Sanchez looks #ASGWorthy with pivotal HR

Sanchez looks #ASGWorthy with pivotal HR

KANSAS CITY -- The Yankees' offense has been showing encouraging power and Gary Sanchez may be ready to give it an added boost.

Sanchez, who has been playing catch-up after missing a month because of a right biceps strain, got the Yanks off and running in bigtime fashion on Tuesday night with a three-run homer off Jason Hammel to dead center field, igniting a 7-1 victory over the Royals.

The homer traveled an estimated 428 feet with an exit velocity of 108 miles per hour, according to Statcast™.

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"It felt really good," " Sanchez said through a translator. "Hopefully, I can keep making good contact."

Sanchez, who burst onto the Major League scene last year, has hit all three of his homers on the road this season. In going 2-for-4 against the Royals, he lifted his batting average to .278.

"I have been working hard with my coaches," Sanchez said. "If I keep doing that, good things will come."

Sanchez also made a big contribution behind the plate, guiding CC Sabathia through 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

"Every game, we get together and go over the plan," Sanchez said. "CC and I were on the same page. All of his pitches were working nice. The cutter, everything."

Sabathia knows that Sanchez has high value as a receiver as well as a hitter.

"Gary has been great to work with," Sabathia said. "I don't have to shake him off at all and that's very comforting."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.