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Yankees Opening Gates Extra Early For Stanton, Judge Spring Batting Practice

TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees will open the gates three hours before spring training home games, allowing fans to watch Aaron Judge and new teammate Giancarlo Stanton take their thwacks during batting practice.

An announcement was posted on the website of Steinbrenner Field, the team's spring training home in Tampa. The website reminds fans to "remember to bring your glove in case you get lucky!"

In the past, the Yankees opened the gates two hours before the first pitch, after the start of their batting practice.

Judge destroyed a flat-screen television with a drive during BP at Yankee Stadium last May.

League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game One
The Yankees' Aaron Judge looks on during batting practice prior to Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Oct. 13, 2017, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Stanton, the big league home run leader with 59 and the NL MVP, was acquired from Miami in December to join Judge, voted AL Rookie of the Year after leading the AL in homers with 52.

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New York plays its spring training opener under new manager Aaron Boone at home against Detroit on Feb. 23.

Pitchers and catchers will report Tuesday.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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