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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…

Yankees Drop Game 3 vs Rangers 5-2

The Yankees were looking for their 5th win in a row trying to keep their offense as hot as it has been. Masahiro Tanaka started on the bump for the Yankees facing off against the Rangers Colby Lewis.

The Yankees scored first in the top of the 2nd when Carlos Beltran led the inning off with a solo home run putting the Yankees up 1-0. After getting 2 straight outs, the Yankees got 3 straight singles by Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew, and Jacoby Ellsbury to score another run and make the game 2-0.

Adrian Beltre led the bottom of the inning off with a single, followed by a Mitch Moreland walk. Then Josh Hamilton singled to score Beltre and bring the Rangers within 1. Shin-Soo Choo singled to score Moreland and tie the game up at 2. Then Delino Deshields singled for the Rangers fourth hit of the innings to score Hamilton and take the lead 3-2.

Neither team scored again until the bottom of the 5th when the Rangers extended their lead. Adrian Beltre led off with a single, immediately followed by a Moreland single, moving Beltre to 3rd. Josh Hamilton grounded into a double play, and Beltre scored on the play making the game 4-2.

Chosen Shreve came in to pitch for Tanaka to start the bottom of the 7th. Tanaka finished with 6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Shreve only threw 2 batters getting 1 out and allowing a walk. Caleb Cotham came in to replace him. Beltre then reached on an error by Gregorius putting runners on 1st and 2nd. Then Josh Hamilton singled to score Prince Fielder and make the game 5-2.

Cotham would pitch the rest of the game, 1.2 innings, and shut down the Rangers. He only allowed 2 hits and struck out 4. The Yankees would lose 5-2 and look to take game 4 and win the series on Thursday.

Article By: Greg Wilson
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