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Girardi pleased with Torres' play at second

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Gleyber Torres had to laugh at himself, and the Yankees dugout joined in when the club's top-ranked prospect took a big swing and a tumble.

Torres, the third-ranked prospect in all of MLB, swung for the fences on a pitch from Pittsburgh's Nick Kingham and ended up on the ground.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Gleyber Torres had to laugh at himself, and the Yankees dugout joined in when the club's top-ranked prospect took a big swing and a tumble.

Torres, the third-ranked prospect in all of MLB, swung for the fences on a pitch from Pittsburgh's Nick Kingham and ended up on the ground.

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"His spike kind of got caught, he laughed, we laughed," manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm glad he didn't get hurt."

Video: PIT@NYY: Torres smacks a triple to right field

Torres, 20, finished the game 1-for-2 with a triple to right field. Girardi decided to get a look at Torres playing second base and was pleased with what he saw.

"He played a good game, he looked natural," Girardi said. "It didn't look like it fazed him one bit."

Torres said he last played second base during the Arizona Fall League and feels comfortable there. He added that he's been practicing at the position the last couple of days.

"You got to move a lot, you have to take throws from the shortstop and the third baseman," Torres said through an interpreter. "So you always have to be positioning yourself, but I've been working on it and that's the key -- you work on it so you know where to go."

Video: PIT@NYY: Sanchez catches Barnes stealing second

Sanchez shows off the arm

Gary Sanchez entered the game Sunday during the sixth inning as a defensive replacement. The catcher went 1-for-2 at the plate but did most of his damage defensively.

Sanchez fired off a powerful throw to catch Barrett Barnes trying to steal second in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning, Phil Gosselin decided to test Sanchez and suffered the same fate.

Video: PIT@NYY: Sanchez throws out Gosselin at second

"He changes the games in a lot of different ways, and it's not always with his bat," Girardi said. "He changes it with the way he throws, he catches and the way he calls games. And that's what he did today."

Girardi said he put Sanchez in the game late to catch some different pitchers, most notably right-hander Luis Cessa, who is auditioning for a spot in the rotation.

"There's nothing [Sanchez] can't do when you think about it," Girardi said. "For a young player he calls a really good game too. Sometimes you worry about young players. Can they follow the game plan, understand the pitcher and what the pitcher has got? But that's not a problem for him. He's pretty good at everything he does."

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com.

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