Aaron Hicks‘ resurgence in pinstripes continues as his two home runs power the Yankees offense to an 8-2 win Friday over the Baltimore Orioles.

He seems to be getting comfortable in the No. 2 spot in the batting order. In his 418 career games, Hicks has only batted second in 42 of them. His improved swing resulted in his ninth and 10th home runs of the year and three RBIs. His career high in home runs is 11, coming in 2015 with the Minnesota Twins.

“He continues to shine, and he’s been really helpful,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Hicks, per Matthew Martell and Danny Knobler. “He believed in himself last year, but obviously he’s having more success. He’s been huge for us.”

Jordan Montgomery turned in another quality start for the Yankees. The young lefty worked around a second inning home run by Jonathan Schoop to hurl seven strong innings. He struck out eight and walked one while scattering five hits. That performance earned Montgomery his fourth win on the season.

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Starlin Castro also homered (his 10th), and Austin Romine delivered a 2-RBI single to round out the offensive performance for the Bronx Bombers.

The Yankees also got multi-hit games from Brett Gardner, Matt Holliday and Gary Sánchez. The recent lineup flip has also benefited Sánchez, who is slashing .417/.462/1.000 after three games. A hot streak anywhere near his 20 home runs in 53 game pace from last year would greatly benefit the Yankees.

I had the chance to check this game out from section 105 down the right field line. Great seats for a great game!


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