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Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span (4) hits a two-run double against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span (4) hits a two-run double against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees saw another big blow in the injury department on Saturday, when slugger Aaron Judge went down with a left oblique strain. Judge was grimacing in pain, holding his left side after a swing during the win against the Royals. 

It is unclear how long the Yankees will be losing Judge, as he went to the hospital today to receive an MRI to check on the severity of the injury. But there is no doubt the big man will see a stint on the Injured List, a place where multiple key cogs of the Bombers has landed so far this season. 

Judge will join the likes of Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton as injured outfield pieces. Hicks and Stanton are progressing in their rehab nicely, but they are not expected to join the team any time soon. That leaves only Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner, and Mike Tauchman as the only healthy outfielders on the Yanks.  

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Judge injured in Yanks win 00:01:35
The Yankees belted four home runs in routing the Royals 9-2 but in the process, lost Aaron Judge to an oblique injury

The injuries just keep getting worse for the Yankees. 

Aaron Judge left Saturday's game against the Royals in the sixth inning with a left oblique injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI at New York Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation, the team announced.

The Yankees slugger was grabbing his left side following a swing on a single and was grimacing in pain on his way to first base.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (9-10, 4.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-13) as they hope the rain clears up on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes

Brett Gardner gets the day off despite hitting two go-ahead home runs in his last three games. ... DJ LeMahieu will bat leadoff despite his recent struggles, collecting just one hit in his last 20 at-bats but was robbed of an extra-base hit on Friday night by Royals center fielder Billy Hamilton. ... Clint Frazier went hitless on Friday, but has still reached base in his last four consecutive games, where he is 6-for-15 with a home run and two RBI. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Kansas City Royals, Masahiro Tanaka
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The Yankees move to 10-10 on the season, clobbering four home runs to beat the Royals, 9-2, at Yankee Stadium.

Five takeaways from Saturday's game…

1) Masahiro Tanaka got back on track with an impressive seven-inning outing, allowing one run on four hits, walking three and striking out four. Tanaka's production continues to be a big facet for the Yankees with Luis Severino on the mend and the veteran right-hander has answered the call.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees (8-10, 5.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-12) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

CC Sabathia is 11 strikeouts away from reaching 3,000 for his career and becoming just the 17th pitcher ever to accomplish that feat. ... Despite being two games under .500, the Yankees' +15 run differential is the fourth-best in the American League. ... Clint Frazier has gone 8 for his last 21 to rise his batting average from .321 to .347. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Kansas City Royals, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch from Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis in front of Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch from Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis in front of Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is not holding a grudge against Royals pitcher Jakob Junis as he readies to face him for the first time since he fractured Judge's wrist last July.

When the Yankees face the Royals in the second game of a four-game series Friday night, it will be the first time Judge faces Junis since the Royals' righty hit Judge with a 93 mph fastball, resulting in a chip fracture in his right wrist and a 45-game absence.

"He hit me but that is part of the game. It cost me a while but it is part of the game,'' Judge said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. "It was nothing intentional. It was up and in and a two-seamer like he has, it got away.''

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How does Frazier fit? 00:01:22
SNY's Sweeny Murti discusses Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner, and how they fit the roster once Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton return.

For the moment, Clint Frazier is providing exactly what the Yankees need given the number of key players on the injured list. 

The 24-year-old outfielder, who is not far removed from being considered one of the best prospects in baseball, is healthy after dealing with concussion issues last season and is displaying the "legendary" bat speed GM Brian Cashman has previously praised Frazier for. 

In 13 games entering Thursday, Frazier was slashing .333/.347/.622 with four homers and 12 RBI; he also had 11 strikeouts against two walks.

This comes as Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks are both nursing injuries, so the Yanks have been able to plug Frazier in at either DH or left field with Brett Gardner occupying center, Mike Tauchman seeing some time in left, and of course, Aaron Judge in right field.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton
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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | ArchivesThe Yankees, behind stellar pitching and plenty of offense, beat the Red Sox, 8-0, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game…

1 ) James Paxton was absolutely electric tonight. It was the first time he went to the mound in pinstripes, and just unleashed on the opponent. Paxton surely wasn't tipping any pitches, throwing 110 on the night, 80 of which were four-seam fastballs. Those fastballs averaged 97 mph with the fastest topping out at 99.2 mph. Paxton's final line - 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K - could not have come at a better time for the Yankees. The Yanks traded for Paxton with this kind of a performance in mind, and hopefully for New York he builds on it.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the mound after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the mound after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka attributed his struggles in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox to his ineffective split-finger fastball.

