Heads up! Strong-armed Red Sox fan hits Giancarlo Stanton with his own home run ball

Heads up! Strong-armed Red Sox fan hits Giancarlo Stanton with his own home run ball

Giancarlo Stanton has been plunked plenty of times. But by his own home run ball?

The Yankees star homered over the Green Monster during Saturday’s 8-5 win over the Red Sox, connecting in the seventh inning. Stanton then got quite a surprise from a strong-armed fan while rounding second base at Fenway Park.

A man wearing a black T-shirt heaved the souvenir from his first-row seat on top of the left-field wall, and the ball took a hop and bounced off Stanton.

“I wouldn’t have thought it got to me that fast with a fan throwing it,” Stanton said. “I’ve never seen it happen before, so that wasn’t my first thought.”

The slugger continued his home run trot, but turned his head, smiled and appeared to tip his cap to the fan.

“He got it that far, got his target, he got in trouble for it,” Stanton said. “I think it’s fine on both sides.”

The game was briefly halted as umpires gathered near the third-base line to point out the fan to stadium security officials.

“You see a lot of things in these games,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I think some places it’s tradition, it lands on the field. Should probably just hang onto it.”

Stanton’s solo homer, the Yankees’ 266th of the season, gave him his 100th RBI. Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer in the fourth to snap the Yankees’ tie with the 1997 Mariners for the most in a season in major-league history.

“That was cool for me,” Stanton said. “A lot of cool things happened for our team today, so it was a good day.”

Heads Up! Strong-Armed Fan Hits Yanks' Stanton With HR Ball

Heads Up! Strong-Armed Fan Hits Yanks' Stanton With HR Ball

Giancarlo Stanton has been plunked plenty of times. But by his own home run ball?

The New York Yankees star homered over the Green Monster on Saturday, connecting in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox. Stanton then got quite a surprise from a strong-armed fan while rounding second base at Fenway Park.

A man wearing a black T-shirt heaved the souvenir from his first-row seat on top of the left-field wall, and the ball took a hop and bounced off Stanton. The slugger continued his home run trot, but turned his head, smiled and appeared to tip his cap to the fan.

The game was briefly halted as umpires gathered near the third-base line to point out the fan to stadium security officials.

Stanton’s solo homer, the Yankees’ 266th of the season, increased New York’s lead to 8-2. Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer in the fourth to snap the Yankees’ tie with the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the most in a single season in major league history.

Stanton set to face pitcher who broke his jaw and hit him in arm

Stanton set to face pitcher who broke his jaw and hit him in arm

OAKLAND, Calif. — For however long Mike Fiers and Giancarlo Stanton are in the big leagues, they are going to be linked because the right-handed pitcher fractured Stanton’s jaw and caused dental damage with an errant pitch on Sept. 11, 2014.

Fiers was a Brewer and Stanton a Marlin when that frightening scene occurred. In June the pair had a dust-up when Fiers, then with the Tigers, hit Stanton with a pitch in the left arm.

With Fiers now with the A’s and scheduled to start Wednesday night against the Yankees at the Oakland Coliseum, it’s likely the pair will face each other again.

“It doesn’t matter,” Stanton said on June 4 when asked about the possibility of seeing Fiers again after getting hit by him, then homering off him in Detroit. “We’ll get there when we get there.”

Wednesday is “there’’ for the two.

In June, Fiers drilled Stanton on the left arm with an 88-mph fastball. Stanton shouted at him and the two exchanged words before Stanton eventually went to first, escorted by Tigers catcher James McCann.

“I mean, if that happened before and you’re gonna come in, make sure you don’t hit me,’’ Stanton said after the Yankees’ 5-1 win Tuesday night. “You’ve got to get it over the plate or make sure you don’t hit me.’’

That was Stanton’s message to Fiers, who called Stanton’s reaction “childish.”

“Anybody watching the game knows I’m not throwing at him,” Fiers said. “He’s going to act how he’s going to act, but it kind of shows his character. Obviously, I wasn’t throwing at him.”

Stanton said considering the history, he wasn’t going to accept getting hit by Fiers.

“Obviously, anything like that happens, another ball like that, no matter how many years it is, I’m not gonna be happy,’’ Stanton said. “I’m not just gonna walk to first and everything will be OK.”

The outfielder said he was aware there was no intent from Fiers — and then came up again in the sixth with the Yankees trailing by two runs.

He hit a 456-foot homer, complete with a fearsome bat flip and then pointed at Fiers as he crossed the plate.

He said he made the gesture so Fiers would “get the point.”

“I was trying to help us get back in the game,” Stanton said.

Asked if it was good revenge, Stanton said: “It was nice. A win would be better. Oh well.”

New York Yankees, Tigers announce Sunday lineups; Giancarlo Stanton day off

New York Yankees, Tigers announce Sunday lineups; Giancarlo Stanton day off

The Yankees and Tigers are back at it Sunday (1 p.m., YES) at Yankee Stadium, but they will be without their manager.

Aaron Boone was suspended for one game following his one-field antics Friday night.

