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Stanton breaks out as Yankees keep rolling

Perhaps it has been easy to understate Giancarlo Stanton’s expected importance to the Yankees’ roster, as Aaron Boone seemed to suggest. After leading last year’s club in homers and RBIs, the slugger sported a zero in both categories entering play on Saturday.

That changed in game No. 76, as Stanton mashed a pair of key two-run singles and helped the Yankees extend their winning streak to a season-high eight games with a 7-5 decision over the Astros at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s just good to be able to contribute to a win, finally,” Stanton said. “However I can contribute and feel good in there, you don’t worry about a bunch of firsts and catching up with things now. There’s no time for that.”