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Yankees ALDS Notebook: Didi Gregorius still slumping at the plate, but Aaron Boone thinks ‘best is y

Yankees ALDS Notebook: Didi Gregorius still slumping at the plate, but Aaron Boone thinks ‘best is y

Didi Gregorius is fortunate the Yankees lineup is overshadowing his slump at the plate But the postseason has a way of exposing a player’s flaws in momentous situations It’s only a matter of time before Gregorius will be counted upon to come up clutch  The Yankees shortstop entered the playoffs with just two hits over his last 23 at-bats dating back to Sept 20 against the Blue Jays. The four days of rest between New York’s final day of the regular season and Game 1 of the ALDS evidently did little to appease concerns over Gregorius’ skid at the plate Advertisement  Gregorius went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts against the Twins on Friday night at Yankee Stadium His first strikeout of the game did show some encouraging signs, though, as Gregorius fell into an 0-2 hole and then battled back to a 2-2 count He fouled off three pitches from right-hander Jose Berrios, but ultimately swung at a fastball that clipped the corner of the zone Gregorius appeared close to breaking out of the slump fans so desperately want him to leave behind  The way Yankees manager Aaron Boone sees it, Gregorius’ work ethic is guaranteed to generate results Even so, the timing of those results matter when every postseason at-bat is accompanied by a bright spotlight  “You know, it’s just a stretch where you’re not getting results,” Boone said. “The game’s hard Hitting’s hard. These guys are really good. So, again, I still maintain that the best is yet to come from Didi, and I know he’s going to have some big swings for us moving forward  “I know he’s working really hard behind the scenes, but sometimes when you go through an extended stretch where you’re struggling a little bit, you can press You can try and do some things until it really clicks. Sometimes it just takes one at-bat, one swing to kind of turn it, and I believe that’s what’s in there for Didi still,” Boone said ADVICE FROM DAD  Aaron Boone was asked what the biggest advice his father, Bob Boone, gave the Yankees skipper to succeed in his managerial position After a 19-year playing career catching for the Phillies and California Angels, Bob managed the Kansas City Royals from 1995-97 and the Cincinnati Reds from 2001-03 He currently serves as Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development for the Washington Nationals  Boone, sitting at the podium before Game 2 of the ALDS, pulled out his phone from his pants pocket to read a text his dad sent him after Friday night’s 10-4 win over the Twins  “Keep it rolling. Have another good one. We’re at Matt and Lennon’s watching,” Boone said out loud with a small smile on his face Then he put his phone away and tried to think of the advice he’s received from his father  “He’s more supportive, obviously,” Boone said. “We’ve talked a lot of baseball over the years It’s casual conversation for us, and every now and then over the course of the year, we’re talking about the Nationals game the other night I was watching while he was watching, so we were talking about some things going on in that game But I think as far as advice, not that he doesn’t give it, but it’s more he’s just kind of a supportive dad and waits for me to ask if I need anything ” BASE ON BALLS Giancarlo Stanton stepped in for his first at-bat of the 2019 postseason with Aaron Judge on third base and Edwin Encarnacion on second with two outs in the first The Yankees trailed the Twins 1-0 after Jorge Polanco lofted a solo shot off James Paxton in the top of the frame This was a good opportunity for Stanton to make some noise.  He swung at a 3-0 fastball that was well outside the zone and hit a grounder to third base After a replay review, Stanton was ruled out at first base and ended the Yankees’ threat He drew a walk in his three remaining at-bats and flipped his bat in exuberant passion each time Boone said Stanton’s frame of mind is in a good place right now.  “I feel like his focus is really good, and obviously for missing a lot of the season and not having a lot of games at the end of the season even though there were a handful, he has over the last month, month-and-a-half worked really hard and got a lot of work seeing live pitches,” Boone said “I just think his frame of mind is really good and he carried it into last night ”

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