BALTIMORE — Gary Sanchez started what the Yankees hope is a road back to the big leagues Saturday.

Sanchez was the DH for the Yankees’ East team in the Gulf Coast League and went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored a run against the Phillies East in Clearwater, Fla.

“I am excited for him to start his trek back,” manager Aaron Boone said.

It was Sanchez’s first game action since going on the DL on July 24 with a strained right groin. The plan is for Sanchez to work out Sunday in Tampa and join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday. The hope is Sanchez can be activated for the Yankees’ critical nine-game road trip that starts Sept. 3 with three games in Oakland.

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Though Austin Romine has filled in well for Sanchez and went 3-for-4 with a homer in the second game of the of the Orioles on Saturday night, the Yankees hope Sanchez can be better than the .188 average he posted in 66 games before landing on the DL for the second time this season with the same injury. He has 14 homers, 42 RBIs and a .699 OPS.

After the Yankees’ sweep, the Yankees’ record without Sanchez improved to 19-12 during his second DL stint.

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