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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/11/21

Gleyber’s clutch hitting helps Yanks beat Nats; Stanton’s slugfest supported by analytics; Aníbal Sánchez to play for Venezuelan national team; Andújar sent down to minors.

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amNY | Alex Mitchell: Gleyber Torres began the season in a slump, but his offensive production over Mother’s Day weekend shows he is emerging out of it. Torres came up big for the Yankees on Saturday, becoming the first Yankee since Raúl Ibañez in the 2012 ALDS to tie a game in the ninth inning and hit an extra innings walk-off in that same game. He capped the weekend off by hitting his first home run of the 2021 season.

NJ Advanced Media | Joe Giglio: Simply put, Giancarlo Stanton is on fire. The Yankees’ recent success has been driven by Stanton’s hot streak at the plate. Stanton’s production surge began on April 23rd, when Boone switched Stanton to bat him second in the lineup. The numbers back up his jaw-dropping slugging, too. He is hitting the ball hard, and to all parts of the field. Provided he can stay healthy, the Yankees have every reason to believe Stanton can hit like he has been hitting all season long.

NJ Advanced Media | Mike Rosenstein: The Yankees were among the teams that watched Aníbal Sánchez pitch in a showcase in Florida back in April. The veteran pitcher will not continue his career in New York, however, as The Venezuelan Baseball Federation announced on Monday that Sánchez will represent Venezuela at the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, which begins May 31st in Florida. Sánchez won a World Series ring with the Washington Nationals in 2019 and it’s possible he could return to MLB following the tournament.

SNY | Coby Green: The Yankees sent Miguel Andújar back down to the minors after starting him twice during the team’s series against the Nationals over the weekend. Andújar failed to reach base in nine plate appearances, so it’s unclear if the demotion means third baseman Gio Urshela is close to returning to the lineup, or if the move was motivated by Andújar’s underwhelming performance over the weekend.