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Austin belts AL rookie-leading 7th, 8th HRs

Yankees club 9 jacks overall in final 2 games against KC
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KANSAS CITY -- The Yankees already have four players with double-digit home run totals and rookie Tyler Austin is making a bid to join that list.

Austin homered in the fourth and fifth innings in Sunday's 10-1 win against the Royals off starter Eric Skoglund to give him eight homers this season, which leads all American League rookies. Austin's first blast in the fourth was a two-run shot to left that traveled a projected 440 feet, according to Statcast™. It was the fifth time this season that Austin homered with an exit velocity of 110 mph or higher. That tied him with Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton for the third-highest total in the Major Leagues in that department.

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KANSAS CITY -- The Yankees already have four players with double-digit home run totals and rookie Tyler Austin is making a bid to join that list.

Austin homered in the fourth and fifth innings in Sunday's 10-1 win against the Royals off starter Eric Skoglund to give him eight homers this season, which leads all American League rookies. Austin's first blast in the fourth was a two-run shot to left that traveled a projected 440 feet, according to Statcast™. It was the fifth time this season that Austin homered with an exit velocity of 110 mph or higher. That tied him with Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton for the third-highest total in the Major Leagues in that department.

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Austin never stopped running down his dreams

Austin's second homer was also a two-run shot that barely cleared the center-field wall and gave the Yanks a 6-0 lead. It's his second multi-homer game and the four RBIs tied a career high. He also had four RBIs on March 31 at Toronto.

Video: NYY@KC: Austin rips a 2-run smash for his 2nd HR

Austin went 2-for-4 overall to raise his batting average to .261. His 23 RBIs rank No. 1 among AL rookies.

"I'm just getting into my approach and sticking with what I know," Austin said. "I've always felt like I can perform here."

Yankees manager Aaron Boone continues to be impressed by the power that Austin is showing.

"Tyler is an important part of what we're doing right now," Boone said. "He got us going with a couple of long ones."

Video: NYY@KC: Andujar rips a solo homer to right-center

Besides the two homers from Austin, the Yankees got late solo homers from Miguel Andujar and Austin Romine off Royals reliever Jason Adam. The Yanks hit nine homers in the final two games of the series after not collecting an extra base hit in Friday's opener.

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

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Torres, Judge energize Bronx with deep drives

Yankees answer A's early thunder before rally falls short
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have utilized different formulas during their charge to the top of the American League East standings. With Sonny Gray struggling to record outs on Friday evening, the offense was set to slug, scoring deep drives from Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge.

Torres hit his third Major League home run in the third inning off Kendall Graveman, extending his hitting streak to nine games, and Judge mashed a long three-run homer off the right-hander in the fifth. It wasn't enough to rally the Yankees, however, as they absorbed a 10-5 loss to Oakland.

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have utilized different formulas during their charge to the top of the American League East standings. With Sonny Gray struggling to record outs on Friday evening, the offense was set to slug, scoring deep drives from Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge.

Torres hit his third Major League home run in the third inning off Kendall Graveman, extending his hitting streak to nine games, and Judge mashed a long three-run homer off the right-hander in the fifth. It wasn't enough to rally the Yankees, however, as they absorbed a 10-5 loss to Oakland.

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"We always feel like we're in every game, especially once we got within one [run]," Judge said. "We just weren't able to string a lot of hits together. That was the big thing tonight; Graveman kept us off balance, and their bullpen was able to come in and do the same thing. We just weren't able to string a couple of hits together and get a big rally going."

Video: OAK@NYY: Judge clobbers a 3-run homer to right field

Ranked as the Yankees' top prospect and No. 5 overall by MLB Pipeline, Torres' shot to the left-field bullpen came on a barreled 0-1 sinker, driving the ball a Statcast™ projected 408 feet. The blast came off Torres' bat at 104.9 mph with a launch angle of 30 degrees.

Torres is batting .400 (12-for-30) with three homers and 10 RBIs over his hitting streak. At 21 years and 149 days old, he is the youngest Yankee since Mickey Mantle in 1952 (20 years, 257 days) to tally a hit streak of at least nine games. Torres is also the youngest Yankee to hit three homers in his first 19 games.

"He does so many things on the field on a nightly basis, in every way," manager Aaron Boone said. "Defensively, I think he's helped stabilize our club. He's been so good out there; dynamic, even, at second base. The at-bat quality on a nightly basis. This guy, he can just play. Some guys can just go play and do the right things. He's got a knack for that and a feel for that, and it's been fun to watch him perform."

