TAMPA, Fla. — It was some good, some not-so-good for Gleyber Torres Wednesday afternoon.
The 21-year-old, who is competing for the starting job at second, committed an error early in the game but also responded in the innings that followed.
With none out and a runner on first in the third inning, Sergio Alcantara hit a sharp grounder toward the middle on what looked like a possible double-play ball. But Torres tried a glove flip to shortstop Didi Gregorius and misfired for an error. John Hicks followed with a three-run homer off Luis Cessa to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
“You have to complete the play there,” manager Aaron Boone said. “The ball’s hit firmly to your backhand there, you don’t have to be fancy with that . . . But then you see him bounce right back.”
Indeed, an inning later, Torres went to his knees and snagged a one-hop smash off the bat of Victor Reyes and threw him out. In the fifth, playing in short right on a shift with lefty-hitting Jeimer Candelario up, Torres caught a screaming liner for the second out of the inning.
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