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Yankees manager Aaron Boone on giving red-hot Gleyber Torres a rest May 23, 2019, in series finale vs. Baltimore Pete Caldera, Staff Writer, @pcaldera
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BALTIMORE – Gleyber Torres won’t have the chance to torment Orioles pitching on Thursday – unless he’s asked to pinch-hit.A one-man wrecking crew of Baltimore’s staff, Torres was rested from the Yankees’ starting lineup for the finale of a four-game series, with Aaron Boone’s club seeking a sweep.And with a day game after a night game, slugging catcher Gary Sanchez is also out of the lineup.Torres (10) and Sanchez (9) have combined to hit 19 home runs against the Orioles in 11 games this year (9-2 record), including seven in this series.
Sanchez has homered in each of the first three games of the series at Camden Yards and Torres is batting .465 (20-for-43) against the O’s this year, with all 10 of his homers against Baltimore coming in the last eight games.“Obviously, (it’s) hard right now to give him one,’’ Boone said of resting the red-hot Torres. “But he’s needed one,’’ so with a quick turnaround – a 12:30 p.m. start after a night game – Boone felt the time was right.It’s fair to wonder, too, if Torres might have faced some pitches intended to move him off the plate had he started on Thursday, inviting a risk of injury.Yet, Boone insisted it was “more about getting Gleyber’’ a day of rest and “trying to pick a spot’’ after starting seven straight games at shortstop.
Torres hit two home runs in Wednesday’s 7-5 Yankees win at Camden Yards.Rookie Thairo Estrada, who also homered on Wednesday night, started at shortstop on Thursday. Luke Voit also received a second straight start at designated hitter, as a way to give him something of a break.More Yankees newsLineups:New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles announce Thursday lineupsAILING KNEE:CC Sabathia heads to the IL, Yankees set for a bullpen day Friday at Kansas CityYankees injury list: Tracking when the players will returnWatch:Gleyber Torres has Orioles' broadcast, Gary Thorne hilariously demoralized with his HRs
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