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Giancarlo Stanton hits home run in first at-bat with Yankees

It was a sight that Yankees fans had eagerly been hoping to see since the team traded for him in December.

The home run measured at 426 feet by Statcast, and it came on an 0-1 pitch from Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ in the top of the first inning.

The exit velocity was measured at 117.3 mph, the fastest for a batted ball at Rogers Centre since Statcast began tracking in 2015. The previous fastest exit velocity at the park was held by teammate Aaron Judge (113.6 mph).

According to MLB.com, that was also the hardest exit velocity for any home run hit to the opposite field since Statcast has tracked such things.

As soon as Stanton made contact with the baseball, he looked at where he hit the opposite-field shot. He then he flipped his bat to the side with his right hand and began his home run trot, the gold chain around his neck bouncing with every step.

Stanton was named the National League MVP in 2017 after leading all of baseball with 59 home runs for the Miami Marlins. He became the first Yankees player to homer on Opening Day since Raul Ibanez did it in 2012.

Stanton also is the first player to homer on Opening Day in his first at-bat with the Yankees since Curtis Granderson did it in 2010.

The players with baseball's four highest single-season home run totals have now all homered on the Opening Days following their historic seasons. Stanton joins Barry Bonds (73 home runs in 2001), Mark McGwire (70 in 1998) and Roger Maris (61 in 1961).

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