Video: OAK@NYY: Torres makes a nice backhanded stop, throw

Meanwhile, there is nothing new about Judge crushing the ball with authority. His blast came with Miguel Andujar and Brett Gardner aboard, reaching the front of the right-field bleachers. Judge tied Didi Gregorius for the team lead in homers with his 10th, which Statcast™ projected to come off the bat at 111.1 mph and travel 391 feet.

Video: OAK@NYY: Judge belts 111.1-mph HR the other way

Long after their deep drives had landed, Torres and Judge were focal points in a seventh-inning rally that could have shifted the outcome of Friday's game. With runners at first and second and none out, Torres elected to drop a bunt that moved the runners along.

A run came home when Judge worked a bases-loaded walk against Lou Trivino, trimming Oakland's lead to 6-5, but that was all the Yanks could get. Boone said he was OK with the play, reasoning that Torres was trying to bunt for a hit, with a worst-case scenario of advancing the runners.

"I tried to help my team," Torres said. "I saw the opportunity to move the runners. … I feel good because I helped my team."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Fowler gets first MLB hit in NY vs. former team

A's prospect singles off Gray, the pitcher he was traded for
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NEW YORK -- Dustin Fowler made his highly anticipated Yankee Stadium debut on Friday -- a year later than planned. He was also wearing a different uniform.

There's more. The now-A's outfielder, making his first start for Oakland, did so against the pitcher he was traded for last year: Sonny Gray. And Fowler recorded his first Major League hit against him, a clean single in the fourth inning of the A's 10-5 win.

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NEW YORK -- Dustin Fowler made his highly anticipated Yankee Stadium debut on Friday -- a year later than planned. He was also wearing a different uniform.

There's more. The now-A's outfielder, making his first start for Oakland, did so against the pitcher he was traded for last year: Sonny Gray. And Fowler recorded his first Major League hit against him, a clean single in the fourth inning of the A's 10-5 win.

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"You couldn't ask for anything better," said Fowler, who received a hearty applause from the Yankees faithful when he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat. "It was great. I'm just glad I'm back, and hopefully I can contribute in every way they want me to and stay up here as long as I can."

Video: Dustin Fowler on return to Yankee Stadium

"We were pulling for him," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "And to come back and get his first start here, his first hit here, was kind of apropos, coming full circle for him."

Fowler was one of three players -- James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo were also in the haul -- the A's reeled in from the prospect-rich Yankees last summer. Fowler has since deemed the trade a blessing in disguise, recognizing an opportunity in Oakland that might not have existed in New York.

Fowler ranked No. 5 among A's top prospects

He'll be the primary center fielder, with Mark Canha expected to draw intermittent starts at the position against lefties. Fowler hit ninth against his former organization Friday after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, pinch-hitting and softly lining out in his first Major League at-bat.

He was supposed to get one in pinstripes after his June 29 debut last year, when he suffered a devastating right knee injury in Chicago that required season-ending surgery -- and left him wondering if he'd ever get that at-bat.

"When it happened, I didn't know if I was going to be able to come back and play," Fowler said. "It's something I didn't think would be as soon as it was, so I'm happy I was able to recover as quick as I was and make my debut again."

Video: NYY@CWS: Fowler carted off the field after injury

Fowler, 23, had a dozen family members in the stands for Friday's occasion, which proved momentous for a multitude of reasons.

"Just an outstanding story and an outstanding guy," A's starter Kendall Graveman said. "He's going to play this game for a long time. He can go get it in center, and his approach at the plate is really good. Exciting to see somebody of that character be able to come out against a team that he got traded from [after] the injury and all the odds saying he might not play again at the big league level -- and come out and get a hit."

Tweet from @NBCSAthletics: Dustin Fowler picked up his first career hit and his family was pumped! #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/lvv1Wp5ar3

Even members of the opposite side, including several of Fowler's former Minor League teammates, could appreciate the significance of the day.

"Especially picking up his first hit, there's many more to come out of him," Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge said. "He's got a bright future ahead of him, and I just wish him the best. It's exciting to see him at Yankee Stadium, and playing where he belongs in the Major Leagues."

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fowler became the second player this season to record his first career hit against the team that drafted him, joining Atlanta's Jesse Biddle, who doubled for his first hit on April 29 at Philadelphia. Fowler is the first player drafted by the Yankees to get his first Major League hit against them since Justin Turner on July 11, 2009, with Baltimore. Fowler is the first player to do so against the Yankees after debuting for them since Domingo Ramos on May 23, 1980, with Toronto.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB and listen to her podcast.

