Gleyber Torres has rediscovered his first-half self.
The Yankees rookie had scuffled upon coming off the disabled list in late July, but is looking more and more like the All-Star he was as the playoff race heats up, with another clutch effort on Saturday. Torres crushed a two-run home run in the fifth inning, the only offense the Yankees got all day and it was just enough for a 2-1 win over the Tigers in The Bronx.
“I feel comfortable,” said Torres, who has driven in two runs in three straight games. “I do my adjustments every day and the same thing every day, just be comfortable, be confident in my job and enjoy every day.”
For the second straight game, the Yankees entered the fifth inning without a hit to their name. But again they cracked the goose egg with a home run, this time when Torres turned around a Daniel Norris slider and sent it 414 feet to left field.
The Yankees only scratched across two hits all day, but Torres made his count.
“You know what, I almost forgot about his homer today because the defense was so good,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s been special in the field and I thought he played a really good shortstop today.
“He’s impacted our club in a profound way on both sides of the ball all year.”
Torres didn’t look like himself when he first came off the DL on July 25 for a strained hip. In his first 20 games back, he went just 11-for-73 (.151) with three home runs and a .538 OPS.
Since then, though, Torres has regained the swing that had put him at the top of the AL Rookie of the Year race before the All-Star break. Over his past 15 games, Torres is 22-for-53 (.415) with four home runs and a 1.160 OPS.
“I’m being mature every day,” said Torres, who has started the past 12 games at shortstop while filling in for the injured Didi Gregorius. “I take a lot more experience. I got a really good routine. I do my adjustments every day. I’m just waiting for a really good pitch I can hit and try to put the ball in play.”
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