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BALTIMORE – Somewhere in his hip pocket, Gleyber Torres holds the deed to Camden Yards.Charm City has become his home, the Inner Harbor his private pond and Orioles pitching just exists as a means for Torres to trot around the grounds at his leisure.There’s already one statue of a famous Yankee outside Orioles Park. And you bet "The Babe" would be enjoying the Ruthian feats that Torres is achieving in his old hometown.Torres clubbed two more home runs here on Wednesday night, as the Yankees once again flaunted their power in a 7-5 win versus the Orioles.
More: New York Yankees' CC Sabathia expects to miss his next start due to ailing kneeTen of Torres’ 12 home runs this year have been hit against the Orioles.And all four of Torres’ multi-homer games this season have been at Baltimore’s expense.By now, Torres concedes that he’s caused a panic during the Yankees’ 11 games (9-2 record) against Baltimore this season.Yet, “I don’t think about it too much,’’ Torres said. “I just try to first of all respect the game, respect the (Orioles) and just play.’’
Torres left out the part about the Orioles addressing their mortgage payments to him directly. Seriously, though, “the ballpark, I think is for hitters,’’ Torres said of the friendly dimensions. “I feel comfortable (here), I just don’t try to do too much’’ other than live up to the Yankee creed.“Just concentrate and focus to do damage,’’ said Torres, the first player in MLB history to have 10 of his first 12 home runs in a season against the same club, according to STATS.
The first-place Yankees (31-17) have won 11 straight games at Camden Yards dating to last summer.Torres and Gary Sanchez have now combined for 19 home runs this season against Baltimore.And there’s a final game to be played in this four-game series, giving Torres another chance to wear out the O’s (15-34) and render play-by-play man Gary Thorne nearly speechless.Watch: Gleyber Torres has Orioles' broadcast, Gary Thorne hilariously demoralized with his HRs

Homer happy

And it wasn’t just Torres’ show on Wednesday night.In the second inning, Thairo Estrada and DJ LeMahieu each hit two-run homers off starter Dan Straily.After Torres led off the third with a homer to center, Gary Sanchez launched a 440-foot blast off Straily in the fourth inning; it was Sanchez’s third home run in three games against the O’s this series, all Yankee wins.
Leading off the fifth, Torres greeted Gabriel Ynoa by sending one over the scoreboard in right field.The first-place Yankees need that kind of power display, since CC Sabathia lost his way in a three-run fifth.Sabathia (3-1) gave up two homers and escaped with a two-run lead intact. After the game, the veteran lefty said he's likely to miss a start due to a flareup of his arthritic right knee.On Friday, Sabathia is scheduled to receive treatment, including a cortisone shot, in New York. More: Yankees keeping an eye on Domingo German's innings as season moves toward the summer

Hard feelings

Three Orioles have been hit by pitches by each Yankees starter so far in this series.In the eighth, O’s reliever Branden Kline knocked down Luke Voit, who stumbled onto his backside after the high-and-tight fastball struck his raised bat for a foul ball.A half-inning later, Yankees reliever Chad Green drilled Dwight Smith Jr. in the ribs.Masahiro Tanaka goes against Dylan Bundy in Thursday's afternoon series finale. 

Extra bases

Lefty reliever Zack Britton said he’ll be available to pitch in Thursday’s game.Boone purposely avoided using Britton on Wednesday due to general fatigue. Two years since his Achilles surgery, Britton has averaged 40 appearances over the past two seasons and he’s already at 22 appearances this year.“It’s just more (about) giving me some days. (I’ll) be ready (Thursday),’’ said Britton, who last pitched on Monday. If needed, Britton is likely to serve as the closer to rest Aroldis Chapman, who saved Wednesday’s game.After a bout of dehydration, Didi Gregorius resumed playing at extended spring training, going 1-for-3 with a walk at Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon as the designated hitter.On Tuesday, Gregorius was rested after being administered an IV following Monday’s game, playing five innings at shortstop and making five plate appearances on a humid, 92-degree afternoon.Coming back from Tommy John surgery (right elbow), Gregorius is tracking toward an early-to-mid June return to the Yankees.Also at Tampa, Troy Tulowitzki (strained left calf) has been taking grounders at both second base and third base in hopes of being a versatile option at some point in early-to-mid June. He’s due to face live pitching this weekend.Center fielder Estevan Florial was just added to the extended spring training roster. The Yankees’ top position prospect, Florial fractured a bone in his wrist during big-league camp in March.

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