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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…

Mitchell hammered as Yankees drop second straight game

Bryan Mitchell, coming off an impressive season debut on Wednesday, got rocked by the Dodgers on Monday night, as the Yankees dropped the series opener 8-2 for the second consecutive defeat. The back-to-back defeats are a huge stumbling block to the Yankees’ playoff hopes, as they need to finish roughly 13-6 the rest of the season to have a realistic shot at the second wild card.

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Mitchell shut down the Blue Jays five days ago, only scattering four hits over five shutout innings, giving him his first win of the season. Tonight, however, he didn’t have the same luck. In just two and a third innings, he was tagged for eight hits and six runs, although only two of those runs were earned. His pitches were staying up, and every batter was making solid contact. He left the offense with a deficit they were not able to overcome. This start will leave Joe Girardi with a tough decision as to who he wants to pitch in his spot the next time around, especially if the playoff race tightens.
The Yankees offense didn’t have a night to remember offensively, either. They were able to only muster five hits, including two home runs that accounted for both of the Bomber runs. In the second inning, Starlin Castro sent a ball into the second deck in left field, putting the Yankees on the board. Three innings later, Aaron Judge absolutely launched a 436-foot blast, showing off his power that made him such a highly touted prospect. After two straight games where the offense wasn’t especially productive, New York will look to rebound tomorrow.

Tomorrow, the Yankees will try to even the series against the Dodgers. The Bombers will send out CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.27 ERA) against the Dodgers’ Julio Urias (5-2, 3.69 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET.

Article by: Dan DeGregorio
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