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Yankees’ Kyle Higashioka finally gets going at plate

The 2022 Grapefruit League dwelling run chief has arrived within the common season. 

Kyle Higashioka, after clubbing seven dwelling runs in spring coaching, hit his first two that counted on Sunday as a part of the Yankees’ 18-4 bashing of the Cubs in The Bronx. 

“I’ve been grinding all year, trying to look for that adjustment to get back to where I know I can be,” the catcher mentioned after taking part in his thirty fifth sport of the season. 

Higashioka, who recorded a season-high three hits, credited fellow backstop Jose Trevino for mentioning one thing in his swing after flying out in his first at-bat. 

“He noticed something in my swing that he thought — I don’t want to get too specific — but he thought I was not really being aggressive enough with my lower half,” mentioned Higashioka, who has lost some taking part in time to the red-hot Trevino of late. “As soon as I fixed that, that seemed to be the ticket. … For some reason, it just clicked everything into place. So gotta give credit to my man Trevy.” 

Kyle Higashioka crushes a homer during the Yankees' win over the Cubs on Sunday.
Kyle Higashioka crushes a homer through the Yankees’ win over the Cubs on Sunday.
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As he rounded third on his first dwelling run trot, Higashioka pointed to the dugout at Trevino, who was within the authentic lineup earlier than being scratched with a again situation. 

Then when he bought to the dugout, Higashioka was met with the silent remedy from his teammates, which he anticipated as a result of it had been so lengthy since his final homer (Sept. 11, 2021). 

“Good to see him really get into one,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned. “We know he’s capable of that. It’s a long season and we’ll see some more of that.” 

Higashioka capped off his massive day within the eighth inning, when he confronted Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel and drilled a 35.1 mph pitch into the left-field seats. 

“That was pretty funny,” he mentioned. 

Kyle Higashioka rounds the bases after one of his homers.
Kyle Higashioka rounds the bases after considered one of his two homers.
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Right-hander Jameson Taillon was joyful for his batterymate, who’s hitting .172 with a .505 OPS. 

“It was nice, especially [when] you know it’s in there after the spring that he had,” Taillon mentioned. “He’s been battling. He’s been doing a great job at catching still. He doesn’t let the at-bats carry over to catching and game calling and working with his pitchers. Everyone was extremely happy for him, I know that.”

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