Gary Sanchez hit another home run Thursday, his seventh in 13 games, in the Yankees’ 8-1 win over the Royals. Despite the recent tear, the catcher said he’s not interested in participating in the Home Run Derby next month in Colorado.
“I had a really good time the first time I went, but after the first round, I got tired,’’ Sanchez said through an interpreter of that 2017 trip. “I don’t want to do that right now.”
It would have been hard to imagine Sanchez getting an invitation not that long ago, but he’s looked like the All-Star he was earlier in his career for the past few weeks.
The torrid stretch continued Thursday, when he broke the game open with a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. He now has 13 homers, trailing only Aaron Judge’s 16 on the team.
“He’s been a huge boost for us,’’ Giancarlo Stanton said of Sanchez’s resurgence.
Manager Aaron Boone credited Sanchez with “plugging up some holes’’ in his swing, but said pitchers are attacking him the same way they always have.
“When he was struggling a little bit, they were still going after his weaknesses, but they’ve always known how dangerous he is,’’ Boone said.
Clint Frazier got the start in left field, with Boone calling it a “competition” for the position.
“It’s probably going to continue to be that way, where it’s a day-by-day thing,’’ the manager said. “I’ll look into the matchup with what I think is the best matchup. But also, they’re going to continue to probably earn those consistent reps.”
Miguel Andujar had taken over the job with a strong stretch of play from May 18 to June 12, when he hit .320 (24-for-75) with five home runs over 21 games. But in eight games since, he is hitting .130 (3-for-23).
Frazier, meanwhile, was hitting .286 (4-for-14) — with all four of his hits doubles — in his last six games before Thursday, when he went 0-for-3 with a walk.
“Performances matter,” Boone said. “Obviously, Miggy earned a lot of everyday reps there where he was gaining some traction. The matchup matters. The conversations I have with my coaching staff matter and factor into who I decide to go with.”
Gio Urshela sat out a second straight day after getting hit by a pitch and leaving Tuesday’s game. Prior to the game, Boone said the third baseman was “definitely a little bit better,” but not ready to run or be in the lineup.
The struggling Gleyber Torres was also given the day off.
“What he’s going through here the last week, this was a good day to have him down and hopefully clear his mind,’’ Boone said.
Boone believes Torres’ lack of power is a product of him being a “little disconnected” at the plate and not being in the right position.
With Urshela and Torres out, DJ LeMahieu started at third and Rougned Odor was at second. Odor had three hits — including a double. He’s got four doubles and three homers in his last 11 games.
A fan ran on the field during Sanchez’s at-bat in the bottom of the eighth. He was quickly tackled in right field and taken off the field.
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