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Yankees end homer drought in 11-4 win against Marlins

By Pete Caldera, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) on

Published in Baseball

NEW YORK - Home runs are the Yankees' stock-in-trade.

Even a threat of Yankees power can change an opposing manager's strategy or cause a pitcher to alter his plan of attack.

"It's definitely part our identity," said manager Aaron Boone, who before Saturday's game was in the midst of the Yankees' longest streak without a homer since 2014.

Without that bold proof of ID, the Yankees had been less than ordinary, dropping five of their last six games with the postseason quickly rushing in.

By late Saturday afternoon, the Yankees had restored some of their mojo at a critical time.

Home runs by Tyler Wade, Aaron Hicks and Luke Voit allowed the Yankees to bash their way to an 11-4 win against the Miami Marlins at empty Yankee Stadium.

 

"That's what's great about our lineup. I always feel like we're one swing away," Voit said after Saturday's breakout performance.

After five straight games without a Yankees home run, "all of a sudden you hit three in about 30 minutes," Boone said of a barrage that allowed his club to exhale a bit.

"To come out and pour it on and have a lot of people contribute was good," Boone said. "But these guys know there's much bigger fish to fry moving forward here ... that we're capable of something special.

"But we also know we've got to play well to do that."

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