Jake Bauers homers in second Yankees at-bat: 'Blacked out rounding the bases'

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Jake Bauers’ improbable story reached new heights on Wednesday night, when the 27-year-old launched a game-tying home run against the Guardians in just his second at-bat as a Yankee.

Bauers, who didn’t log a single major league at-bat in 2022, made his first game in the Bronx much more memorable than his first game as a Yankee, when he slammed his knee into the outfield wall making a sliding catch in Texas, forcing him out of the game.

“Pretty indescribable,” Bauers said. “I think I blacked out rounding the bases. I’m not really sure what happened.”

Bauers, who had been tearing it up in Triple-A to the tune of a .319 batting average and an .812 slugging percentage after the Yanks helped remodel his swing, figures to see more time in the outfield with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the IL, while Aaron Hicks continues to provide very little. Bauers is ready for more playing time, and hopes his memorable blast is a sign of what’s to come.

“I feel like I’ve been having quality at-bats all year,” Bauers said. “Everyone close to me is telling me nothing changes up here, so I’m just trying to keep the same approach, same preparation, same work, and keep it going.”

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