Video: Gleyber Torres hits his first MLB home run

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Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres hogged the spotlight on Friday as he delivered his first major-league home run for the Yankees. The three-run shot came off of a first-pitch curveball from the Indians Josh Tomlin, sailing well over the center field wall to give the Yankees a leg up in the fourth inning.

Torres’ blast snapped a personal homer-less streak of 46 plate appearances this spring. It set off a chain reaction throughout the Yankees’ lineup, too, boosting the team to a 5-0 lead with another solo shot from Aaron Judge (his eighth of 2018) in the fourth and a 461-footer from Gary Sanchez (his ninth) in the fifth.

The Indians eventually pushed back, however, finally catching a break against the bullpen in the eighth inning. Bradley Zimmer cranked his second home run of the season, a 402-foot drive to center field that scored Yan Gomes and Rajai Davis. Jose Ramirez delivered the game-tying knock with a two-run shot off of David Robertson to tie the game 5-5.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.