Aaron Hicks’ first night off the DL was not a fun welcome back—he went 0-4 with a strikeout in a loss to the Red Sox. On Friday night against Detroit, Hicks fared a lot better.
In his first at-bat of the night, Hicks hit a fly ball to right-center off starter Mike Fiers that caromed off the wall and into no man’s land (dead center field). It turned into a relatively easy inside-the-park home run for Hicks and put the Yankees up, 2-0.
Four innings later, Hicks hit another ball to right-center but this time it was a run-of-the-mill, over-the-wall home run to give the Yankees a 6-1 lead.
Hicks finished the night 2-for-3, two walks, and a flyout and the Yankees won 8-6.
Some facts about Hicks’ night:
- His inside-the-park home run was the first by a Yankee since Curtis Granderson on Aug. 21, 2011, at Minnesota.
- Hicks is fifth Yankee with a multi-home run game this season. They are the first team in MLB history to have five different players with multi-home run games this early in the season (Only the 14th game).
- He’s the first Yankee with an inside-the-park home run and another home run the in the same game since Hank Bauer did it on May 30, 1956, against the Washington Senators.
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