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Boone: All of Gleyber Torres' tools 'really good'

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NEW YORK -- Two weeks of watching Gleyber Torres play for the Yankees hasn't dramatically changed manager Aaron Boone's assessment of his 21-year-old second baseman.

But Boone might want to change one word of what he said April 22, the day of Torres' Major League debut.

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NEW YORK -- Two weeks of watching Gleyber Torres play for the Yankees hasn't dramatically changed manager Aaron Boone's assessment of his 21-year-old second baseman.

But Boone might want to change one word of what he said April 22, the day of Torres' Major League debut.

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"I don't think there's necessarily anything that's, 'Wow,'" Boone said that day of the Yankees' top prospect.

"He's kind of wowed us a lot," Boone said Sunday. "I think what I meant by that was kind of an overwhelming tool or a flashy tool that sometimes you see right away from the elite prospects in the sport. He's not a fast runner. It's not light-tower power. Everything's really good. He has a shortstop's throwing arm. He's really shown good range at second base -- more range than I anticipated, frankly.

"But his instincts are special. This guy can really, really play. Nothing's been too big for him. He's been in some big spots, and whether he comes through or doesn't, from a poise standpoint, he just feels like a really good veteran player at such a young age."

Torres only added to his growing legend on Sunday vs. the Indians, belting a walk-off three-run homer to cap a rally from four runs down in the eighth and send the Yankees to a 7-4 win.

With the latest victory, the Yankees are 14-1 in Torres' first 15 games.

Video: CLE@NYY: Torres crushes a walk-off 3-run homer

Boone hails Yankees' leaders

The Yankees have been winning, but Boone also like the way his team has come together.

"I feel like we have great leadership, which helps set the tone for the culture in [the clubhouse]," he said.

Boone cited pitcher CC Sabathia and outfielder Brett Gardner.

"As good as you could hope for in that role," Boone said. "When your most established guys are also some of your best people, anyone who comes in the organization kind of falls in line with that. What stands out about these guys, to a man, they really care about winning, they really care about each other and there's a selflessness about these guys that's really special.

"It's a really good team, a collection of really good players, but they're really unselfish."

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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Gleyber (1st MLB HR), Judge, Kraken go deep

Rookie belts three-run shot before sluggers connect on solo blasts
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NEW YORK -- The force is strong with these ones.

Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge celebrated "Star Wars Night" at Yankee Stadium with a pair of fourth-inning home runs off Indians starter Josh Tomlin, and Gary Sanchez joined the fun an inning later with a laser of his own in the Yankees' 7-6 win Friday.

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NEW YORK -- The force is strong with these ones.

Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge celebrated "Star Wars Night" at Yankee Stadium with a pair of fourth-inning home runs off Indians starter Josh Tomlin, and Gary Sanchez joined the fun an inning later with a laser of his own in the Yankees' 7-6 win Friday.

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"First of all, I'm happy for my first one, for sure," said Torres, who launched a three-run shot for his first Major League home run. "I'm super excited for that, but also happy to help my team in that moment by putting up the first three runs."

Video: CLE@NYY: Torres on his first career home run

Rated as the game's No. 5 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline, Torres blasted a 73-mph curveball a projected 420 feet, per Statcast™, into the left-field grandstand. At 21 years and 142 days old, Torres is the youngest Yankees player to homer since John Ellis, who was 20 years and 269 days old when he legged out an inside-the-park homer in his May 17, 1969, Major League debut.

The last Yankee as young as Torres to homer over the fence was Bobby Murcer, who did it at 19 years and 117 days on Sept. 14, 1965, at Washington.

Video: CLE@NYY: Sterling calls Torres' first career home run

"He doesn't play like a rookie," manager Aaron Boone said of Torres. "He's talented. I'm glad he got it out of the way. Big home run, as it turns out. A three-run homer when we hadn't broken through yet on Tomlin. Probably goes up there looking for a breaking ball in that spot, gets it and hammers it. He's just a good player."

The Yankees initially gave Torres the silent treatment when he returned to the dugout. Torres waited patiently, placing his batting helmet atop the bench and removing the guard from his left elbow before he was finally mobbed with a barrage of back thumps and head rubs, at one point receiving a shower of sunflower seeds.

"We were so excited when Gleyber hit the homer," CC Sabathia said. "It just brings everybody back to their first one, their first strikeout, things like that. It's exciting to see."

