Video: Ben Rice Hits 3 HRs vs. Red Sox as Yankees Fans Hail Rookie as Unsung Hero

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New York Yankees rookie first baseman Ben Rice hit three home runs on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox, meriting a well-deserved curtain call from the Yankee Stadium crowd.

“Definitely a day I’ll never forget,” Rice told reporters after the game.

Rice got the Yankees going with a leadoff homer off Red Sox starter Josh Winckowski.

Rice then added a three-run bomb off reliever Chase Anderson the fifth inning for a 10-4 Yankee lead.

Two frames later, Rice smacked another three-run shot off Anderson to put the Yanks up 14-4.

Rice made his MLB debut on June 18 and has been one of the Yankees’ bright spots amid the team’s 4-14 skid, posting a .971 OPS and recently getting the bump up to leadoff.

Rice is the first Yankee rookie to ever hit three home runs in a game. He’s also just the third rookie to hit three homers from the leadoff spot, according to MLB.com’s Sarah Langs:

Rice has understandably been quite popular among Yankee fans.

The Yankees ended up winning 14-4 and moved to 55-36 and two-and-a-half games behind the Baltimore Orioles for first in the American League East.

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