and that's important.

" Twins right-hander Pablo Lopez (4-2, 3.89 ERA) will try to cool down the Yankees' hot bats in his ninth start of the season. Lopez has won his past three starts.

In his last outing, against Seattle on Thursday, he allowed one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked none an.