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Yankees’ Ronald Torreyes seeing benefit of increased playing time

New York Yankees third baseman Ronald Torreyes (17)

New York Yankees third baseman Ronald Torreyes (17) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York on Friday, August 26, 2016. MLB Baseball between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. Credit: Steven Ryan

Ronald Torreyes looks more like a jockey than a baseball player, but the small guy is standing tall these days for the Yankees.

Listed at 5-10 and 151 pounds and looking less than that, Torreyes is making the most of finally getting an opportunity to play regularly. The 23-year-old rookie started at third Sunday for the fifth straight game and the seventh time in the last nine games. This time, he doubled, singled and got robbed in his third at-bat during the 5-0 loss to Baltimore at Yankee Stadium.

So Torreyes extended his career-high hitting streak to seven games. He’s batting .538 over this stretch — 14-for-26 — with six doubles, a homer and four RBIs.

“He’s swung the bat extremely well,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s played really, really good defense. It’s not easy to do what he’s been doing, especially when you haven’t had consistent at-bats all year.”

His increased playing time has come at Chase Headley’s expense, although Girardi said Headley will get back in there this week.

“It’s more about what Torreyes has been doing, how well he’s been playing,” Girardi said.

Judge sticking to his approach

Aaron Judge has slumped after his big beginning.

The 6-7 rookie rightfielder went 0-for-3 with two swinging strikeouts on what he thought were sliders by Kevin Gausman. So Judge has only four hits in his last 27 at-bats, dropping his average to .209 in 13 games. He has fanned 19 times in 43 at-bats.

“We might see some strikeouts,” Girardi said, “but I think he’s going to make the adjustments and be very productive.”

Judge, who homered in his first big-league plate appearance on Aug. 13, didn’t sound worried.

“I’m just trying to stick to my approach,” Judge said. “I feel like if I just stick with that, everything will work out.”


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