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Gleyber Torres hits first postseason homer as Yankees eye sweep

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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).

Blue Jays sign Marc Rzepczynski to minor league deal

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The Blue Jays announced on Monday the signing of lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. “Scrabble,” as he’s affectionately known, spent the first two and a half years of his career with the Blue Jays in 2009-11.

Rzepczynski, 34, hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 2018. He struggled across 44 2/3 innings with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, last year. He posted a 5.04 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 28 walks.

While lefty relievers are always high in demand, it seems likely that Rzepczynski will begin the regular season in the minors and serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays.