Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres opened the scoring in the second inning of ALDS Game 3 against the Twins with his team eyeing a sweep. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi threw a cutter that didn’t cut. Torres smacked it just barely over the fence in left-center field to put the Yankees up 1-0.
Torres, 22, entered the night batting .250 with one extra-base hit (a double) in 24 postseason at-bats. He had a terrific sophomore season, batting .278/.337/.535 with 38 homers and 90 RBI in 604 trips to the plate. Torres became the first Yankee second baseman with a 35+ homer season (min. 45% of games played at second base) since Alfonso Soriano in 2003 (38) and ’02 (39).