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Josh Donaldson begins to warm up – The Denver Post

CHICAGO — After hitting two home runs in his first 27 games, Josh Donaldson hit two in two nights. The veteran third baseman got off to a slow start, hitting .215/.342/.344 with a .686 OPS, but warmed up as the Yankees offense kicked into high gear.

“I always feel like he’s getting there,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, “and I feel like that’s kind of where he’s been the last few weeks. He’s gone he’s busted a ball a game which he’s smoking he’s had the ball in the air a bit more in recent days, obviously kicking the ball out of the stadium last night he also did some online training on the head of Pollock (White Sox outfielder AJ).

“So I think [he’s] start getting the ball on a line and in the air a little more consistently. But batting quality, he’s been a little bit that way the last few weeks where he gets that hit or takes that walk every day and now he’s started to follow [with] some damage. »

Donaldson had multiple hits in each of his last two games after having had just one in the previous 27. He had six RBIs in the past two games and seven in the previous 27.

He sees it as the product of a diverse range.

“I think what really drives us forward right now is one to nine. We do a really good job of bringing the drummers together. And when you can do that, it takes the pressure off everyone,” Donaldson said. “[Aaron] Judge. [Giancarlo] Stanon, [Anthony] Rizo, [Joey] Gallo and myself, everybody string these at-bats together. When you do that. This makes your attack very dangerous.

THE SAME OLD BOMBARDIERS

While the Yankees preached diversity in their roster and offense, they somehow found their way back to the same old Bombers. They entered Saturday night’s game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field leading the majors with 48 homers. They’ve hit 11 homers in their last four games.

While Boone was quick to point out they get big walks and doubles, he admits the long ball is an important part of the Yankees offense.

“It’s an important part of the game,” Boone said. “And we definitely have guys who can get the ball out of the stadium. … One of the exciting things at the start of the season, which we’ve talked about a lot, is how many ways we’ve been able to win ball games; low score, defense, base run, throw and kick the ball out of the stadium. The fact that we swung really well the last two nights and kicked the ball out of the ballpark. Hopefully this continues to give us confidence that we can win in different ways. »

Aaron Judge leads the majors with 12 homers, Giancarlo Stanton has 10.

The Yankees have scored double-digit runs in the first two games of the series and have already done so six times this season – tying their total for all of 2021.

They also lead the major leagues in OPS (.755) and slugging (.430).

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The White Sox got their first run against Gerrit Cole on Friday night. It came when he went to pitch first, but DJ LeMahieu had left the bag. Boone said it was just miscommunication from the bench down.

“Simply not enough quality communication, something we have solved. Something that shouldn’t happen,” Boone said. “It starts with me and it goes on like that. You know, it’s something we might need to make sure we’re airtight and communicate better.

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