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Matt Carpenter sets ‘good tone’ for Yankees at leadoff spot

Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone inserted Matt Carpenter into the leadoff spot Thursday afternoon to unfold out his left-handed hitters. The newcomer then provided a mild reminder to Boone that he was fairly good at batting first. 

Carpenter took Angels star Shohei Ohtani deep main off the primary inning after fouling off 5 pitches with two strikes, a tone-setter within the Yankees’ 6-1 win within the first sport of a split-admission doubleheader in The Bronx. 

“It was awesome,” Boone mentioned. “It was just a really good at-bat where he was able to see a lot [of pitches], everyone was able to see a lot. It set a good tone for us.” 

Carpenter had by no means confronted Ohtani earlier than. His plan was to remain on his fastball and foul off his off-speed pitches. Based on watching Ohtani’s earlier begins, Carpenter mentioned he figured he would get a lower fastball if the rely went full. On the primary 3-2 pitch, he fouled it off. On the subsequent one, he acquired the cutter over the center of the plate and crushed a 410-foot homer. 

Matt Carpenter crushes a first-inning home run.
Matt Carpenter crushes a first-inning dwelling run.
Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

“I spent a lot of my career in the leadoff spot and took a lot of pride in starting games off with long at-bats,” mentioned the 36-year-old Carpenter, the previous Cardinal who spent the beginning of the year with the Rangers’ Triple-A workforce. “It doesn’t have to finish up with a success, actually doesn’t have to finish up with a house run. I really feel like as a leadoff hitter, should you can go up there and have six-pitch, seven-pitch at-bat — in the present day was 11 — it simply actually sets the tone. 

“The opposing pitcher obviously doesn’t want that. You’re letting him know that we’re coming here to fight and it’s not going to be an easy day for you.” 

The homer, on the eleventh pitch Carpenter noticed from Ohtani, was the twenty fifth leadoff homer of his career and the primary since 2019. He additionally turned the third Yankee to go yard with every of his first three hits for the franchise, becoming a member of Kyle Higashioka (2018) and Alonso Soriano (1999-2000). 

“I’d like to mix in a single or something. That would be nice,” Carpenter joked. “I don’t know, I haven’t really thought much about it. Just getting into the box, trying to compete, and having good at bats. I’ve gotten some good swings off here to start. I want to keep riding it out.” 

When Carpenter joined the Yankees every week in the past, he joked that he would assist load gear on the airplane in the event that they requested. He introduced that up once more on Thursday, and insisted he meant it. 

Carpenter in all probability doesn’t have to fret about menial labor if he continues to hit like this.

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