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Gary Sanchez struggles in 2020 Dominican Winter League debut

After being tendered a contract by the Yankees on Wednesday, Gary Sanchez made his 2020 Dominican Winter League debut on Friday, playing for Toros Del Este.

The 28-year-old batted fourth and served as the designated hitter, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.

According to NJ.com, Sanchez worked the count against fellow Yankee Albert Abreu, then blooped a single into right for a single for his only hit. Abreu got Sanchez swinging in his first at-bat, as Sanchez also ended up striking out against Red Sox farmhand Robinson Leyer and 37-year-old former Major Leaguer Jairo Ascenio. Sanchez also flied out to left field against former Met Hansel Robles.

Sanchez is in his second year of arbitration eligibility and is under team control through the 2022 season, but is looking for a major comeback season in 2021. He slashed .147/.253/.365 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 178 plate appearances last in 2020, while backup catcher Kyle Higashioka began serving as Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher midway through the season.

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