Video: CLE@NYY: Boone on walk-off win, rookie production

Two batters later, Judge cracked his eighth of the season, rounding the bases for a solo homer and another history-making blast on his own "Jedi Judge" bobblehead night.

The shot, which came on a 1-2 curve in Judge's 214th career game, established Judge as the fastest player ever to reach 64 homers in terms of games played. The previous record was held by Rudy York, who hit his 64th homer in his 215th career game for the 1938 Tigers.

Video: CLE@NYY: Judge blasts a solo homer to left

"This team is special," Judge said. "There's always a growing pain in the middle where you've got to get guys comfortable and used to each other. Once this happens, this team's going to go on a pretty good run. Once we all start clicking, it's going to be a lot of fun."

In the fifth, Sanchez outdrove both of his teammates, pummeling an 0-2 Tomlin fastball into the left-field bleachers. The drive traveled a projected 461 feet, per Statcast™, surpassing an April 4 Giancarlo Stanton homer (458 feet) for the longest by a Yankee this season.

Video: CLE@NYY: Sanchez hammers a 461-ft. homer to left

It was also the 62nd home run of Sanchez's career, tying him with Mark McGwire for the second-most homers ever through 206 games. The only player on a faster pace had been Judge, who had hit 63 homers at that milestone.

Torres met with a group of fans on the field following Friday's game, swapping an autographed bat and some signed balls for the memento. Torres said that he plans to give the home run ball to his parents.

"I try to be simple and stay humble, and try to learn every day," Torres said.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Torres a driving force behind Yanks' surge

Bird nearing rehab assignment; Sheffield promoted to Triple-A
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HOUSTON -- The soft liner appeared destined to plop into shallow center field. Gleyber Torres broke instinctively from his second-base position, flagging the ball on the shortstop side of the bag before staining the front of his uniform with grass.

It was a key play in Wednesday's 4-0 Yankees victory over the Astros, robbing Alex Bregman of a hit that likely would have produced the first run of the evening against Luis Severino. It was also another example of how seamlessly Torres, the Yanks' top prospect, has adapted to life in the big leagues.

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HOUSTON -- The soft liner appeared destined to plop into shallow center field. Gleyber Torres broke instinctively from his second-base position, flagging the ball on the shortstop side of the bag before staining the front of his uniform with grass.

It was a key play in Wednesday's 4-0 Yankees victory over the Astros, robbing Alex Bregman of a hit that likely would have produced the first run of the evening against Luis Severino. It was also another example of how seamlessly Torres, the Yanks' top prospect, has adapted to life in the big leagues.

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"That was a heck of a play," Severino said. "I have to tip my hat to him. If that would have dropped, nobody knows what would have happened. It was a very good play."

The fourth-youngest player to appear in a Major League game this season (the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., Mike Soroka and Ozzie Albies are all younger than the 21-year-old Torres), Torres continued to deliver on Thursday, becoming the youngest player since Derek Jeter in 1995 to drive in three runs for the Yankees in their 6-5 win over Houston.

Video: NYY@HOU: Torres plates two to tie the game in 9th

"If I get an opportunity to try and help my team, I enjoy it," Torres said. "If I do my job, I enjoy it more."

Torres was asked if anything has been more difficult than anticipated during his brief time in the Majors.

"No, not really," Torres said. "I worked like five years, six years to be here. I got the opportunity. The most important thing for me is to enjoy right now, enjoy every day and help my team."

Torres struggled at the plate this spring with the Yankees, resulting in a 14-game stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, during which he batted .347 with 11 RBIs.

Manager Aaron Boone said he is convinced that the spring performance was simply rust related to Torres' nine-month layoff following Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, and that the Yanks are now seeing what Torres can really do.

"He hasn't missed a beat since coming up here," Boone said. "He's been an absolute factor in us winning games -- quality at-bats at the bottom of the order and extended our lineup. And some really special defensive plays that he's made, kind of becoming one of our anchors out there. Elite defense. He's made a lot of big-time plays."

Word on Bird

Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) is scheduled to take his first at-bats since the late March procedure on Monday, when he plays in an extended spring training game in Florida. Boone said that a mid-to-late May return to the big leagues looks realistic for Bird.

"You never want to get too excited until he gets through everything," Boone said. "Obviously, he's got games to play in now, but all things considered, I think it's going pretty well."

Boone said that Bird will likely log rehab at-bats with Class A Advanced Tampa or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before rejoining the big league roster. They would like to see him play in 10 to 14 games to regain his timing.

