Gleyber Torres fired a fastball, sprinted towards first base, and raised his right arm as a young boy on the first row of the short porch instantly caught the ball.
Torres followed up the sequel, three running homers with two running singles, leading the rising Yankees to the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3 on Wednesday for their 15th win in 17 games.
“My kick is getting better and better,” Torres said. “I think the confidence is back and that’s the most important to me.”
At just 25 and a heralded phenomenon, Torres joined the Yankees in 2018 and became an All-Star with 62 away games in each of his first two seasons. But over the next two seasons, he dropped by collecting only 12 long balls.
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“I had so many opportunities to do something for my team and I missed it. I failed,” Torres said.
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone kept Torres in reserve for six of his first 25 games this season, including opening day when Torres’ season 10 tie-down sacrifice helped the Yankees beat Boston.
Torres had a game-ending single against Cleveland on April 23, a homecoming run at the opening of Sunday’s doubles game against Texas, and drove through all runs in the series final against the Blue Jays.
Torres has had 16 RBIs in his last 15 games and four home runs in his last 11. In total, he hits .222 with 18 RBIs and five homers – four against the field.
“I think it’s a bit of a mechanic. I think it’s a bit of maturity, a bit of work and routine,” said Boone, who talked about Torres getting his hips and lower body more aligned this season. responded in kind.”
The Yankees took a two-game win to earn their seventh consecutive series and were promoted to a 22-8 major league lead, their best 30-game start since 2003. The Yankees are 13-0 when scoring five or more.
“We won in many different ways,” Boone said. “It’s been shooting for a few days, maybe a basic running game. We’ve had a handful of games where we scored a few points and played a few burst matches. And we were scrapped and found late ways. … It created a lot of confidence in that room where we knew we didn’t have to rely on one thing on a given night.”
Cashman Finished Talking
Yankees Managing Director Brian Cashman said he would not publicly discuss whether any contract negotiations were held with Aaron Judge. The outfielder is eligible for arbitration, has a hearing until June 24, and may become a free agent after the World Series. The judge rejected an eight-year contract for this year’s salary, which will be determined in arbitration, with $230,5 million to $234.5 million, and said he does not intend to renegotiate until after the season.
Covid Outbreak Cancels Guardians Game
CHICAGO – The Cleveland Guardians are grappling with a coronavirus outbreak that has pushed Manager Terry Francona and some of the team’s coaches off the field, leading to the postponement of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
Shortly after Francona’s positive test became known, Major League Baseball said Cleveland’s organization had “multiple positive COVID-19 tests” and canceled Wednesday’s series finale to allow for more testing and contact tracing.
It’s the first coronavirus-related postponement since the season started on April 7.
Reserve coach DeMarlo Hale, who was assigned to replace Francona on the Guardians bench, also tested positive and said Cleveland’s “multiple coaches and other team support personnel” had contracted the virus, according to team spokesman Bart Swain.
At this point, it’s unclear who will lead the Guardians when they open a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday. The team is likely to bring in a few minor league coaches and field coordinators for the series.
The guards are off on Thursday. The team determined its rotation for the Twins series starting Friday with Aaron Civale followed by Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie. Civale was scheduled to start on Wednesday.
Francona, 63, who has been dealing with serious health problems for the past two seasons, tested positive for the virus a few hours before the first scheduled pitch. The team said he is currently not showing any symptoms.