Gleyber Torres Powers Yankees beat Blue Jays

Gleyber Torres sent a fast-jumping ball, started running toward first base and raised his right arm as a young boy in the first row of the right court picked up the ball on the fly.

Torres followed his three-game green light to Homer with a two-round single and led the rookie Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, on Wednesday to claim their 15th win in 17 games.

“My swing is getting better,” Torres said. “I think the confidence is back, and that’s what’s most important to me.”

Torres, who was only 25 years old, made his debut for the Yankees in 2018 and became an All-Star in his first two seasons, racking up 62 home runs. But he declined in the next two seasons, with a total of only 12 long balls.

“I’ve had so many opportunities to do things for my team that I’ve missed. I failed,” said Torres.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has stopped Torres in six of his first 25 games of the season, including opening day, when Torres’ 10-year sacrifice helped the Yankees beat Boston.

Torres had a one-game finale against Cleveland on April 23, a home blitz in Sunday’s double-header opener against the Texans and led in all runs in the series finale against the Blue Jays.

Torres has 16 RBIs in his last 15 games and four runs in his last 11 games.

“I think it’s somewhat mechanical. He had to fight for some time to play here earlier in the year, and he responded to that in the way he wishes he would,” said Boone, who cited Torres to set his hips and lower body better this season.

The Yankees finished in a two-game sweep to win the seventh consecutive series and improved to top the league 22-8, their best start in 30 games since 2003. The Yankees 13-0 when scoring five or more runs.

“We won in a lot of different ways,” Boone said. “It was on some days, it was probably basic play. We’ve been in a few games where we’ve scored a good number of races and had a couple of successful games. And we’ve called it off and found late knocks. … It built a lot of confidence in that room, And that we know we don’t have to rely on one thing on a particular night.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said he will not publicly discuss whether any contract talks are underway with Aaron Judge. An outside player is eligible to arbitrate, with the ability to listen until June 24, and can become a free agent after the World Championships. The judge rejected an eight-year contract worth $230.5 million to $234.5 million, and the difference in arbitration was determined for this year’s salary, and said he did not intend to negotiate again until after the season.

Box results and summaries from the rest of Wednesday’s matches.

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Guardians are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak that has sidelined manager Terry Francona and several of the team’s coaches, leading to the postponement of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Shortly after Francona’s positive test emerged, Major League Baseball said there were “multiple positive tests for COVID-19” in the Cleveland organization and canceled the Wednesday Finals series to allow for more testing and contact tracing.

It’s the first coronavirus-related postponement since the season started on April 7.

DeMarlo Hale, the Guardians bench coach appointed to fill the Francona role, has also tested positive, and Cleveland has “several coaches and other team support staff members” who have tested positive for the virus, according to team spokesperson Bart Swain.

At this point, it’s not clear who will take over the Guardians when they open a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday. The team will likely bring in several minor league coaches and field coordinators for the series.

The Guardians are off Thursday. The team set its rotation for the Twins series, with Aaron Ceval starting on Friday, followed by Shane Bieber and Triston Mackenzie. The Civale was scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Francona, 63, who has suffered from serious health problems in the past two seasons, tested positive for the virus a few hours before kick-off. The team said he is currently not showing any symptoms.