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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…

Pedroia leads the way as Red Sox beat Yankees 5-3

Luis Severino made his MLB debut against the Boston Red Sox on August 5th, 2015. A year and four days later, he made his redemption debut against the Red Sox.

Tonight’s 5-2 loss was Severino’s first start since coming back to the big-league rotation, after a few spotless bullpen appearances. The Yankees were hoping that his success in the bullpen, where he retired 25 of 29 batters faced, would translate to the rotation. The righty tossed 4.1 innings, allowing five earned runs and seven hits while punching out three.

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He didn’t have much help from a Yankees offense that scored just two runs. In the 1st, Chase Headley doubled off the wall to bring around Starlin Castro. Then in the second, Brian McCann singled to right, scoring Brett Gardner. Boston starter Rick Porcello pitched a fantastic game and limited the Yankees, giving up only seven hits and two runs in eight innings pitched.

In the 9th, Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was erratic, walking four runners before being taken out and replaced with Matt Barnes. Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI walk, making the score 5-3. The Yankees were unable to make the most of having the bases loaded twice, scoring just one run, as Mark Teixeira struck out for the final out.

AP Photo - Winslow Townson

After a scoreless first two innings, Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts collected singles off Severino, and Dustin Pedroia slugged a double to tie the game at two. Benintendi then socked a double, nearly a home run, which brought Sandy Leon. Pedroia hurt the Yanks again, doubling to right field bringing in Benintendi. David Ortiz kept it going in the 5th after a single that scored Pedroia.

Newly acquired reliever Tommy Layne made his Yankees debut tonight, pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless ball. Anthony Swarzak did well in his two innings of relief, allowing no runs.

Alex Rodriguez didn’t make an appearance tonight, with his final game looming. Brett Gardner had a good night at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a run scored.

Dustin Pedroia went 2 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI’s.

Article by: Phil Akre
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