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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 bats come alive behind another Severino gem to knock off Cleveland

The Yankees came into this game hoping that Luis Severino could lead them to a second straight win to salvage a series tie going into the off day. The hot topic going into the game was the controversial benching of catcher Gary Sanchez by Joe Girardi who cited defensive issues as the reason for benching him. After a slow start and an early one run deficit, the Bronx Bombers were able to break open the game off a bases clearing triple from Jacoby Ellsbury during a five run sixth inning. Three more runs after that would be enough with another stellar outing from young ace Severino.

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The game didn’t start too promising for the Yankees, after a first inning home run by Michael Brantley. The offense continued to struggle not recording a hit until a fourth inning single by Didi Gregorius. However, Severino was able to keep the Yanks down just one run going into the sixth inning; they were able to get men on second and third with no outs after a Brett Gardner single and Clint Frazier double. It started to feel like the bats were due to break out, and that they did. After a sac fly by Chase Headley and a hard earned walk by Todd Frazier, much maligned Jacoby Ellsbury hit an off the wall double to put the Yankees up 4-1. Torreyes was able to add another run that inning off a left field single, and Yankees seemed to have put the game away early.

However, the scoring was not yet over, as the struggling Aaron Judge was able to hit a frozen rope to right field for a three run home run, putting New York up 8-1 heading into the seventh inning stretch. The outstanding pitching continued to the bullpen with Tommy Kahnle, Adam Warren, and Chasen Shreve combining for two and a third hitless innings to close out the victory.

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Severino was able to overcome the early home run to strike out five out of his first seven batters faced, and the young righty should be seriously discussed in the AL Cy Young conversation this year. In his five starts since the break, Sevy has only allowed three ER with 38 K in 32.2 IP. It seemed like the whole team broke out of their slump today, with only Austin Romine not recording a hit.

The Yankees get an off day as they travel to Toronto to face division rival Blue Jays in a three game series. CC Sabathia (9-4, 3.81 ERA) takes the mound to face off against J.A. Happ (4-8, 3.92 ERA) with first pitch at 7:07 PM ET on YES. The team will hope to gain some speed going into a crucial stretch of games where they face the Red Sox and Mets in back to back series.

Winning Pitcher: Luis Severino (9-5, 2.91 ERA) 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Losing Pitcher: Carlos Carrasco (10-5, 4.06 ERA) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Jacoby Ellsbury: 2-4, R, 3B, 3 RBI
Ronald Torreyes: 2-4, 1 RBI
Didi Gregorius: 3-5, R
Aaron Judge: 1-4, 2 R, HR (35), 3 RBI, BB
Clint Frazier: 1-4, 2 R, 2B, BB
Article by: Maxx Hotton