Stanton, Yankees Power Way to 9-3 Win Against Rays in Opener
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam in the ninth inning for New York’s fourth home run of the game, and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 in their AL Division Series opener at Petco Park. New York led 5-3 before Stanton homered to straightaway center field on a 2-2 pitch from John Curtiss with one out. The slugger took several steps with his bat in his hands as he watched the ball sail through the warm San Diego night before beginning his trot. A few fans chanted “Let’s Go Yankees!” from a balcony on a nearby office building.