It was a tough day for Giancarlo Stanton.
The New York Yankees power-hitting outfielder made his first start in left field Sunday in Grapefruit League action. And it certainly was a day to forget.
First, Stanton misplayed a ball off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers. Stanton went back into left-center field, but he lost the ball in the sun, causing it to glance off his glove for a double.
Then in the fourth inning, Kevin Kiermaier sent a fly ball deep to left field. But while Stanton gave chase, he pulled up on the warning track after once again losing the ball in the sun, allowing it to drop for a ground-rule double.
In all fairness to Stanton, it was his first career start in left field, so it’s understandable that he would be less than stellar.
He also went 0-for-3 at the plate.
Nowhere to go but up for the Bronx Bombers’ latest weapon.
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