BALTIMORE – Miguel Andujar has been chased by his teammate Gleyber Torres in the fight for the American League Rookie of the Year and he helped his cause on Saturday when his three runs in the third inning gave the Yankees a head start over the Orioles [19659-02] ] Despite his glaring numbers, Andujar insisted that his focus was on something other than personal hardware.
"There are now more important things for us overall," Andujar later said about an interpreter a 10-3 win in the first game of a split-double at Camden Yards. "It's very important to win games, we have a bigger goal in mind … At the end of everything, when it happens, it happens, we try to achieve something bigger than an individual prize."
And if they make it into the playoffs and another run in the postseason, Andujar will have played an important role.
With injuries to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez ̵
"Obviously, when we were beaten, he was right" in the middle of this lineup, "said Aaron Boone.
Through all this, he was able to make the necessary adjustments to produce offensively – impressive Teammates who were significantly longer than Andujar.
Approach, "said Aaron Hicks, when asked what impressed him about Andujar, who made his third multi-hit 5-1 win over the Orioles in Game 2 would have.
"He can adapt day by day, day by day, it's kind of a veteran approach and it's great to see every day – or he's just a hell of a hitter, presumably both."
There is more and more evidence that this is a combination.
Andujar was kicked off in the first race when he landed in third and second place with Giancarlo Stanton. With two on and one in the third, Andujar tied his 21st homer of the year to center it, which made it 5-2 and put J.A. Happ will be able to win another game as Yankee.
"He's a special talent," said Happ.
Ten of Andujar's 21 home-based players have tied the game or put the Yankees on the doorstep.
"It's about keeping your head in the game, seeing the pitcher and understanding what he wants to do out there," Andujar said. "I've got good results … I always have a plan in mind, it's about executing this plan."
And Boone does not expect that to change.
"I think we'll see the Force move on over time, but it's the overall package, man, as a hitter," the manager said. "He's really talented, he has all the skills to be a good hitter, but he also has a good head on his shoulders."