Carpenter went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, seven RBI, three runs and a walk in Sunday's 18-4 win over the Cubs. Carpenter didn't start in any of the seven games leading up to Sunday's matchup, but he drew the start at third base in the series finale against the Cubs and led the team's offense with three extra-base hits during the blowout win. The 36-year-old will likely still face an uphill battle for playing time since the Yankees have plenty of infield depth, but it was encouraging to see a glimpse of dominance from the veteran.
Carpenter is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in Minnesota, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Carpenter started in six of his first eight games with the Yankees after signing with the team May 26, but he'll find himself on the bench for the fourth game in a row. The Yankees don't have an everyday role available for him now that Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson have recently returned from the injured list, so Carpenter will have to settle for the occasional spot start or pinch-hitting opportunity moving forward.
Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Angels. Carpenter led off the bottom of the first inning with his third home run of the season -- each of which has come since he joined the Yankees on May 26. While he's had a more powerful impact than anticipated, it is worth noting that the long balls are his only three hits across 16 at-bats. Carpenter is also likely to find playing more difficult to come by if Giancarlo Stanton (ankle) is activated Saturday as expected.
Carpenter is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels. The lefty-hitting Carpenter will take a seat with southpaw Reid Detmers on the hill for the Angels, paving the way for Aaron Judge to get a day out of the outfield to serve as the Yankees' designated hitter. After signing with the Yankees last Thursday, Carpenter started in four of his first five games with the team and went 2-for-13 with a pair of home runs and two walks. Carpenter will likely continue to play regularly against right-handed pitching until Giancarlo Stanton (ankle) returns from the injured list.
Carpenter went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 9-1 win against the Angels. Carpenter took Noah Syndergaard deep for a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning, extending the Yankees' early lead to 4-0. The homer was his second of the year and his second hit over five games since joining the team May 26. Carpenter has gone 2-for-13 with the homers over those contests, putting him in a precarious position once Josh Donaldson (shoulder) and Giancarlo Stanton (ankle) return from the 10-day injured list in early June. Carpenter will likely have to produce a more well-rounded effort at the plate to retain a roster spot when the team gets closer to full strength.
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