"Those will be things that we weigh as we go and determine what is the right amount of at-bats, games in a row, things like that," Boone said.

Pack your bags

Left-hander Justus Sheffield, the Yankees' top-rated pitching prospect and the No. 46 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline, has been promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 21-year-old Sheffield was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts for Double-A Trenton. In 28 innings, he permitted 16 hits, 14 walks and struck out 39, holding opponents to a .163 batting average. Yankees vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring said that Sheffield needs to develop his fastball command, but he has impressed with his competitive spirit.

"He's the type of guy that you almost have to pull the reins back on him a little bit," Naehring told the YES Network. "When the game heats up, he's so competitive that sometimes it plays against him. ... We all felt that the Double-A experience was good for him. He competed and was doing well there, so it was good to see him move on."

Naehring said that there is no timetable for Sheffield's promotion to the Majors, but he has put himself in position to be considered. Asked about additional prospects that fans should be paying attention to, Naehring offered the names of three right-handers: Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Jonathan Loaisiga, all of whom are listed in the Yankees' Top 30.

Bombers bits

Tyler Austin said that he was ready to play on Thursday, one day after landing hard on his right hip. Boone said that Austin likely would have been out of the lineup anyway against the right-handed Lance McCullers Jr., with switch-hitter Neil Walker getting the nod at first base.

• Boone said that the Yankees have not discussed a promotion for infielder Brandon Drury, who is continuing to rehab with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but it is possible that Drury could rejoin the team in New York this weekend.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Yanks top prospect Torres tallies 1st career hit

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NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres collected the first of what the Yankees expect will be many big league hits on Monday during a 14-1 win, stroking an eighth-inning single to center field off the Twins' Tyler Kinley.

Rated as the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, Torres made his debut in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays. He was hitless in his first seven at-bats before the knock, and he came around to score on a grand slam by Didi Gregorius, which gave the Yanks a 12-1 lead.

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NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres collected the first of what the Yankees expect will be many big league hits on Monday during a 14-1 win, stroking an eighth-inning single to center field off the Twins' Tyler Kinley.

Rated as the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, Torres made his debut in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays. He was hitless in his first seven at-bats before the knock, and he came around to score on a grand slam by Didi Gregorius, which gave the Yanks a 12-1 lead.

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Video: MIN@NYY: Gregorius hammers a grand slam to right

"Everybody was happy and excited for my first base hit," Torres said. "I feel good. I feel super happy, too, and today, super excited."

Torres beamed as the ball was tossed to the Yankees' dugout, where pitcher Luis Severino scooped it on a bounce and pretended to toss the memento into the seats before finding a safe spot on the bench.

Torres said that he would save the ball and show it to his family.

"It was cool," manager Aaron Boone said. "The guys were really excited about it for him. It was cool to see everyone from CC [Sabathia] on down to the young guys excited when that hit fell in.

"I thought he had some good at-bats tonight. He's doing a pretty good job of controlling the zone. I thought he was on a couple of pitches when he popped up, but I think the at-bat quality was solid all night. Good to get that first hit out of the way, and hopefully he can be on his way now."

Torres said that his nerves were calmer than they had been for his debut on Sunday. At 21 years and 131 days, he is the youngest Yankee to record a hit since Melky Cabrera (20 years, 338 days) on July 15, 2005, at Boston.

"That was good," Giancarlo Stanton said. "That's always good to see that, to get them going here. A lot more to come."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Andujar extends XBH streak to 7 games

Prospect producing while Drury progresses
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NEW YORK -- Miguel Andujar's historic extra-base hit streak is turning heads throughout the Major Leagues, but it has come as no surprise to Aaron Judge, who saw the hot-hitting infielder go on similar tears during their 2014 season together with Class A Charleston.

"He was pretty young for that league, but he was just consistent every day," Judge said after the Yankees' 14-1 win over the Twins. "If he was 4-for-4 or 0-for-4, he had this demeanor about him that he was always the same. He went out to play every day, and when you've got guys with that type of attitude, they're going to play at this level and be consistent at this level. That's what I saw out of Miggy at a young age."

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NEW YORK -- Miguel Andujar's historic extra-base hit streak is turning heads throughout the Major Leagues, but it has come as no surprise to Aaron Judge, who saw the hot-hitting infielder go on similar tears during their 2014 season together with Class A Charleston.

