Miguel Andujar leads Yanks to win vs Baltimore
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Gleyber who? Miguel Andujar continues to put up big numbers for the New York Yankees in his rookie season. 

  • New York Yankees 8 (37-17)
  • Baltimore Orioles 5 (17-41)
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  • Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland.

New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar might be overshadowed by fellow rookie Gleyber Torres, but what he’s doing is just as impressive.

Coming into the night, Andujar was hitting .290 with five home runs, 18 RBI, and an overwhelming 24 extra base hits. If not for Torres, Andujar would be getting all of the attention. Just look at his performance against Baltimore.

It all started in the second inning with the Yankees trailing 1-0 early. Andujar came up to the plate with Aaron Hicks on first. Andujar got a pitch he could drive and pulled it into the seats in left to give the Yankees the 2-1 lead.

But that wasn’t it for the 23-year-old rookie. Later in the game with the Yankees up 7-4, Andujar laced an RBI double to left field giving the Yankees some much-needed insurance runs.

Andujar’s run is nothing but impressive, especially considering the slow start he got off to in 2018. But he put that slow start behind him and eventually stole the everyday third base job away from Brandon Drury.

Now Andujar has become a mainstay for the Bronx Bombers and he continues to impress. He’s raised his batting average to .294 and has put his name in some elite company.

To be mentioned in the same sentence as Joe DiMaggio is something special. But this is nothing new for Andujar, who has been doing this all season. He has also been mentioned along with Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez, and Wade Boggs.

As the season continues, Andujar might just force himself into the conversation for rookie of the year. Right now all of the talk is about Gleyber Torres and Shohei Ohtani, but Andujar is just as much of a threat.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.