BALTIMORE (AP) – Illuminated with the club, Miguel Andújar emphasizes that his only interest is to help the New York Yankees qualify for the playoffs.
If the consequence of that goal is the American League Rookie of the Year prize, the 23-year-old Dominicaan will enjoy the prize during the winter break.
Andújar shook a homer and produced four runs, J.A. Happ threw six dominant innings to win its fifth straight start with the Yankees and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, 10-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.
After hitting a run in the first inning with a shot, Andújar placed the Yankees 5-2 in the third inning with his three-run homer by Jimmy Yacabonis (0-2).
With his 42nd game in the multi-hit campaign, Andújar left his batting average at .344 after the break in the All Star. Lead the AL rookies in batting (.298) and RBI (70) and second in home runs (21).
"He is a special talent," Happ said.
His teammate Aaron Judge won the prize unanimously in 2017, and Andújar was able to give the second street directly to New York.
& # 39; Whatever it is, & # 39; Andújar said. "Here we are looking for something more important than individual awards."
Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres and Aaron Hicks all shot solo homers for the Yankees, who won six out of seven to get 34 games over .500 (81-47). The Venezuelan Torres reached 19 homers in the campaign.
Mexican Luis Cessa worked the last three innings for his first save in the majors.
For the Yankees, Andujar 5-2, two runs and four drives. The Venezuelan Torres 4-2, one scored and one dragged.
For the Orioles, the Venezuelan Renato Nunez from 4-3, two ridden. The Dominican Jonathan Villar from 5-0.