"He was pretty young for that league, but he was just consistent every day," Judge said after the Yankees' 14-1 win over the Twins. "If he was 4-for-4 or 0-for-4, he had this demeanor about him that he was always the same. He went out to play every day, and when you've got guys with that type of attitude, they're going to play at this level and be consistent at this level. That's what I saw out of Miggy at a young age."

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The 23-year-old Andujar has etched his name alongside Yankees royalty, homering with a double on Monday to make it seven straight games with an extra-base hit. Joe DiMaggio (1937) and Mickey Mantle (1955) were the only previous Yankees to string seven consecutive games with an extra-base hit before age 24.

Video: MIN@NYY: Andujar doubles for his fifth multi-XBH game

"Right now, it's about sticking to the plan and going out there with an approach and staying with that," Andujar said. "Just looking for a good pitch to hit and make sure that I make good contact."

Andujar is tied with the Pirates' Corey Dickerson for the longest extra-base hit streak in the Majors this season. Andujar is batting .517/.533/1.172 (15-for-29) over the stretch with eight runs, eight doubles, a triple, three homers and eight RBIs. His 14 career extra-base hits are the second-most by a Yankee through 19 career games; DiMaggio had 16.

"He's a really gifted hitter," manager Aaron Boone said. "He's gotten comfortable, and now we're seeing what a gifted hitter can do."

Video: MIN@NYY: Sterling calls Andujar's solo home run

Comeback trail
The Yankees are pleased that they appear to have an answer for what has kept Brandon Drury out of the lineup, and the infielder has been tabbed to play in a Minor League rehab game on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Columbus.

Video: Boone discusses Drury going on the 10-day DL

Sidelined by severe migraines that caused blurry vision, Drury said that a battery of tests revealed his issues stem from a tendon that runs from the back of his neck to the top of his head. He has been receiving treatment with acupuncture and stimulation.

"I think they have an idea of what it is, and we're going after it each day to figure out how to get it a little bit better," Drury said. "I've had it for a while. It's just nice to have some answers of what it is. Hopefully, I can really get back to 100 percent and play the way I know I can."

Return to action
Clint Frazier was back in a lineup on Monday for the first time since late February, playing five innings and logging five at-bats in an extended spring game in Clearwater, Fla.

Prior to that contest, Frazier had not taken the field in a game situation since sustaining a concussion in the Yankees' second game of the spring. Boone said that Frazier got a hit, reached on an error and stole a base, coming out feeling "really good."

"It's a really positive step for him," Boone said. "Clint feels like he's finally through it and on his way now. Now it's about getting games under his belt and bouncing back every day."

Boone said that Frazier is scheduled to play in another extended spring game on Tuesday, then work out with Class A Advanced Tampa on Wednesday before playing on Thursday against Charlotte.

Slow going
Frazier has moved ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury, who has no set date to play in Minor League games. Ellsbury played in six Grapefruit League games this spring and has since dealt with a right oblique strain, left hip soreness and plantar fasciitis in his right heel.

"I do expect him to be a player for us at some point this season," Boone said. "He is doing baseball activities and moving in the right direction. As far as a timetable, I'd kind of be guessing at that."

Bombers bits
• Boone said that the Yankees expect a ruling "in the next couple of days" regarding infielder/outfielder Tyler Austin, who is continuing to play following his appeal of a five-game suspension for his role in an April 11 benches-clearing incident against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Video: NYY@BOS: Benches clear after Austin is hit by pitch

• The first 18,000 guests on Monday received bobbleheads in commemoration of David Wells' perfect game, which was pitched against the Twins 20 years ago (with a 10-year-old Dellin Betances in the bleachers). Wells was on hand at Yankee Stadium to throw out Monday's ceremonial first pitch.

Video: MIN@NYY: Wells throws first pitch on bobblehead day

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Gleyber 'surprised and excited' about callup

Infielder started at second base after spending most of career at shortstop; Earth Day important to Yankees
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NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres has spent most of his life as a shortstop and played mostly at third base in the early weeks of this season in the Minor Leagues. But the Yankees' top prospect began his Major League career as a second baseman.

Torres, who was officially promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday morning, made his big league debut Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, batting eighth and playing second. He went 0-for-4.

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NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres has spent most of his life as a shortstop and played mostly at third base in the early weeks of this season in the Minor Leagues. But the Yankees' top prospect began his Major League career as a second baseman.

Torres, who was officially promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday morning, made his big league debut Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, batting eighth and playing second. He went 0-for-4.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone hopes he settles in at second.

