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Watch: Fan hits Giancarlo Stanton with home run ball thrown back

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A Boston Red Sox fan wanted nothing to do with a home run ball hit by rival Giancarlo Stanton during Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees, so he decided to throw it back. And he made sure Stanton knew what happened.

Stanton launched a ball over the Green Monster at Fenway Park to make it 8-2 Yankees in the top of the 7th. The fan who snagged the home run ball promptly wound up and chucked it back onto the field, where it took a bounce and hit Stanton as the outfielder circled past second base.

Stanton didn’t seem to mind being hit with the ball, especially since the ball bounced first and probably didn’t hurt much compared to if he were hit by it on a fly. Considering this is also his first season with the Yankees, the move may actually lead to him appreciating the rivalry even more.

Watch: Giancarlo Stanton gets standing ovation from Marlins fans

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Giancarlo Stanton received a nice welcome from Miami Marlins fans in his return to Marlins Park.

Stanton on Tuesday faced the Marlins for the first time since being traded to the New York Yankees over the offseaosn. He received an ovation from the fans and then saluted them:

Stanton was drafted by the Marlins in 2007 and made his MLB debut for them in 2010. During his eight-year Marlins career, he led the league in homers twice and slugging percentage three times. He was named to four All-Star teams and departed as the reigning NL MVP.

The 28-year-old singled in his first at-bat to raise his average to .286 with 32 homers this year.

Mike Fiers addresses Giancarlo Stanton tweet controversy

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Mike Fiers is having to clear things up after a questionable episode on Twitter.

On Monday, the Oakland Athletics righty was revealed to have liked a tweet from a user telling him to hit Giancarlo Stanton in the mouth with a pitch.

The context here is that Fiers actually did hit Stanton in the mouth with a pitch back in 2014, causing some real damage to the talented slugger.

Fiers addressed the uproar on Tuesday by saying that he was quickly liking a series of tweets congratulating him on this week’s move to Oakland from the Detroit Tigers and did not notice that the Stanton tweet was among them. He also offered a plea for people to cool it with the “outrageous” tweets.

Fiers and Stanton have had something of a rivalry ever since the incident four years ago, so the veteran pitcher liking that tweet was certainly going to make waves. It doesn’t appear that there was any legitimate intent behind it though.

Watch: Giancarlo Stanton hits hardest home run of season

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Giancarlo Stanton has (once again) hit the hardest home run of the season.

The New York Yankees slugger hit a laser beam out to left field to give his team a 3-0 lead in the top of the 13th inning on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The exit velocity was clocked at 119.3 mph, which seems right based on how hard that ball was hit. He had the previous hardest hit home run of the season at 117.9 mph and topped that. Stanton has hit three of the five hardest home runs of the season.

That was Giancarlo’s 14th homer of the season. It followed a 2-run homer by Aaron Judge, which broke a scoreless game. The Yankees won 3-0. It’s nice having a couple of boppers like that.

Mike Fiers calls Stanton ‘childish’ for reaction to hit by pitch

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Mike Fiers called Giancarlo Stanton “childish” for the way he reacted to being hit by a pitch on Monday night.

The Detroit Tigers pitcher hit Stanton with a pitch in the third inning of the second game of a double-header on Monday. Keep in mind that Fiers also hit Stanton with a pitch in the face in 2014, causing the slugger serious injuries.

Stanton stared down Fiers after being hit.

After the game, Fiers called Stanton “childish” and said that it’s obvious he lost control of a pitch and wasn’t trying to hit the slugger intentionally.

Stanton got Fiers with a solo homer in the sixth, but the Tigers won 4-2 and Fiers picked up the victory.

If Fiers can’t understand Stanton’s reaction, then he’s clueless. How could he not wonder about Fiers’ motives after being hit by him yet again?

John Sterling debuts new home run call for Giancarlo Stanton

John Sterling debuted a new home run call for Giancarlo Stanton during Friday’s game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.

In the bottom of the third inning, Stanton sent a pitch from Marco Estrada over the wall in right field for a two-run home run. It was Stanton’s first home run since April 4, which allowed the Yankees radio voice to debut his new call. Sterling ended up singing in Italian:

“Non dimenticar, that ball sure traveled far,” Sterling sang as Stanton rounded the bases.

“Non dimenticar” means “do not forget” in Italian and is also the name of a song famously sung by Nat King Cole and Dean Martin.

Sterling, who has unique home run calls for each member of the Yankees, said he would introduce the new call earlier this month after his original call did not go over well. Sterling used the original call on Stanton’s first home run of the season.

Yankees considering dropping Giancarlo Stanton in lineup

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Giancarlo Stanton’s disastrous first few weeks as a New York Yankee has manager Aaron Boone reconsidering his spot in the batting order.

After Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday in a 9-1 loss to his former team, the Miami Marlins, Boone said he was thinking about dropping the All-Star slugger down in the lineup, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Stanton has been quite lousy to begin his Yankees tenure, especially at home, and now holds a ghastly slash line of .197/.293/.409. He also leads the league in strikeouts by a decent margin with a whopping 29 through just 16 games.

The 28-year-old has batted third in the lineup in every game so far for the Yankees. But moving Stanton down while he tries to get his mojo back makes sense, especially when you consider that even the home fans are booing him.

Aaron Boone suggests Giancarlo Stanton’s issue is timing

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Giancarlo Stanton has struggled since getting off to a great start in his Yankees debut, and manager Aaron Boone thinks it has to do with timing.

“Hitting’s hard, man. It’s a struggle when you’re facing elite competition that are trained to make you look bad, are trained to get you. Hitting’s just a really hard thing. And that timing is a lot of it. Sometimes that can be a fine line between just a little bit off, and being in that good rhythm,” Boone said before Tuesday’s game, via ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

Since homering twice and doubling in his first game, Stanton only had four hits and had struck out 21 times entering Tuesday. That led to boos from Yankees fans at home. Stanton did get a hit against the Red Sox on Tuesday, but he continued to strike out.

The big issue to me is that Stanton tried to change the way he hits. He spent the offseason working on hitting to the opposite field to take advantage of the dimensions at Yankee Stadium. It seems foolish that he tinkered with his swing and approach coming off a 59-homer, MVP campaign, and he seems to be paying for it now.

John Sterling will introduce new Giancarlo Stanton home run call

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New York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling will be introducing a new home run call for Giancarlo Stanton.

After Sterling’s first call did not go over well with fans, the longtime Yankee radio announcer decided to mix in a new call for Stanton — but it isn’t any less obscure than his other one.

Sterling told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post that he would sing “Non dimenticar … that ball sure traveled far” for Stanton home runs. It’s based on a song recorded by both Nat King Cole and Dean Martin. “Non dimenticar” is Italian for “do not forget.”

Sterling clarified that he’s not dropping his old call and plans to mix both in. The way the Yankee slugger is going right now, though, it may be a little bit of time before we get to hear either of them.

Giancarlo Stanton booed loudly after five-strikeout game

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Giancarlo Stanton’s New York Yankees career is off to a bad start.

Stanton was heavily booed throughout Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, which the Yankees lost in 12 innings. The outfielder went a miserable 0-for-7 with five strikeouts, leaving nine on base.

Yankee fans, not known to be a particularly sympathetic group, quickly lost their patience with their star acquisition and made their displeasure clear.

Remarkably, this is the second time Stanton has been booed at home in his first week of games there. He also heard the boo birds on April 3, when he went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in the team’s home opener.

Luckily, Stanton will have plenty of time to turn things around and boost his .167 average. He still has at least one prominent supporter out there, though.