"It wasn't coming out of my hand right," Tanaka said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "It's not just today, it's been like that for a little bit. I think it comes down to mechanics. I definitely need to make some adjustments, so it's an effective pitch."

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (6-8, 4.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East) wrap up their series with the White Sox (4-9) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The Yankees snapped their four-game losing streak on Saturday. ... Masahiro Tanaka, who gets the start on Sunday, has allowed one run in each of his first three starts this season. ... Aaron Judge, who homered on Saturday, is on pace to finish the season with 46 homers and 243 strikeouts. 

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CC leads Yanks past ChiSox 00:01:31
CC Sabathia pitched 5 strong innings in his season debut and Aaron Judge added a solo home run as the Yankees blanked the White Sox, 4-0

The Yankees beat the White Sox, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game…

1) CC Sabathia, coming off the injured list to make his first start of the season, was spectacular. In five innings, Sabathia allowed just one base runner (on a single) and struck out three. Sabathia, who will be retiring at season's end, is now 11 strikeouts away from 3,000 for his career, which should aid his bid to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Before we concern ourselves with Sabathia's career worth, right now the Yanks can use some of the stopper stuff he's possessed the last couple of seasons. He provided it Saturday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (5-8) host the White Sox (4-8) at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The depleted Yankees have lost four games in a row to fall 5.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East. ... CC Sabathia returns from the DL to make his first start of the season. ... Aaron Judge has struck out four times over his last two games and is on pace to strike out 249 times this season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Wade
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez rank 1-2 for the MLB lead with total barrels hit.

But how important of a metric is that?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez rank 1-2 for the MLB lead with total barrels hit.

But how important of a metric is that?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (8-5) took sole possession of first place in the NL East by beating the Braves 6-3 in the first game of a four-game series at SunTrust Park.

They play the second game of the series on Friday at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it:

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Giancarlo Stanton, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Pete Alonso seems like he's making history every day.

This time he did it by recording the hardest-hit homer ever by a Met during Thursday's 6-3 win over the Braves. His two-run blast in the seventh inning, which traveled 454 feet, had an exit velocity of 118.3 miles per hour, according to MLB Statcast.

That homer is tied for the 9th-hardest ever recorded by Statcast, and the only two players who have hit harder home runs per Statcast are the Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is joined on the mound by teammates against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is joined on the mound by teammates against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees launch seven home runs, beating the Orioles, 15-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game...

1) Domingo German was in control from the outset of this game (after allowing five walks in his first outing), in which he didn't allow a base hit until a one-out single in the sixth inning. German's final line - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB and 3 K - is one which will make it easy for the Yankees to keep him in the rotation while Luis Severino remains on the injured list.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees, coming off a three-game sweep of the Orioles, head to Houston for a three-game series agains AL West powerhouse Astros starting on Monday at 7:10 p.m. 

Yankees Notes

Gary Sanchez is hitting cleanup on Monday fresh off his three-home run game against the Orioles. He has six home runs this season which are tied for the AL lead ... DJ LeMahieu is 12-for-28 (.429), which is the sixth-best average in the majors between players with at least 20 at-bats. ... Greg Bird gets the start at first on Monday. He is 1-for-3 against Justin Verlander with the lone hit being a home run. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees go for a three-game sweep of the Orioles on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes

In an American League where many expected contenders are struggling (the Red Sox are 2-8, the Astros are 4-5), the Yankees' +6 run differential is the fourth-best. ... The Yanks enter the day 1.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Baltimore Orioles, Danny Abriano
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Apr 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The Yankees beat the Orioles, 6-4, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game..

1) Trying to make up for a poor first start of the season, J.A. Happ hurled just 4.1 innings of two-run ball. Happ allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. He got stronger as the game moved along, only having trouble with Trey Mancini (homer and a double) along the way. Unfortunately, that was enough for Yankees manager Aaron Boone to remove the left-hander when Mancini stepped to the plate for the third time in the fifth inning. Happ is being relied on to log innings and he has failed to do so thus far this season...