Video: TOR@NYY: Torres makes his first play in the field

"We feel like he's a legitimate defender at all three spots," Boone said. "Generally speaking, the plan [right now] is for him to be a second baseman."

Yankees second basemen have combined for just a .601 OPS, which ranks 25th in the Major Leagues. Tyler Wade, who started nine of the first 19 games at second base and was batting just .086, was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Torres on the roster.

At Scranton this season, Torres had started just one game at second base before Friday. He started there Friday and Saturday, and he was told after Saturday's game that he was coming to New York.

Video: TOR@NYY: Torres receives ovation before first at-bat

"I was very surprised and excited," Torres said. "Last night, I couldn't sleep, for sure. I slept like three hours, maybe four."

The 21-year-old Torres was hitting .347 with a .903 OPS in 14 games with the RailRiders. He showed the Yankees he had shaken off the rust after missing 2 1/2 months of last season when he needed Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

"Every at-bat in the Minor Leagues, I felt better and better," Torres said.

Torres said he feels comfortable at all three positions he has played. In addition to his 14 career starts at second base in the Minors, he played the position for seven games in the 2016 Arizona Fall League.

Video: TOR@NYY: Torres starts inning-ending double play

Regardless of where Torres plays, the Yankees hope Sunday will be the start of something big for a player who was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 prospect in the game. Boone said they didn't want to bring him up strictly because of a need at the Major League level. Instead, they wanted to make the call based on Torres' progress, hoping that once he arrived, he would be here to stay.

"That's hopefully the idea here," Boone said.

Green Day

The Yankees celebrated Earth Day Sunday, but they have had a variety of sustainability initiatives in place for several years.

Prior to the 2016 season, the Yankees installed LED (light-emitting diodes) lights. The lights used at Yankee Stadium are 40 percent more efficient and 50 percent brighter than the previous field lighting.

The Yankees carefully measure and offset greenhouse gas emissions through a collaboration with Eco-Evolutions and The Alcott Group. They are also able to limit greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging fans to use mass transit, which is possible because of the close proximity of subway and Metro-North trains.

During the course of a typical season at Yankee Stadium, more than 20,000 gallons of cooking oil is recovered and recycled.

Through careful monitoring and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, Yankee Stadium has saved more than 3 million gallons of water a year, a reduction of 22 percent from water use prior to 2009.

Around the horn

• Boone said Wade was "disappointed and a little frustrated" at being sent down.

"It doesn't change how we look at him long-term," Boone said. "We feel like he needs to go down and gain some traction offensively. We do value him going forward. The way baseball is going, with more pitchers on the roster, his versatility really matters."

The Yankees added to their bullpen Sunday by signing right-hander David Hale to a Major League contract and selecting him from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To make room, Jace Peterson was designated for assignment.

• After the game, Boone commented on Tyler Austin's appeal of his suspension.

"We do anticipate a decision this week," Boone said. "We're aware of it. We know it's coming."

• Boone also confirmed that Clint Frazier has passed the team's concussion protocol. He is expected to play for Class A Advanced Tampa beginning early next week.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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Crowd loud for Gleyber in quiet Yanks debut

No. 5 overall prospect 'super happy' to be in bigs; goes 0-for-4 at plate
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NEW YORK -- Getting called up to the Major Leagues was a dream come true for top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres. And even though Torres went hitless in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday, he was still smiling when it was over.

"Super happy," Torres said, repeating the words he had used when he learned on Saturday that he was being promoted. "And I'm happy for how the team won."

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NEW YORK -- Getting called up to the Major Leagues was a dream come true for top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres. And even though Torres went hitless in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday, he was still smiling when it was over.

"Super happy," Torres said, repeating the words he had used when he learned on Saturday that he was being promoted. "And I'm happy for how the team won."

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Video: TOR@NYY: Torres receives ovation before first at-bat

Torres got a quick taste of life as a Yankee, basking in the cheers of the crowd during the Bleacher Creatures' first-inning roll call. Torres later received a standing ovation when he came to the plate for the first time in the second inning, with many in the lower deck standing through his entire five-pitch at-bat.

Torres struck out in that at-bat on an 81-mph slider from Blue Jays starter Jaime Garcia, and he grounded into a double play, popped out and flied out in his final three trips to the plate. But Yankees manager Aaron Boone saw positives in the way Torres controlled the strike zone, working his way to a 3-1 count before the double-play grounder.

