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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 to call up Domingo German for spot start on Sunday

The Yankees will reportedly call up RHP Domingo German to start Sunday in the final game of the current series against the Orioles. Masahiro Tanaka was originally scheduled to start, but due to his recent struggles, he was pushed back a day in order to gain an extra day of rest, and to face a much weaker Angels lineup (especially with Mike Trout on the DL with a thumb injury). German, 24, is 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA in 26.1 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, along with 27 strikeouts.

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The Yankees acquired German in December of 2014, along with Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones, when they sent Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Marlins. He missed all of 2015 with Tommy John surgery, but came back in 2016 with the Yankees’ low and high A minor league teams, where he pitched a combined 49.2 innings with a 3.08 ERA. He was promoted to Trenton at the beginning of this season, and was quickly elevated to Scranton soon after. 

The Yankees will most likely send German back down to Scranton after the start on Sunday. German's current status on the 40-man roster makes him the most attractive option to make this start, since the Yankees can simply use his option when demoting him to the minors. Luis Cessa pitched six innings on Friday, while Chad Green would have only been able to give the Yankees about 60 pitches or so due to his extended time in the bullpen. Many Yankees fans probably are disappointed not to see Chance Adams get the call, but the young phenom is not on the 40-man roster so another move would have been required, further complicating matters for the Bombers.

Article by: Alex Weir
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