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge runs to first base after hitting a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge runs to first base after hitting a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Through the first seven games of the new season, a few Yankees launched their first homers over the fence. But the team's most prolific power hitter in Aaron Judge didn't collect one despite collecting some hits early on. 

That is until Saturday night. 

In his first at-bat against Dylan Bundy, Judge went to deep center field to tack on his first of many homers to come this season...

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Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) reacts as he crosses home plate in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) reacts as he crosses home plate in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Having played the rebuilding Orioles and Tigers to start the season, the Yankees might have believed to be much better than 3-4 at the moment. Injuries are part of the issue (some of which should have been expected), but performance has not lived up to expectations in some cases.

There are 155 games left in the season, but it's difficult to avoid wondering if the current feeling about the club would be different had they made some different decisions this offseason, including...

A stronger pursuit of Patrick Corbin

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres scores a run on a hit by third baseman DJ LeMahieu against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres scores a run on a hit by third baseman DJ LeMahieu against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

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As the week dragged on and the carnage mounted, it was easy to look around the field during a Yankees game and lament all the key players who were missing:

Giancarlo Stanton. Aaron Hicks. Miguel Andujar. Luis Severino. Dellin Betances. Not to mention the OG injured Yankee of 2019, Didi Gregorius.

Those stars are missed terribly, and the loss of Troy Tulowitzki so early in his comeback doesn't help, either. But it's also easy to forget that several highly talented players remain on the field and must now step up to save the Yankees season. Last year's rookie sensation Gleyber Torres is not least among them.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

With his two home runs sparking a Yankees rally in Thursday's 8-4 win over the OriolesGleyber Torres joined Yankees lore.

Writes ESPN's Coley Harvey, Torres became the youngest player in franchise history to go 4-for-4 or better since Derek Jeter, and became the fourth-youngest player to have four hits and four RBIs in a game since 1920. The only Yankees who were younger: Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig.

"Gleyber Day. It was impressive," outfielder Aaron Judge said, according to Harvey. "He came up big in certain situations where we needed someone to come up with a big hit for us. He was the catalyst of this win for us."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Baltimore Orioles
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Apr 4, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is greeted by base coach Phil Nevin (88) while rounding the bases after hitting solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Apr 4, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is greeted by base coach Phil Nevin (88) while rounding the bases after hitting solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

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The Yankees beat the Orioles, 8-4, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, spoiling Baltimore's home opener. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game..

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Detroit Tigers, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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Injury bug bites again 00:01:13
Yankees stuck out 18 times today against the Tigers, a new team record. All the injuries definitely aren't helping the situation on offense.

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We'd say the Yankees limped out of the Stadium Wednesday evening after their latest sluggish loss, but an injury joke probably hits too close to home for a club that's playing both poorly and losing players seemingly daily.

Troy Tulowitzki is the latest casualty. He left the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the lowly Tigers in the second inning, nursing a Grade 1 left calf strain. Aaron Boone said he didn't have all the details on Tulo's condition, but reckoned the shortstop was heading for the Injured List.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, troy-tulowitzki, Anthony McCarron
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Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts after giving up a run against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts after giving up a run against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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When a power pitcher begins to lose his fastball, he first tells the world that everything is fine.

The pitcher's manager and teammates will echo that too, because what can you say in the face of apparently diminishing stuff other than to offer encouragement?

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Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) reacts after an out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) reacts after an out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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On a night where the bats were as cold as the temperature, the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game..

1) Aroldis Chapman came on in a tie game and allowed two runs on two hits after handing out a crucial walk. Chapman was sitting 97-98 mph for much of the appearance, and did hit 100 mph one pitch. But the placement on the fastball was not great and he was subsequently burned by it.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Detroit Tigers, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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Despite going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, the Yankees beat the Tigers 3-1 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German was erratic (five walks), but equally elusive (seven strikeouts) in his five innings of work. German allowed just one hit and an unearned run. The young righty will continue to get action this season as a starter and reliever, which will hopefully help him become more consistent.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Detroit Tigers, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge runs to first base after hitting a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge runs to first base after hitting a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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Major League Baseball's schedule makers threw the Yankees a bone for opening weekend of the 2019 season, but the team essentially choked on it.

The Yankees are among a quartet of American League teams heavily favored to gain a spot in the 2019 postseason and New York's roster is strong enough win the World Series. The Baltimore Orioles are in the very beginning stages of a full-blown rebuild, fresh off a 115-loss season. Yet, it was the Orioles that came out of New York with two wins in the three-game series.

