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Stellar catches highlight Torres' eventful day

Yankees rookie able to put error, key mental mistake behind him
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NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres had a roller coaster of an afternoon on Monday, receiving his highest promotion in the lineup since joining his team last month and making two impressive plays in the field. But he also had a miscue in the field and on the basepaths during the Yankees' 5-1 loss to the Astros.

Torres broke out of the bottom third of the lineup for the first time this season, as he was boosted to the five spot, but the second baseman said the change in the order did not change his approach at the plate.

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NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres had a roller coaster of an afternoon on Monday, receiving his highest promotion in the lineup since joining his team last month and making two impressive plays in the field. But he also had a miscue in the field and on the basepaths during the Yankees' 5-1 loss to the Astros.

Torres broke out of the bottom third of the lineup for the first time this season, as he was boosted to the five spot, but the second baseman said the change in the order did not change his approach at the plate.

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"Nothing really," said Torres, who went 1-for-4. "I just try to do my job in any position and help my team."

Torres began his day with a single to center field off Justin Verlander in the second inning before advancing to second when Aaron Hicks was hit by a pitch on his left foot. With Miguel Andujar at the plate, Verlander did a quick spin move to second to pick off Torres and end the inning.

Video: HOU@NYY: Verlander picks off Torres at second base

"He just got picked off," manager Aaron Boone said. "I think just probably a little aggressive with the secondary [lead] and didn't consider that enough. We know [Verlander] likes to spin a lot. It wasn't even necessarily even the good spin move, but I think just trying to be a little too aggressive with the secondary with two outs, and he got caught."

Not only did the pickoff end the inning, but it also eliminated one of just four opportunities the Yankees' offense would have with runners in scoring position.

"I know it's a good time for the team to make the first run of the game," Torres said. "He picked me off. I mean, I feel super bad for that. I will prepare tomorrow and be better."

After a mental error on the bases, the second baseman committed a throwing error in the fourth on a routine play that pulled Greg Bird off the bag, allowing Yuli Gurriel to reach safely.

"Sometimes we put in too much confidence in that play, and I put too much confidence," Torres said. "I will be better tomorrow and try to do my job."

"What I do love about him is he plays the game with so much confidence that he's not affected," Boone said. "I think that's a case where there's another kind of teaching moment. He'll understand, because he plays the game with such confidence and such ease, that sometimes when it's really easy, he cannot necessarily finish the play. That's all that was right there."

Video: HOU@NYY Boone on encouraging performance from German

Torres quickly put his previous mistakes behind him in the fifth inning, when he got a good jump on a soft popup heading for shallow center. The second baseman had his back to the infield and made a reaching grab over his head to rob Jake Marisnick of a single. According to Statcast™, the batted ball had a hit probability of 69 percent.

"I never worry about him as far as whatever's gone on in the game, whatever has happened," Boone said. "I never worry about it continuing, or a poor play or a great play leaking into the next one. He just plays the game with that much confidence."

Just one frame later, Torres took almost the exact route to take away a hit from J.D. Davis -- this one a 75 percent hit probability -- with yet another leaping, over-the-head catch. This catch potentially saved another run from scoring, coming with runners on first and second with two outs.

"I mean, I just try to do my job," Torres said. "I got the opportunity to catch the ball. I tried to make the out to help my team."

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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