Yankees’ star shortstop ties Derek Jeter’s hit streak

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New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe keeps on hitting. On Sunday, The 23-year-old extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a sixth-inning single off of San Diego Padres SP Joe Musgrove. The single put Volpe in elite Yankees company, as he tied “The Captain” Derek Jeter’s mark for the second-longest hitting streak by a Yankee since 2012.

Anthony Volpe is now four games shy of the Yankees’ longest hitting streak since 2012

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Since 2012, only Robinson Cano has enjoyed a longer hitting streak in a Yankees uniform, when he rattled off an impressive 23-game hitting streak. As for Volpe, his 19-game streak has boosted his season stats across the board, hitting for a .282 average, with six home runs, 23 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, and an impressive .790 OPS on the season. During his hitting streak, Volpe has turned it up a notch, hitting .333, with 27 hits, three home runs, and 10 RBIs with a .918 OPS over his last 19 games.

Volpe has adjusted to the leadoff role nicely

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After a blazing start to the season, Volpe was promoted to the leadoff spot in the Yankees lineup, after initially struggling to adjust to his new role, Volpe has officially found his groove. Since taking over as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter, Volpe is hitting .261, with 46 hits, four home runs, and 17 RBIs. Judging from the eye test alone, Volpe appears more comfortable at the plate, especially during his hitting streak. The 23-year-old has made major adjustments to his approach compared to last season, using all sides of the field to his advantage, and staying aggressive early in the count.

Volpe to remain the leadoff hitter despite the impending return of DJ LeMahieu

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Volpe has impressed the Yankees with his leadoff abilities so much so that he will remain the team’s leadoff hitter even upon INF DJ LeMahieu’s return from the IL, straying away from the original plan of having LeMahieu be the leadoff hitter. LeMahieu is set to return during the Yankees’ upcoming series with the Los Angeles Angels and will hit near the bottom of the order, further deepening a dangerous Yankees lineup.

Volpe will look to extend his hitting streak to 20 games on Tuesday when the Yankees begin a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels.

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