Giancarlo Stanton wastes no time getting his first home run of 2022

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The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox meet on Friday.

After the explosion of DJ LeMahieu at the end of the eighth, the teams are tied at four points each.

Boston scored three runs in the first inning against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, and the Yankees responded with two in the bottom end of that initial frame, courtesy of a two-run homer from Anthony Rizzo.

By the bottom of the fourth, however, the Yankees had tied the game with a Stantonian outburst: yes, Giancarlo Stanton hit one of his signature home runs, hastily leaving the park at 116.3 mph.

MLB’s first threat to hit the ball hard and produce

Absolutely no one in MLB has Stanton’s ability to hit the ball hard, and when he does it in the air, well, great things happen.

The slugger has the hardest-hit ball every year in the Statcast era, which began in 2015.

This time, he pounced on a Nate Eovaldi offering on the outside of the plate, sending him into the right field bleachers to put the game at 3-3.

Stanton was badly hit by injuries in 2019 and 2020 but remains one of the best punchers in the game and he reminded us of his offensive excellence last season.

In 2021, he was finally able to play a lot (138 of 162 games) and reduced .261/.345/.517 with 36 home runs and 97 RBIs.

He was an integral part of the Yankees roster and will fill a similar role in 2022 as long as he is healthy.

He got off to an impressive start, as his dinger was timely and badly needed for the Yankees to tie the ball game in the fourth.

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