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01.11.2018 03:23
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NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge’s wrist got a big hand.The reigning AL Rookie of the Year returned to right field for the first time since his right wrist was broken seven weeks ago , and the crowd of 40,138 at Yankee Stadium greeted him with a pair of standing ovations before the eighth inning of New York’s 11-0 romp over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.“Pretty crazy,” Judge said.Masahiro Tanaka (12-5), bidding to start a likely wild-card game against Oakland, extended his scoreless streak to 20 innings and won his third straight start.Judge did not have a chance in his two innings, and he is limited to defense and baserunning for now . Manager Aaron Boone said Judge could return as a fulltime player during this final homestand, which ends Sept. 23.“I was nervous out there just standing in the outfield,” Judge said. “Just getting those jitters out of the way now, it’s good. So when I get that first at-bat, it’ll be like I never left.”Judge had not played since July 26, when he was hit by a pitch from Kansas City’s Jakob Junis . Judge said the wrist still has pain and won’t heal fully until the offseason.Judge high-fived a member of the grounds crew as fans applauded when he ran onto the field and was given another ovation a minute later when he was introduced by public address announcer Paul Olden. Judge ran to the base of the right-field wall after his warmup tosses — just in front of the Judge’s Chambers. He handed the ball to a woman in the first row who passed it to a widely smiling girl next to her.“You could feel the buzz there,” Boone said.Before the ninth, Judge tossed his warmup ball into the upper deck. New York originally projected he would sidelined by the injury for three weeks Nellie Fox Jersey , but pain lingered and he missed 45 games.The tall, gregarious sophomore likely will have a simulated game next week before he bats in a real one.“In the dugout, just having him there and his presence being there, is felt throughout the whole team,” Andrew McCutchen said, McCutchen hit his third home run since the Yankees acquired him from San Francisco on Aug. 31 for outfield depth, a move that allowed Giancarlo Stanton to be mostly a designated hitter. McCutchen doubled leading off the first and scored New York’s first run and also singled and walked twice. To make room for Judge, McCutchen shifted to left for the first time since 2009 at Triple-A.“I finally got to watch him and Stanton take batting practice, and I saw some pretty impressive stuff,” McCutchen said. “I know the people who have been here all year, to them it’s probably normal. It’s not normal.”New York improved to 13-4 against Toronto this season and remained 1½ games ahead of the Athletics for home field in the wild-card game on Oct. 3. Dominating with a sharp splitter, Tanaka struck out eight in six innings and allowed four hits . Luis Severino and J.A. Happ also are possible starters against the A’a.“How they’re pitching in the final two weeks certainly matters,” Boone said. “We also take into account who we’re playing , where we’re playing.”Luke Voit hit a two-run double that capped a five-run first inning against Marco Estrada (7-12), who tied a career worst by allowing eight runs and lasted just 2 2/3 innings. Didi Gregorius added his 24th homer , one shy of his career high.Toronto lost its fourth straight game and at 65-82 ensured consecutive losing seasons for first time since 2012-13.“We’re in a rebuild mode now, so you’re going to take your lumps,” manager John Gibbons said.FINISHING Luis Cessa got his second big league save . It was New York’s largest shutout win margin since a 15-0 victory over the Mets on June 14, 2009.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini was activated from the 10-day DL after recovering from a strained left oblique that had sidelined him since Aug. 31 and pitched a one-hit seventh. Toronto also reinstated C Russell Martin from paternity leave.Yankees: Injured closer Aroldis Chapman is to throw another bullpen session Saturday, a simulated game on Monday and then could be activated in the middle of next week, Chapman has not pitched in a game since Aug. 21 because of left knee tendinitis.UP NEXTLHP CC Sabathia (7-6, 3.54) starts for New York on Saturday and RHP Sean Reid-Foley (1-3, 6.86) for Toronto. Sabathia has pitched 139 2/3 innings and likely has four starts left. He would get a $500,000 bonus for 155 innings and another $500,000 in the unlikely event he reaches 165. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to an infusion of young talent Luke Appling Jersey , the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a slow start to win 90 games and spawn lofty expectations for next season.What was supposed to a rebuilding year for the Rays, who trimmed payroll in the winter and purged the roster again, might have been even more special if not for the success of AL East rivals Boston and New York.The Red Sox repeated as division champion with 108 victories and the Yankees won 100 to earn AL’s top wild-card berth.The Rays finished 18 games behind Boston and 10 behind New York, but weren’t eliminated from post-season contention until Sept. 24.“I hope we don’t have two 100-win teams in our division next year,” manager Kevin Cash said. “But if we do, we’re one of them.”First-time All-Star Blake Snell led the major leagues with 21 wins and an AL-leading 1.89 ERA, rookie Joey Wendle played solid defense while hitting .300 in 139 games, and C.J. Cron had 30 homers and 74 RBIs after being acquired during a trade in spring training.“As an organization there was some amount of satisfaction that came with the work that we’ve been doing the last several years to prepare a young group coming through our minor leagues … and to see that finally hit our major league team,” general manager Erik Neander said.“When we look back at this year, hopefully it will be seen as the year that started off a run of many competitive, playoff achieving seasons,” Neander added, “and hopefully , a championship in there at some point.”The Rays lost 12 of 15 to begin the season, digging themselves into a hole few people felt they were capable of escaping after a winter that saw them trade Evan Longoria, Steven Souza Jr., Corey Dickerson and Jake Odorizzi and lose starting pitcher Alex Cobb to free agency.They trimmed salary again in July, unloading pitchers Chris Archer, Nathan Eovaldi and Alex Colome, as well as All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos and Denard Span to make way for the youth movement that keyed a second-half surge.The Rays went 41-25 after the All-Star break, including 19-9 in September. They were 9-1-2 over their last 12 series.“Coming out of spring training we didn’t know what kind of club we were going to have on the field as far as wins and losses,” Cash said, “but we knew we had a good group of guys, a good core group of guys and a lot to look forward to … with some of younger players getting opportunities.”One of the keys to overcoming the slow start was creative use of the bullpen that included the introduction of “openers” — relievers who started games and generally faced from three to nine batters.A “bullpen day” starter, by comparison, usually pitched deeper into games though normally no more than twice through an opposing team’s lineup.Prior to the debut of the “opener” on May 19 , the Rays ranked 22nd in the majors in ERA. From that day forward, they were third-best behind the Dodgers and Astros.“I think any time you’re trying something a little bit different, you don’t know how it’s going to be perceived and how it will work out,” senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said. “You know you’re going to learn along the way, and we did learn. Overall, we were very pleased with how it went.”Some things to know about the Rays:DOMINANT SNELLSnell had 27 starts in which he allowed two or fewer runs, most by an AL pitcher since Wilbur Wood had 27 for the White Sox in 1972. The last two AL pitchers to win at least 21 games and a sub-2.00 ERA were Roger Clemens for the Red Sox in 1990 and Ron Guidry for the Yankees in 1978.RARE COMPANYThe Rays, who made the playoffs four times in six seasons from 2008-2013, have won at least 90 games six times over the last 11 seasons. The Red Sox (seven) and Dodgers (seven) and Yankees (six) are the only teams with as many or more during that stretch.NOT SATISFIEDCash called finishing with a winning record an “accomplishment,” but noted the standard for the organization is much higher.“We’re not going to settle for just the feel good story … but you’ve got to be proud of what’s taken place to this point, and we are,” the manager said.

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