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Gleyber Torres Powers Yankees Past Blue Jays


Gleyber Torres sent a fastball soaring, began jogging toward first base and raised his right arm in regards to the time a young boy in the primary row of the best field short porch caught the ball on the fly.

Torres followed his go-ahead, three-run homer with a two-run single and led the surging Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, on Wednesday for his or her fifteenth win in 17 games.

“My swing is improving and higher,” Torres said. “I feel confidence is back, and that’s a very powerful for me.”

A heralded phenom who’s just 25, Torres got here as much as the Yankees in 2018 and have become an All-Star in each of his first two seasons, hitting 62 home runs. But he slumped for the following two seasons, totaling just 12 long balls.

A season that was doubtful is suddenly in full gear.

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“I got too many opportunities to do things for my team and I missed. I failed,” Torres said.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone benched Torres for six of this season’s first 25 games, including opening day, when Torres’s tying sacrifice fly within the tenth helped the Yankees beat Boston.

Torres had a game-ending single against Cleveland on April 23, a walk-off home run within the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader against Texas and drove in all of the runs within the series finale against the Blue Jays.

Torres has 16 R.B.I. in his last 15 games and 4 home runs in his last 11. Overall, he’s batting .222 with 18 R.B.I. and five homers — 4 to the alternative field

“I feel it’s a bit bit mechanical. I feel it’s a bit bit maturity, I feel it’s a bit bit work and routine,” said Boone, who cited Torres for getting his hips and lower body higher aligned this season. “He’s needed to fight for some playing time here early within the 12 months, and he’s responded to that in a way you’d hope.”

The Yankees finished a two-game sweep to win its seventh straight series and improved to a serious league-leading 22-8, its best 30-game start since 2003. The Yankees are 13-0 when scoring five runs or more.

“We’ve won in quite a lot of alternative ways,” Boone said. “It’s been pitching some days, possibly a baserunning play. We’ve had our handful of games where we’ve scored a bunch of runs and had a few blowout games. And we’ve scrapped and located ways late. … That’s built quite a lot of confidence in that room, that we all know we don’t need to lean on one thing on a given night.”

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said he is not going to discuss publicly whether any contract talks are happening with Aaron Judge. The outfielder is eligible for arbitration, with a hearing possible up until June 24, and might develop into a free agent after the World Series. Judge rejected an eight-year contract value $230.5 million to $234.5 million, the difference to have been determined in arbitration for this 12 months’s salary, and said he didn’t intend to barter again until after the season.

Box scores and summaries from the remaining of Wednesday’s games.

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Guardians are coping with a coronavirus outbreak that has sidelined Manager Terry Francona and several other of the team’s coaches, resulting in the postponement of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Shortly after Francona’s positive test became known, Major League Baseball said there have been “multiple positive COVID-19 tests” in Cleveland’s organization and called off Wednesday’s series finale to permit for more testing and phone tracing.

It’s the primary coronavirus-related postponement for the reason that season began on April 7.

DeMarlo Hale, a bench coach for the Guardians who was slotted to fill in for Francona, also tested positive, and Cleveland has “multiple coaches and other team support staff members” infected with the virus, based on team spokesman Bart Swain.

At this point, it’s unclear who will manage the Guardians once they open a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday. It’s likely the team will bring up several minor league coaches and field coordinators for the series.

The Guardians are off Thursday. The team did set its rotation for the Twins series, with Aaron Civale starting on Friday, followed by Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie. Civale was scheduled to start out Wednesday.

Francona, 63, who has handled serious health problems the past two seasons, tested positive for the virus a couple of hours before the scheduled first pitch. The team said he currently shouldn’t be showing any symptoms.

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