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BBB Debates: Aaron Judge in the Leadoff spot

With Opening Day just six days away at this point, the Yankees 25-man roster is coming clearer into focus.  What may not be clear, just yet, is the batting order that Aaron Boone will roll out next Thursday when the Yankees take the field against J.A. Happ and the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Today, Boone may have peeled back the curtain a bit into what exactly he might be planning.

In a few minutes, the Yankees will take the field against the Boston Red Sox in one of their final games of the 2018 Spring Training season (TV: YES, ESPN).  You may have noticed already, but Boone is batting 2017 American League MVP Runner-Up and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot today versus Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Yankees vs. Red Sox today at 1:05pm on @YESNetwork and ESPN pic.twitter.com/oOJIADjqcH — Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 23, 2018

Said Yankee manager Aaron Boone on if this would be a recurring theme throughout the season?: “I have thought about it…

Update On Hiroki Kuroda

It feels like such a long time ago when Hiroki Kuroda pitched in pinstripes, but it was only last year.

As we know, Kuroda went back to Japan to pitch for the Hiroshima Carp and is actually doing pretty well. Kuroda is currently, through 14 starts, 6-4 with a 2.68 ERA through 94 innings. He’s not striking out many (62 Ks, 5.9 SO/9), but he’s not walking many either (19 BB, 1.8 BB/9). The Carp are currently 39-43 and in 5th out of six teams, but only two games out of first with the first place teams sitting at .500. It’s hard to imagine where the Yankees would be right now if Kuroda was pitching at this caliber in pinstripes, but considering Kuroda never had an ERA under 3.07 while pitching in the United States it doesn’t seem likely. Overall I enjoyed Kuroda’s time with the Yankees and I’m glad to see him still doing good at 40 years old.

Article by: Julian Bussells
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