An interesting outcome beyond the scoreboard results, which have the standings turned upside down, are the somewhat diverging messages coming from the Yankees' best player and its manager.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

After Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Orioles dropped the Yankees to 1-2, manager Aaron Boone isn't pressing the panic button. 

Far from it.

"I'm not in the projection business, first of all," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I reject that all the way."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Baltimore Orioles
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Yanks fail to solve O's again 00:01:36
After a lengthy rain delay, the Yankees discuss their struggles with men in scoring position as they lost to the Orioles again, 7-5

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After a three-hour and 17 minute rain delay, the Yankees lost to the Orioles, 7-5, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) J.A. Happ's first appearance of the season got off to a rough start, allowing a three-run home run in the first inning. It didn't get too much better, as Happ lasted just four innings to the tune of four runs, five hits (two homers), one walk and three strikeouts.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa, Baltimore Orioles, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Just two games into the season, Aaron Judge thinks the Yankees need to have a sense of urgency.

After a loss to the lowly Orioles on Saturday in the second game of the season, Judge said the club needs to think like it did during the 2017 MLB playoffs when they trailed in the ALDS and ALCS.

"We've gotta have that mindset that our backs are against the wall, every single game," Judge told reporters after the Yankees' 5-3 loss to Baltimore. "In the playoffs, especially in '17, going down to Cleveland and Houston, our backs were against the wall and we came out and played our butts off. That's got to be our mindset. Our backs are against the wall. You can't take anybody lightly and we gotta capitalize on situations when they come up."

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) high fives teammates after being introduced before an opening day game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) high fives teammates after being introduced before an opening day game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Yankees OF Aaron Judge didn't need much time to make his stamp on this franchise, and the MLB as a whole. In just two full seasons, he collected a Rookie of the Year trophy, showcased success in the postseason, and most importantly, became the new face of the Yankees. 

So, as the slugger walked into camp down in Tampa, it's no surprise the 26-year-old looked extremely comfortable. And that cool demeanor resulted in an easy .316/.447/.947 slash line with six homers and 15 RBI in 17 games of Spring Training...

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) celebrates his three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) celebrates his three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If you're looking for Opening Day omens, how's this: At the same time Luke Voit smashed a ball into Monument Park to show that, perhaps, his big splash last year was no fluke, Mariano Rivera was sitting with reporters, recapping his ceremonial first pitch and saying how it was about time for the Yankees to win another championship.

Maybe that was nothing more than a cute juxtaposition, well-timed for Opening Day. But the way the Yanks handled the rest of Thursday afternoon, an easy 7-2 victory over the woeful Orioles, certainly trumpets the idea that they might be destined for big things this season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Yankees open 2019 season with W 00:01:34
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge talks about how awesome the Opening Day crowd was at Yankees stadium to open 2019 season.

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The Yankees started 2019 on the right foot, defeating the Orioles 7-2 at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day. >> Box Score

Nine things to know about Thursday's game…

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Yankees Legends Tino Martinez, Paul ONeill and Bernie Williams celebrate Pepsi Zero Sugar Judge for Yourself campaign at Grand Central Terminal on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Pepsi) (Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Yankees Legends Tino Martinez, Paul ONeill and Bernie Williams celebrate Pepsi Zero Sugar Judge for Yourself campaign at Grand Central Terminal on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Pepsi) (Getty Images)

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As the new season rolls around, Yankees legend Tino Martinez will find himself at yet another World Series reunion. It was 20 years ago the Yankees swept the Braves to capture the third championship of the four they collected in five years, as the dynasty was in full form.

Martinez, along with his former teammates, had a reunion last season for their '98 title. And as one would expect, they never get old...

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Difference makers for Yankees 00:01:05
New York Yankees fell short of their World Series hopes in 2018. Sweeny Murti believe these 3 players will be difference makers in 2019.

The Yankees are opening up their 2019 regular season with high expectations. A "World Series or bust" mindset surrounds this team, and to make it come true, SNY's Sweeny Murti has three players who will make all the difference. 

As one would expect, the Yankees' best player in Aaron Judge will play a major factor in the team's success. Judge looked great down in Tampa, and he brings his hot bat up north to the Bronx to hopefully start the new year on the right foot. 

