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Didi getting mental break in midst of slump

Yankees shortstop will return to starting lineup vs. Rangers
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KANSAS CITY -- Slumping Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is getting some time off to hit the reset button.

With the Royals starting two left-handers in the final two games of the weekend series, manager Aaron Boone felt it was the right time to start Ronald Torreyes at shortstop while Gregorius takes a mental and physical break as he contemplates a 1-for-42 skid at the plate.

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KANSAS CITY -- Slumping Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is getting some time off to hit the reset button.

With the Royals starting two left-handers in the final two games of the weekend series, manager Aaron Boone felt it was the right time to start Ronald Torreyes at shortstop while Gregorius takes a mental and physical break as he contemplates a 1-for-42 skid at the plate.

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Torreyes went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 8-3 win and he made a strong relay throw home for a key out at the plate that shut down a Royals rally in the fifth inning. Torreyes got another start at shortstop on Sunday with lefty Eric Skoglund on the mound for Kansas City.

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"Just felt like it was a good pause for [Gregorius]," Boone said. "We're built as everyday players to appreciate the grind. But I think when you are given that day to just decompress a little bit, I think you benefit from that. Hopefully, that's the case with Didi."

Gregorius learned from his manager late Saturday night that he would miss a second straight start in the series finale at Kauffman Stadium. Boone said Gregorius will return to the lineup on Monday against the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

For Gregorius, it has been an extreme contrast at the plate from April to May. He was named the American League's Player of the Month for April, when he blasted 10 home runs.

"If you guys remember the beginning, I said you've got to enjoy it while it lasts," Gregorius said. "The slumps are always going to come."

Gregorius is convinced that his approach at the plate remains solid, even though the balls coming off his bat haven't found holes.

"I'm not making any [mechanical] changes," Gregorius said. "What can I do? If I hit the ball hard, there's only so much I can control."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City.

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