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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman calls infielder DJ LeMahieu a game-changer for this current roster.

The New York Yankees have a 2-0 lead heading into Game 3 of their American League Division Series matchup with the Minnesota Twins. However, they’re not in a comfortable position just yet. The Bombers won’t rest until World Series trophy No. 28 is in their hands heading into the offseason. That’s not to say we can’t look back at what the Yankees were able to do in Games 1 and 2 from the batter’s box though.

They’ve combined for 18 runs, 19 hits, and three home runs. Out of their numerous producers, arguably the biggest has been infielder DJ LeMahieu. Thus far in the series, he’s 4-for-9 with one home run, four RBIs, and four runs scored. Ultimately, the man who signed LeMahieu last offseason is praising him a whole lot right at the moment.

“He’s been a game-changer for this roster and this franchise,” general manager Brian Cashman said, per Bryan Hoch of mlb.com. “[Signing him] worked out extremely well, and to our benefit, and so I thank those individuals for pushing [the signing] — and I’ll pat myself on the back for hiring people smarter than me.”

LeMahieu has hit in the leadoff spot and has played first base in each of the team’s first two postseason matchups. It’s currently unclear when he’ll hit and where he’ll play when the team travels to Minnesota for Game 3. However, what is clear is manager Aaron Boone‘s appreciation of LeMahieu’s efforts.

“From Day 1, DJ has felt very comfortable here,” Boone said. “There’s a way that he goes about in his work that is really efficient, and he works really hard, but I think it’s been something that’s rubbed off on guys, too. He’s been one of the tone-setters, in a lot of ways.”

Game 3’s first pitch will take place on Monday night at 8:40 p.m. ET.

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