So who does Murti have second and third among his difference makers... 

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Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

It's Year 2 for Giancarlo Stanton in pinstripes, and the theme thus far has been comfortability for the 6-foot-6 slugger. Stanton had an up-and-down 2018 season that still saw 38 round-trippers and 100 RBI fall on his stat sheet. 

Stanton's production didn't make it a disappointing season, but it was his .229 average at Yankee Stadium and 5-for-21 performance in his first trip to the postseason that made Yankees fans shake their heads. 

But that was last year, and Stanton has consistently alluded to it as one giant learning experience coming from Miami to New York. He reiterated that point on Wednesday after his final tune-up workout before Opening Day on Thursday.

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While the Yankees did not splurge on stars Manny Machado or Bryce Harper as many expected, the club completed a big trade and spread out its wealth for roster additions in free agency in an effort to supplement its incredibly talented young core.

Let's take a look at the 2019 Yankees, a team that sports an Opening Day payroll of approximately $204 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts ($226 million-plus for competitive balance tax purposes), as they embark on their yearly quest for a World Series title.

Pitching Staff

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mike Francesa on 2019 Yankees 00:02:11
WFAN's Mike Francesa talks to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the 2019 Yankees, discussing injuries and their chances to win in October.

WFAN's Mike Francesa talks to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the 2019 Yankees, discussing injuries and their chances to win in October.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 5-3 in their final spring training game of the year on Monday at Nationals Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo homer and Greg Bird hit an RBI double for the Yankees, who finished the spring 15-9.

2) Stephen Tarpley allowed two runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings, while Tommy Kahnle gave up two runs, three hits and one walk in 2/3 of an inning. Adam Ottavino struck out two batters in one scoreless inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Tommy Kahnle, Washington Nationals
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

MLB's biggest stars have been receiving large contract extensions as Opening Day approaches, but Yankees slugger Aaron Judge must continue to wait. 

The 27-year-old outfielder said on ESPN Radio's "The Michael Kay Show" that he has not had those discussions yet with the Yankees. 

"We haven't spoken about that," he said. "I've got a job to do on the field. For the most part, I let my agent handle that kind of stuff. For me, as long as I'm under contract doing my thing, I'll keep playing. I'll let guys making the big bucks handle that."

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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have left Tampa but are making a pit stop in the nation's capitol where they will play the Washington Nationals in an exhibition game on Monday at 5:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees' lineup on Monday will likely resemble their Opening Day lineup this Thursday. Luke Voit is batting cleanup but will be the DH as DJ LeMahieu will play first base and bat ninth. ... Troy Tulowitzki, who hit just .219 with three home runs and seven RBI this spring, will bat eighth while Brett Gardner remains the mainstay atop the Yankees' lineup and gets the start in center field.

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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday as Spring Training begins to wind down. 

Yankees notes

Aaron Judge is back in the Yankees' lineup with a team-leading six home runs and 15 RBI. ... Giancarlo Stanton is batting third after homering twice on Friday night. He now has four home runs and eight RBI this spring. ... Greg Bird gets the start at first base with most of the regulars as he continues to make his case for the team, hitting .333 with three home runs and eight RBI this spring. 

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The Yankees are exactly one week away from opening their 2019 season against the Orioles in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster when camp breaks are coming down to the wire. Injuries continue to plague this squad, with Greg Bird the latest to receive medical attention after he was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Luckily, that isn't expected to be a big deal, but other Yankees may not be so lucky when the season kicks off.

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Luis Cessa was stellar once again while Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez lead the Yankees to another Spring Training win in a 6-2 victory over the Rays. >> Box Score

Things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) The Yankees decided to experiment with an opener against the team that lived by them all last season. Chad Green did allow one run on two hits while striking out one before handing the ball over. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Mar 18, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run triple during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 18, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run triple during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

So now we know Mike Trout, baseball's first $400 million man, almost certainly won't ever be bringing his talents to the Bronx, and in a sort-of-related matter, Aaron Judge is currently sporting a rather insane 1.061 slugging percentage in the Grapefruit League, hitting extra-base rockets all over Florida. 

How is it related? Well, with Trout agreeing to a 12-year, $430 million contract extension with the Angels, it's only natural to ask: when do the Yankees lock up Judge?

I'd say the sooner the better, before he wins the AL MVP award in 2019 and his price begins to climb toward Trout territory.

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