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Yankees bash Marlins’ pitching even without Giancarlo Stanton playing a major factor

Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees celebrates with teammate Giancarlo Stanton #27 after Gregorius drove them both home with a home run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2018, in New York.
Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees celebrates with teammate Giancarlo Stanton #27 after Gregorius drove them both home with a home run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2018, in New York. Getty Images

Giancarlo Stanton crushed a fastball from Caleb Smith into the third deck at Yankee Stadium in the first inning Monday night.

His drive missed the mark well foul, however.

That was as close as Stanton would get to a hit in his first game against his former team.

Unfortunately for the Marlins, every other starter in the New York Yankees’ lineup spent the rest of the game teeing off their pitchers in a 12-1 rout in the Bronx.

The Yankees (8-7) hit three homers and totaled 15 hits overall including eight extra base hits, scoring in every inning except the sixth and the eighth to hand the Marlins (4-12) their third consecutive loss and 10th in their past 12 games.

It was the 10th time the Marlins have been held to three runs or less.

Stanton walked to finish that first at-bat and reached base when he was hit by a pitch from reliever Tyler Cloyd in the fourth, but finished 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Aaron Judge homered off Smith in the second inning and Didi Gregorius hit a pair of home runs — the first off Cloyd and the other off Chris O’Grady — to highlight the hit parade. For Judge, it was his 60th career home run in 197 games making him the fastest player to reach the mark surpassing Mark McGwire (202 games).

Smith, a former Yankee, didn’t last long against his former team, giving up five runs on five hits and walked five with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

"I just didn't have my offspeed today and didn't have a secondary pitch," Smith said. "I'd get to two strikes and I couldn't put them away."

The Marlins mustered only five hits with Miguel Rojas accounting for two of them and scored their lone run in the eighth on a fielder’s choice grounder by Justin Bour.

Offensive help may arrive Tuesday if catcher J.T. Realmuto (lower back bruise) can make his season debut. Realmuto, who’s been out of action since March 11, took batting practice prior to the game.

"Honestly, I feel like we have to get better overall," Rojas said. "J.T. is not going to change the course of this season or Martin [Prado] or J.T. [Riddle] when we get them back. Are we going to be a better team with them? Yes, of course. But as a team we have to find a way to put better at-bats together and find a way to score runs. That’s the bottom line."

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