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Voit’s clout fuels win on festive Opening Day in Bronx

Luke Voit happens to take his hacks in the same batting-practice group as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, which simultaneously provides daily access to baseball’s greatest show on dirt and an unspoken invitation to keep pace with a pair of former Home Run Derby champions.

At times, Voit said that he feels like “the baby” of the trio, but the big-swinging, barrel-chested Yankees slugger is holding his own. With Judge and Stanton looking on from the basepaths, Voit awed his teammates with the Yanks’ first home run of 2019, a three-run blast that helped power a 7-2 Opening Day victory over the Orioles on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s unbelievable,” Voit said. “Who would have thought I’d be here for Opening Day? I always thought I’d do it in a Cardinals uniform. I ended up being hurt last year, and I missed opportunities to get called up in St. Louis. To have that first Opening Day and hit a home run Opening Day is pretty special. It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

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