NEW YORK (AP) — With prized prospect Gleyber Torres on board, the New York Yankees are going young.
After getting called up from the minors, Torres made his highly anticipated major league debut Sunday against Toronto. The 21-year-old infielder was at second base, batting eighth in a Yankees lineup that didn’t include a player 30 or older for the first time since Sept. 29, 1989, according to STATS.
Veteran left fielder Brett Gardner was rested, so the senior starter on the field was 29-year-old catcher Austin Romine.
Rated among the top five or six prospects in baseball, Torres became the youngest position player to appear in a game for the Yankees since 20-year-old Melky Cabrera in 2005. Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies, also 21, is the only major leaguer younger than Torres to play in a game this season.
“We just feel like he’s ready,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “We think he has a chance to be a special player.”
The crowd at Yankee Stadium buzzed when Torres came to the plate for the first time with two runners in scoring position in the second inning. He received a warm ovation, then struck out swinging at an 82 mph curveball from Blue Jays left-hander Jaime Garcia for the second out.
With two on in the fourth, Torres grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Torres was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he was hitting .347 with a home run, three doubles, one triple and 11 RBIs. He got the news from RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell, with his teammates around to take part in the celebration.
“A little bit surprised. Excited, and super happy,” Torres said. “I think every player has their dreams.”
Torres can play all over the infield, but for now Boone said the club plans to play him on a regular basis at second base, which has been a problem spot this season. New York hopes Torres can provide a boost for a team that’s been shoddy on defense and inconsistent overall so far.
Boone said Torres doesn’t have a specific tool that will “wow” anyone, such as prodigious power or blazing speed. But he possesses an excellent sense of how to play the game.
“He’s a really complete player,” Boone said. “He does everything really well on a baseball field.”
One of four players acquired from the Chicago Cubs in July 2016 for Aroldis Chapman, now the Yankees’ closer again, Torres arrived in New York on Saturday evening and said his wife would be on hand for his debut.
Torres took optional batting practice on the field with teammates in the morning. When the Bleacher Creatures chanted his name during Roll Call at the beginning of the game, the rookie was ready and acknowledged them.
He said he had a difficult time nodding off Saturday night and got only three or four hours of sleep. He was given a locker between sluggers Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, and wore No. 25 in pinstripes — same as former Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.
“I thinks it’s awesome that @TorresGleyber is wearing #25 for the @Yankees. I hope he becomes a star and millions buy his jerseys. Then when I see them in the stadium and on the streets I can tell people, “Look, another Tex jersey,” Teixeira tweeted.
Yankees newcomer Giancarlo Stanton, last year’s big league home run champion and NL MVP, said he likes Torres’ swing.
“There’s a lot going on, but it’s very precise. He’s got some cool action in there — and there’s some pop at the end,” Stanton said. “He’s going to be good, man. He is good already.”
New York also signed right-hander David Hale to a major league contract and selected him from Triple-A. Infielder-outfielder Jace Peterson was designated for assignment, and infielder Tyler Wade was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Wade was batting .086 (3 for 35) with four RBIs.
NOTES: The last time the Yankees didn’t have a player 30 or older in the starting lineup for a game in April was April 26, 1942, according to STATS.
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City’s jubilant fans ran onto the field in their thousands, singing and dancing as the Premier League champions’ title celebrations exploded into life at Etihad Stadium.
The mood was more muted at Emirates Stadium at the start of Arsene Wenger’s long goodbye to Arsenal.
City and Arsenal enjoyed big home wins in the league amid contrasting atmospheres on Sunday, a clear signal of the state the two clubs find themselves in with three weeks left of the season.
A 5-0 win over Swansea was the latest master-class delivered by City, which has turned to chasing records after clinching the title in record-equaling time last weekend. There was a party feel throughout the game and, after the final whistle, City fans stormed the field and mobbed players in a good-natured celebration.
Hours earlier, Wenger had stepped onto Arsenal’s pitch before kickoff against West Ham, two days after announcing he would be leaving the London club after 22 years as manager. There was no acknowledgment of the 68-year-old Frenchman from the stadium announcer and fans only chanted about him in response to taunts from West Ham supporters.
