New York (AFP) - New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton belted his first home run since returning from a near three-month injury layoff in Saturday's 7-2 Major League Baseball victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Stanton's second homer of the season -- off Blue Jays hurler Brock Stewart -- soared 420 feet into the left-field bleachers, coming off his bat at 111 mph (178 kmh) and whetted the Yankees' appetite to see what he might do for the American League East champions in the playoffs.
"I feel like my at-bats have been pretty good. I'm just working off of better at-bats as I go along," said Stanton, who admitted there were still areas of rust.
"Definitely I've got to relearn how to jog around the bases a little bit," he said with a smile.
Stanton also delivered a double before departing the game after six innings.
"It's always good to get some results in your first few games back," noted manager Aaron Boone, who was ejected after the first inning for arguing balls and strikes.
"I feel like he's stringing some good at-bats together. Hopefully he can continue to build and get into a nice rhythm here as we get ready for October."
Stanton said his next goal is to play nine innings in the field, which he hopes to do before the post-season begins.
The 29-year-old missed almost three months with a strained ligament in his right knee suffered on June 25 against Toronto.
He had missed 68 games from April to mid-June with biceps and shoulder injuries, then made only six appearances before going back on the injured list.
His injuries were among a litany of fitness woes for the Yankees, who at last seem to be getting some good news in that department.
Pitcher Luis Severino tossed four scoreless innings in his season return this week.
The Yankees said Saturday that an MRI exam on slugger Gleyber Torres' right hamstring came back negative.
The 22-year-old Torres, who leads the Yankees with 38 home runs, left Friday's 4-3 loss to Toronto in the sixth inning, two innings after an awkward slide as he fielded a ball in short right-centre field.