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Yankees’ Trent Grisham belts three-run homer in spring opener

Notable items from the Yankees’ Grapefruit League opener Saturday in Lakeland, Fla.:

runaway success

Trent Grisham hit an estimated 421-foot three-run home run off minor league left-hander Jake Higginbotham.

Grisham, a left-handed hitter, is expected to be the Yankees’ fourth outfielder, and manager Aaron Boone said he expects him to play “a lot.”


In the second inning of the Yankees’ 22-10 victory over the Tigers in the opening game of spring training, Trent Grisham, who came on as a substitute in the first inning, hit a three-run home run. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

What a drug

So much for the pacing of the game.

The Yankees’ 22-10 win over the Tigers in the Grapefruit League opener lasted 3 minutes and 47 seconds and included 23 walks and nine hit-by-pitch pitches (Tigers pitchers accounted for 14 walks and five hits by batters).

It caught my eye

Joevit Vivas is known for his bat-to-ball skills, but the 5-foot-10 infielder also has some power.

The prospect, acquired from the Dodgers during the offseason, flashed his brilliance with a 404-foot home run into the right-field seats.

Vivas is expected to start the season in Triple-A, but could find his way to the Bronx at some point this season if needed.

Sunday schedule

The Yankees will face the Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field with a split-squad starting lineup of Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo and Carlos Rodon.

Marcus Stroman (throws to Austin Wells) will make his spring debut against the Phillies in Clearwater.

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