Arsenal, languishing in sixth place and 33 points behind City, ran out a 4-1 winner in Wenger’s third-to-last home match in charge.
Another team celebrating was Chelsea, which beat Southampton 2-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the FA Cup final. The team will return to the national stadium next month to play Manchester United, which beat Tottenham on Saturday.
Also Sunday, Stoke drew 1-1 at home to Burnley in the Premier League and is now four points from safety with three games remaining.
The league title might have been wrapped up but Man City still has something to play for — records.
The best-ever haul for points, goals, goal difference and title-winning margin is in sight for City after a dominant display against Swansea in which David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus all scored.
With four games left, City needs six more points to post the most points outright in a Premier League campaign, six more goals for the most goals, and two more wins to post the most victories. Its current goal difference of plus 73 is two better than the all-time best, Chelsea’s 71 in 2009-10.
The biggest title-winning margin is 18 points — by Manchester United in 2000 — and City’s current lead over second-place United is 16 points.
WENGER BEGINS FAREWELL
The perfect send-off for Wenger would be if Arsenal won the Europa League, giving the Frenchman an 11th major trophy in his long spell there and returning the club to the Champions League.
The team plays Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semifinals on Thursday and warmed up for that with a win that was only sealed in the final 10 minutes, when Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette (twice) scored. Before that, Nacho Monreal netted in the 51st minute to put Arsenal ahead only for West Ham to equalize through Marko Arnautovic.
Arsenal moved four points clear of seventh-place Burnley.
CHELSEA INTO FINAL
Speculation is rife about Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea beyond this season, so it may be that the Italian’s last game in charge is the FA Cup final against Man United.
That would put Conte up against managerial rival Jose Mourinho, at the end of a season when the two coaches have insulted each other in a very public spat.
“We are talking about two managers with a strong character and about two winners … for sure we want to try to win this trophy,” Conte said.
Strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata scored for Chelsea, which reached the final for the second straight year. Last season, it lost to Arsenal in the showpiece.
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ATLANTA (AP) — The final game of the four-game series between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves was postponed because of rain on Sunday.
Rain began falling at SunTrust Park late Sunday morning and was forecast to continue through the afternoon and night.
The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on May 28.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said the rainout will give his players a well-timed rest — even though he was hoping his team could build on momentum gained from Saturday night’s 4-3 last at-bat win.
“We’ve still got seven days before we have an off day, so it will be good to give everybody an extra day,” Snitker said.
Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who was scheduled to start for the Braves, will have his start pushed back to Monday night, when Atlanta opens a four-game series at Cincinnati. Snitker said no starter will be skipped; others in the rotation also will be pushed back one day.
The Mets also will push back their scheduled starting pitcher, Zack Wheeler, to Tuesday night, when New York opens a three-game series at St. Louis. The Mets are off on Monday.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard will start against the Cardinals on Wednesday, filling the rotation spot originally planned for Matt Harvey. The Mets announced on Saturday that Harvey, struggling with a 6.00 ERA, is moving to the bullpen.
The unscheduled day off was well-timed for at least two Mets players.
Manager Mickey Callaway already planned to rest slumping right fielder Jay Bruce and third baseman Todd Frazier on Sunday.
Callaway said Frazier “got spiked pretty good” at third base on Saturday night. Callaway said Frazier’s toe was “throbbing pretty good.”
Bruce is hitting only .194 with one homer.
“We decided before the game (Saturday) we were going to give him a day off so he could have two in a row,” Callaway said of Bruce. “Just let him relax a little bit for a couple days.”
Bruce was 2 for 12 in the first three games of the series.
“He’s in a spot right now where he’s trying to figure things out and that’s never a comfortable spot to be in,” Callaway said. “… Jay Bruce is a really good player. He’ll bounce back. He’s been through this before as everybody has. He’ll end up turning it around.”
The Braves won two of three against the Mets for their first home series win in the NL East rivalry since June 19-21, 2015, when they won three straight.
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