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Yan­kees blank Astros in opener

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HOUS­TON – The youngest Baby Bomber is all grown up. Any sur­prise Gley­ber Tor­res is do­ing so well in Oc­to­ber? “I mean, not re­ally,” he said. The 22-year-old Tor­res kept up his post­sea­son surge with a homer and five RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka pol­ished his play­off re­sume and the New York Yan­kees blanked the Hous­ton Astros, 7-0, Sat­ur­day night in the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries opener.

Tor­res did his part in this matchup of 100-win be­he­moths with a go-ahead dou­ble, a solo homer, a two-run sin­gle and an RBI grounder. Moved up to third in the bat­ting or­der af­ter mash­ing in a sweep of Min­nesota, the two-time All­Star be­came the youngest AL player to drive in five runs dur­ing a post­sea­son game.

“Pre­pare re­ally well to be here and help my team. So now I got op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

Brett Gard­ner, one of New York’s older play­ers at 35, raved about the young sec­ond base­man.

“It’s kind of scary for op­pos­ing pitch­ers, but ex­cit­ing if you’re a Yan­kees fan,” he said. “He’s just so tal­ented and has a knack for putting the bat on the base­ball. No mo­ment is too big for him.”

With so much at­ten­tion fo­cused on the Astros aces, Tanaka showed he’s more than be­longed on this stage, too. He threw one­hit ball for six in­nings to out­pitch Zack Greinke, im­prov­ing to 5-2 with a 1.32 ERA in the post­sea­son.

Gian­carlo Stan­ton and Gio Ur­shela also home­red and right fielder Aaron Judge turned in the key play, catch­ing a line drive and dou­bling Alex Breg­man off first base when it was still 1-0. “Loved our look to­day,” man­ager Aaron Boone said. The Yan­kees will try to build on their early mo­men­tum when James Pax­ton starts against 21game win­ner Justin Ver­lan­der in Game 2 on Sun­day night. Hous­ton hardly re­sem­bled a club that led the ma­jors with a fran­chis­ere­cord 107 vic­to­ries. Jose Al­tuve, Breg­man and their team­mates were held to three sin­gles.

 ?? AFP ?? New York Yan­kee Gley­ber Tor­res throws out a run­ner af­ter mak­ing a div­ing stop against the Hous­ton Astros.
AFP New York Yan­kee Gley­ber Tor­res throws out a run­ner af­ter mak­ing a div­ing stop against the Hous­ton Astros.

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