Extra Special: Andujar HR, double as Yanks hammer Twins 14-1
NEW YORK (AP) —
For rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres and most everyone else swinging a bat for the New York Yankees, this was an extra special evening.
Andujar homered and doubled to extend his barrage of extra-base blows, Torres got his first major league hit and the Yankees hammered the Minnesota Twins 14-1 Monday night.
“I saw all my guys hitting pretty well,” Torres said. “I’m part of that.”
Slumping Giancarlo Stanton homered in going 4 for 4 and Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam as the Yankees posted their first three-game winning streak under new manager Aaron Boone.
“Tonight was a great night, up and down,” Boone said.
The teams hadn’t met since New York topped the Twins 8-4 in the AL wild-card game last October at Yankee Stadium.
This was no contest as Minnesota lost its fourth in a row and brought in center fielder Ryan LaMarre to pitch in the eighth inning — Tyler Austin tagged him for a two-run homer.
Austin also doubled and had a career-best four RBIs. Along with their four homers, the Yankees hit four doubles.
“We’ve been playing from behind a lot, and I think that can be trying if you do it day after day,” manager Paul Molitor said.
Andujar kept taking meaty cuts and delivered an extra-base hit in his seventh straight game — tied with Pittsburgh’s Corey Dickerson for the longest streak in the majors this year. Andujar is 15 for 29 (.517) during that span with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs, raising his season average from .107 to .316.
The 23-year-old third baseman lined a solo drive into the left-field seats in the second inning and added a hard double.
“I just want to keep doing the same thing,” Andujar said through a translator. “It’s about sticking to the plan.”
A day after making his debut, Torres singled in the eighth, ending an 0-for-7 start for the prized 21-year-old.
“It was cool,” Boone said. “Hopefully, he can be on his way now.”
Stanton hit a loud, long drive for his fifth homer, and Gary Sanchez boomed a two-run double. Both sluggers began the game batting under .190.
“Still battling, man,” Stanton said. “Nothing’s easy. Was good to get a few knocks.”
Brian Dozier singled home Minnesota’s run. He has a team-record 17-game hitting streak to begin a season, and a 24-game string dating to last year.
Masahiro Tanaka (3-2) gave up three hits in 6 2/3 innings and left with a 5-1 lead. He’s won all five of his career starts against the Twins.
Jake Odorizzi (1-2) was pulled after Stanton’s solo homer in the fifth.