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Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton swing appears to be on track

TAMPA — Nearly two weeks into camp, the Yankees still have about a week and a half of spring training.

Giancarlo Stanton plans to use every last bit of condensed spring training to get his swing where he wants it, and on Saturday let him know he’s on the right track.

The Yankees slugger smashed his second home run of the Grapefruit League game, taking a 96-mph fastball from Blue Jays left-hander Ryan Borucki and laying it on the scoreboard in left-center field.

“Stay on the radiators, on time for 95+ is always good right now [of the spring]Stanton said after the Yankees’ 10-9 loss at Steinbrenner Field.

Spring training stats often have no bearing on a player’s start to the regular season, but in four games Stanton is 5-for-8 with two walks and two strikeouts. He said he arrived at the delayed camp with a head start, having done about the same amount of work on his own as if spring training had started as scheduled.

“I also like to bat on the backcourts,” said Stanton, who played on the right court on Saturday. “As long as I can get my timing and balance in, I’m good – or prepared for the season, which will last until the fifth [of April] or whatever. But I will use this time wisely.

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The Yankees’ other starting corner fielder on Saturday, left fielder Joey Gallo, also homered a three-run homer on a 96-mph fastball from right-hander Nate Pearson.

“He’s getting on the radiators right now, which is good,” Stanton said of Gallo, who went 2-for-3 at home plate.

Stanton is coming off his best season as a Yankee, in which he stayed healthy to bat .273 with 35 home runs and 136 OPS-plus in 139 games. He finished strong in the final two months of the season, which coincided with playing outfield again and the Yankees added a pair of southpaws, Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, to their right-handed heavyweight roster.

The Yankees hope to see more of the same from Stanton this season as part of an overall offensive improvement after often struggling to produce last year.

” Very dynamic [lineup]”Having left-handed bats at halftime last year and continuing now is definitely what we needed.”