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MLB: Yankees Top Reds in Exhibition Game as Mantle Shines

Mar. 15, 1962 - The Yankees turned their guns on the National League today. Lashing into Freddie Hutchinson’s Reds in much the same fashion as they did in the world series last October, the Bombers flattened the Cincinnatians, 8-3, before a crowd of 5,235 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It was the sixth straight triumph for Ralph Houk’s world champions. Mickey Mantle, who didn’t see much action in the 1961 series, lost little time letting the Reds know how lucky they were they hadn’t seen more of him. The switch hitter jolted the Reds with a three-run homer in the first inning. Before retiring in the fifth, Mantle drove in another run. Mantle’s clout was a towering shot to center that cleared the fence at the 401-foot mark. It was Mickey’s second homer of the exhibition campaign in which the Bombers have not lost a game.

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