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Yankees rookies Andujar, Torres braced for postseason pressure

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"He comes to me and says, 'Hey. Play your game. Enjoy the moment, this awesome moment. And never change your [mentality],'" Torres said, recounting what he considers the most important lesson he has been taught during his first season in the big leagues.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

For a player who has had a bit of a streaky season, yet one still fit for Rookie of the Year candidacy, that is advice worth following now more than ever.

Torres is not the Yankees' only Rookie of the Year hopeful who could benefit from that message.2

As Torres and fellow Baby Bomber Miguel Andujar prepare for the first postseason of their careers, their team also faces the uncomfortable possibility of being without its starting shortstop.

Gregorius, who hurt his right wrist Saturday on the play that clinched the Yankees' playoff berth, could miss time beyond this week, pending an evaluation Wednesday. He contended Monday he would be back in a matter of days. That remains to be seen -- his manager, for one, was keeping expectations low.

"I mean, he felt significantly better, and [with] just some of the range-of-motion things he's able to do," Aaron Boone said. "But I also would temper it. The true indicator will come Wednesday when he gets re-evaluated."

Until Gregorius returns, the Yankees will desperately miss his offensive production (.268, 27 home runs, 86 RBIs) and slick defense. And although veteran Adeiny Hechavarria, acquired at the waiver trade deadline, will help serve as one fill-in in the field, Torres likely will serve as another, moving at times to short from second base.

In those scenarios, Torres is batting .313 (20-for-64) with a .864 OPS. In those same situations, Andujar is batting .284 (25-for-88) with eight extra-base hits and a .792 OPS.

Both players also seem to perform better when the Yankees are chasing a lead as opposed to comfortably holding one. Despite both players having more plate appearances in situations when the Yankees are leading, their batting averages, home run totals and OPS figures when trailing all outpace those same categories when they hit with a Yankees lead. Torres also has more RBIs when the Yankees are trailing, and Andujar has 33 RBIs in both scenarios.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

"The biggest thing right from the get-go when they first came up here -- and you could see it a little bit in spring training, but especially when they burst on the scene in maybe mid- or late April -- no situation was too big for them," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. "It didn't matter if it was early in the game or late in the day with guys on base, they were always the same guy."

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