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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 offense continues to struggle as they lose 3-2

The Yankees came off a very disappointing 7-1 loss to the Mariners last night. Luis Severino was unable to keep the Mariners offense in check, and Nathan Karns rebounded from an early home run by Brett Gardner to pitch an excellent outing. CC Sabathia took the hill today for New York, while perennial ace Felix Hernandez started for the Mariners. The Yankees have been in an offensive funk lately and haven’t hit well with runners in scoring position. It was the utmost importance they do so today against King Felix and take advantage of the few opportunities they would be given to score runs.

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Saturday, 4/16: Seattle Mariners 3 @ New York Yankees 2
1st Inning
CC Sabathia set the Mariners down in order. Carlos Beltran came up with runners on first and second but struck out swinging. (0-0)
2nd Inning
Sabathia didn’t have much trouble, but Felix Hernandez did. The Yankees loaded the bases against him, but Brett Gardner flied out to center to end the inning. (0-0)
3rd Inning
Sabathia continued his strong start by not having trouble with Seattle. Carlos Beltran’s RBI double put the Yankees on the board. His double to left center caught the shift off guard and Mark Teixeira scored all the way from first. (Yankees 1-0)
4th Inning
Sabathia worked around a leadoff double by Nelson Cruz without issue. A-Rod came up with runners on the corners but continues to struggle as he grounds out. (Yankees 1-0)
5th Inning
Leonys Martin quickly tied the game with a deep home run to right. Then, Robinson Cano’s single to Jacoby Ellsbury scored Ketel Marte all the way from first as he stole second and then sped around the bases. Nelson Cruz followed with a RBI double to score Cano and Sabathia’s day was over. Johnny Barbato came in and ended the inning. Didi Gregorius came up with runners on first and third but struck out to end the inning. (Mariners 3-1)
6th Inning
Barbato set the Mariners down in order. Vidal Nuno came in and Austin Romine led off with a double but the Yankees couldn’t do anything. (Mariners 3-1)
7th Inning
Chasen Shreve worked around two runners without issue. Carlos Beltran made it a 3-2 game with a line drive home run to right center. (Mariners 3-2)
8th Inning
Dellin Betances came in and struck out the side. Joaquin Benoit came in for the Mariners are worked through the 8th without issue. (Mariners 3-2)
9th Inning
Andrew Miller entered in the 9th and struck out the side. In the bottom half, the Yankees put runners on second and third with two out and Chase Headley at the plate. Headley continued to struggle with RISP as he grounded out to first, and the Yankees lost 3-2.
Next Game: Sunday, 4/17 - Mariners (Iwakuma) vs. Yankees (Tanaka)

Article by: Bryan Peng
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  1. Allowing Marte to score from first on a routine grounder was simply unforgivable. And it cost them the game. Ellsbury has been a total bust.


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