January 21, 2021

Yankees’ Mike Ford thrives as Giancarlo Stanton’s replacement (New York Post)

Mike Ford isn’t Giancarlo Stanton on many levels.

Yet, it was the left-handed hitting Ford getting the first crack at replacing the right-handed hitting Stanton as Aaron Boone’s designated hitter Tuesday night against the Braves at Yankee Stadium.

Stanton was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained left hamstring he suffered running the bases Saturday against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“Obviously losing G is a big down for our team, but I am pretty confident in myself and hopefully get more regular at-bats, get to string some things together,” Ford said before going 2-for-4 and driving in three runs with two doubles in the Yankees’ 9-6 win. “Once I was getting regular at-bats last year I seemed to settle in so it is an opportunity for me but obviously a big loss. I hope I can fill the void.”

In his first seven games this season, Ford hit .167 (3-for-18) with a homer and four RBIs.

As for Stanton, Boone described the strain as a Grade 1-plus and said the DH could be out three-to-four weeks.

“That timeline seems about right, but we are in the early days here so it’s kind of recovery, treatment kind of week,” Boone said. “We will…

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