Video: TOR@NYY: Garcia gets a double play, escapes trouble

"The first at-bat, I thought he was really anxious," Boone said. "You could tell. But then he really settled in."

Torres had two chances in the field at second base, throwing out Devon Travis in the fifth inning and starting a double play in the sixth on Yangervis Solarte's grounder.

Video: TOR@NYY: Torres makes his first play in the field

Called up before the game from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Torres -- MLB's No. 5 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline -- is the youngest player to debut before July 1 for the storied franchise since Derek Jeter took the field on May 29, 1995. The infielder struggled in Spring Training -- his first action after recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow -- and compiled a .598 OPS over 13 Grapefruit League games. But Torres got off to a hot start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, putting together a .347/.393/.510 slash line with five extra-base hits before his callup.

"I'm super happy," Torres told reporters on Saturday in Moosic, Pa., where he was removed after six innings in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 6-5 loss to Toledo. "It's like a dream is coming true. I'm happy for my family."

Video: TOR@NYY: Torres on debut, what the moment means

The Yankees acquired Torres as part of the megadeal involving closer Aroldis Chapman in July 2016. Since Torres spent more than 20 days in the Minors to begin '18, his free agency will be delayed until after the 2024 season -- meaning he will be under team control for seven years, rather than six.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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What to expect from Gleyber on Yankees

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A year after benefitting from one of the best rookie performances in baseball history, the Yankees again are hoping that one of the game's top prospects will make an impact in New York.

He won't slam 52 homers like Aaron Judge did in 2017, but infielder Gleyber Torres has exceptional hitting ability. Ranked No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, he'll join the Yankees for their Sunday afternoon game against the Blue Jays.

A year after benefitting from one of the best rookie performances in baseball history, the Yankees again are hoping that one of the game's top prospects will make an impact in New York.

He won't slam 52 homers like Aaron Judge did in 2017, but infielder Gleyber Torres has exceptional hitting ability. Ranked No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, he'll join the Yankees for their Sunday afternoon game against the Blue Jays.

Torres is capable of playing shortstop (his primary position in the Minors), third base (where he has seen the most action this year in Triple-A) and second base. Though New York hasn't commented yet on what his role will be, the most obvious spot for him would be at second. The club has gotten little production out of Tyler Wade or Neil Walker, and while Ronald Torreyes has hit well in six starts there, Torres offers superior power and defense.

Video: Top Prospects: Gleyber Torres, SS, Yankees

Scouts considered Torres the top infielder available during the 2013-14 international signing period, and he has lived up to that billing since signing with the Cubs for $1.7 million out of Venezuela in July 2013. He has excelled everywhere he has gone, starting with ranking as the Class A Midwest League's top prospect and winning a championship in the Class A Advanced Carolina League in 2015, his first taste of full-season ball.

The key prospect in the four-player package the Yankees received when they sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in July 2016, Torres finished that year as the youngest MVP and batting champion (.403) in Arizona Fall League history. He reached Triple-A last May at age 20 and was pushing for a promotion to New York a month later when he injured his left (non-throwing) elbow on a headfirst slide into home plate on June 17. An MRI revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery and ended his season.

Torres went 7-for-32 (.219) in big league camp this spring but quickly regained his stroke once the Triple-A season started. In 14 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he batted .347/.393/.510 with one home run. He's a career .285/.362/.419 hitter in pro ball with 121 extra-base hits (24 homers) in 370 games.

Video: Boone on Torres' play in spring, future with Yankees

At age 21, Torres will be the second-youngest player in the Major Leagues. He's only 25 days older than the youngest, Ozzie Albies.

One of the best pure hitting prospects in baseball, Torres has lightning-fast hands that enable him to barrel balls with ease. He recognizes pitches well and rarely gets fooled, and he's advanced in his ability to make adjustments and use the entire field. He has steadily improved his power and his plate discipline as he has risen through the Minors.

Torres' hands are an asset on defense as well, as is his plus arm strength. He covers more ground than his average speed would suggest, and he's capable of playing a solid shortstop and perhaps an even better second or third base. Star shortstop Didi Gregorius isn't going anywhere, but Torres also could take over at third base if fellow rookie Miguel Andujar falters and Brandon Drury is slow to return from his migraine issues.

Torres should make an already formidable Yankees lineup even more dangerous. If he gets 300 at-bats this year, a reasonable expectation would be that he could hit .275 with 8-10 homers. Once he's playing regularly and in his prime, he should contend for batting titles and deliver 20-plus homers per season.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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