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Yankees’ big guns were needed after all

BALTIMORE — Considering they were a combined 10-for-26 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in the previous three wins over the Orioles, not seeing Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres in the starting lineup of the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Orioles on Thursday was a mild surprise.

Neither was hurt, but Sanchez caught Wednesday night and that usually means Austin Romine catches a day game after a night tilt. As for Torres, he has had two full days off all season.

“Obviously with Gary, a day game after a night game,’’ manager Aaron Boone said. “With Gleyber we have been wanting to get him one [day off]. Obviously right now it is hard to get him one. Today, with the quick turnaround, it was best [to do].’’

Boone started Thairo Estrada at short and hit him eighth, one spot ahead of Romine, and he went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored.

Because Sanchez and Torres were swinging hot bats, Boone was asked if it was difficult leaving each out of the lineup.

“To some degree, anytime you are not writing your studs in there, especially guys who are swinging the bat really well it’s a little tough,’’ Boone said. “But it is also how we are built right now and how we move guys around.’’

Torres and Sanchez pinch hit in the ninth and walked and singled, respectively, to jump-start the Yankees’ game-winning rally.

ViaNyPost

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