Gleyber Torres, Yankees' powerful bats lead New York to rout over Tampa Bay

Following a lengthy rain delay, the New York Yankees rode early home runs to a comfortable win over the Tampa Bay Rays on 9/11 in the Bronx.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

NEW YORK -- No Yankee was happier to see the calendar flip from August than Gleyber Torres, who opened the month reading his name in trade rumors and ended it in one of the worst slumps of his career. September has been much more promising for the infielder, who says he’s poised to make an impact in October.

Torres homered twice on Sunday in the Yankees’ 10-4 rout of the Rays at Yankee Stadium, belting a three-run shot in the first inning and a solo blast in the second. Giancarlo Stanton and rookie Oswaldo Cabrera also went deep as the Bombers won for the sixth time in eight games. They now hold a 5 1/2 game lead in the American League East.

“I think I’m more confident,” Torres said. “In August, I worried too much about myself if I struck out or didn’t do anything for the team. It seems like there were too many things mentally. Now I can come to the field with 100 percent confidence and just try to feel good.”