The Bombers will have Lance Lynn (8-9, 4.84) on the mound, opposed by Detroit’s Matthew Boyd (8-12, 4.22).

The newest Yankees, Andrew McCutchen and Angel Hechavarria, are both in the lineup for the finale of a four-game series. Giancarlo Stanton is not in the starting lineup.

Before the game, the Yankees called up pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga from Class AA Trenton.

Here is the Yankees lineup announced for Sunday morning.

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Beers for a ball: Yankees fan scores in trade for homer souvenir

Beers for a ball: Yankees fan scores in trade for homer souvenir

A fan who caught the baseball following a milestone home run from New York Yankees’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton drove a hard bargain when it came to giving up the keepsake.

On Thursday night, Stanton crushed his 300th career home run in an 8-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Stanton became the fifth-fastest player in MLB history to reach the mark.

According to Jack Curry of Yes Network, the fan who caught the ball — Tim Kunz — negotiated with Yankees’ security for a meet and greet with Stanton, autographed baseballs, tickets to a future game, a tour of Yankees Stadium and two Bud Lights in exchange for the baseball’s return.

Bud Light has since chimed in, saying: “Someone help us find this fan so our people can call his people.”

Stanton won't let ugly loss dampen joy of his 300th homer

Stanton won't let ugly loss dampen joy of his 300th homer

Luke Voit’s two-run homer in the seventh inning Thursday put the Yankees in position to win on the night Giancarlo Stanton slugged the 300th home run of his career.

Nevertheless, a ninth-inning flush job by Dellin Betances led to an 8-7 loss to the Tigers. It took some of the glitz off Stanton’s achievement, even if he said it didn’t spoil the entire night.

“No, these types of things I get to look back forever on,’’ Stanton said when asked if the crushing loss took something away from being the fifth-fastest player in history to hit 300 homers, needing just 1,119 games. “[Thursday night] we weren’t able to get the win. But we’re in good position for [the playoffs] and we’ll be here [Friday].”

Stanton, who hadn’t homered in 10 games, smoked a 3-1 off-speed pitch from lefty Francisco Liriano over the right-center field fence in the third inning to erase a 1-0 deficit.

“It was cool, a special moment for me and it put us up,’’ Stanton, who received a curtain call, said of his 33rd homer of the season. “It put us up, 300 is a huge staple of my career.’’

Stanton had a chance to tie the score in the ninth off former Yankee Chad Greene, but ended the game with a liner to center after doubling in the seventh.

Stanton also is the ninth-youngest player to reach 300 homers, because he was 28 years and 295 days when he hit it.

Thursday night marked the 82nd straight game Stanton started for the Yankees, but he may soon get a break, according to Aaron Boone.

“There is a day off in his future,’’ the manager said of his DH and right fielder. “He, as much as anyone, I am constantly checking in with just to see where he is at physically. That day [off] is coming. With us being as beat up as we are, it’s a little tough to get your horses days right now. We have certainly leaned on him heavily, but it is something that we constantly just try to do what is best for the club and the individual.’’


The Yankees are giving away Brett Gardner bobbleheads Friday, but more importantly for the team and the slumping outfielder, it marks the end of August, with September arriving Saturday.

The fifth month of the season has been harsh on Gardner throughout his big league career — and this season isn’t any different. After going 1-for-4 Thursday, Gardner is hitting .198 (22-for-111) in August. It is nothing new since he is a career .232 hitter in the month.

Last week, Gardner said timing and mechanics were the reason for his slide that dropped his batting average from .250 on the final day of July to .237 entering Friday.

Boone was asked if fatigue has played a role in Gardner’s slump.

“I think [for] everyone there is a level of fatigue right now. I have tried to pick my spots with Gardy and giving him a day [off],’’ said Boone, who batted Gardner ninth versus Liriano, against whom he was 6-for-18 (.333). “I feel like physically he is doing OK. I am sure fatigue factors into some degree. I don’t think there is major fatigue issues with Gardy, but it is something I am cognizant of and always trying to measure and monitor.’’


Justus Sheffield, considered by many to be the Yankees’ top pitching prospect, is likely to join the big league club as a left-handed reliever on Saturday when the rosters expand from 25 to 40.

Sheffield, 22, has worked out of the pen in his past two outings for SWB and combined for four innings. Before the Yankees wanted to see if Sheffield could transition to a big league reliever, he worked six innings in relief on June 22.

In 23 games between Double-A Trenton and SWB, Sheffield is 6-6 with a 2.56 ERA.


Didi Gregorius could return from the DL on Monday when the Yankees open a critical three-game series at Oakland.

“We will see. I thought [Wednesday] was a good day, being able get out and hit, take some ground balls and start do core running,’’ Boone said of his shortstop who hasn’t played Aug. 19, when he injured his left heel in a collision at first base with Toronto’s Kendrys Morales. “We will see how it unfolds this week. How does he bounce back? Then it becomes more clear, but I don’t think we are close to making that judgment yet.’’