Game 7: No Judge in Return to Trop

The Yankees make their return to Tropicana Field today at 3 PM and as you can see above, they’ll do so without Aaron Judge. The right fielder will miss another game out of caution’s sake, as manager Aaron Boone noted. This is probably smart given how early in the season it is; there’s no reason for Judge to push himself.

Before this turns into a Judge-only post, let’s get to the players who are in today’s lineup:

Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Yoshi Tsutsugo, DH
  2. Austin Meadows, LF
  3. Randy Arozarena, RF
  4. Brandon Lowe, 2B
  5. Yandy Díaz, 1B
  6. Joey Wendle, 3B
  7. Willy Adames, SS
  8. Brett Phillips, CF
  9. Mike Zunino, C

LHP Rich Hill

New York Yankees

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Gleyber Torres, SS
  5. Jay Bruce, 1B
  6. Gary Sánchez, C
  7. Clint Frazier, RF
  8. Mike Tauchman, LF
  9. Tyler Wade, 2B

RHP Corey Kluber

Mike Tauchman gets the start in place of Judge today–though in LF–his first of the year. So, once again, the Yankees will be trotting out a new lineup they haven’t yet.

On the mound today are Corey Kluber for the Yankees and Rich Hill for the Rays. Kluber will be looking to build off a strong first start with the Yankees, whereas Hill will be looking to bounce back after allowing four runs in four innings in his Rays’ debut.

At the plate, I’ll be watching to see if the Yankees attack Hill’s relatively low-velocity fastballs when he throws them. On the mound, I’m watching for how Kluber deploys his curveball and changeup against a mixed R/L lineup.

Stay here for your in-game chatting and check back later for postgame takeaways.

Let’s go Yankees!


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  1. chip56

    Judge needs to be traded.
    There’s no good reason for Stanton to not be in RF with Judge out. The notion that somehow Stanton is more fragile than Judge is a false narrative.

  2. Mungo

    The Yankees have been less-than-honest about what’s happening with Judge going back to the end of Spring Training. He missed the last three games because of what had been reported as a cold, as well as “difficult” seasonal allergies, and I believe I even heard due to Covid protocols/contact tracing. Meaning he wasn’t sick, but he might have been in contact with someone who might have been in contact with someone. Very deceptive answers. Then on Opening Day he didn’t track a fly ball well, another game he was running gingerly to catch (and miss” a ball near the foul line, and I can think of two instances where he didn’t seem to be running at full speed on the bases. Then he was rested Wednesday, but available if needed, but later we found out he wasn’t available when he clearly was needed. He was supposed to be back today, but, nope, he’s out again today because his side is still sore, yet he was taking batting and fielding practice. When asked if Judge was injured, Boone responded cryptically “that’s a good question.”

    Remember, Boone was touted for his great communication skills, and someone who could work well with the media. Girardi was much better at this. He could be evasive, but Boone is outright lying to the media. I have no idea what they don’t call him out on it.

    I won’t be surprised if Judge plays Saturday, but I also won’t be shocked if he misses the entire series, and then after a week of sitting to play “the long game,” they then decide to IL him for a couple games, and then he doesn’t return for two months.

    I’m less frustrated here by Judge’s injuries than I am by Boone being outright dishonest. He doesn’t owe us full transparency, but he doesn’t have to lie either.

  3. dasit

    every year like clockwork

    “see where we are” = “we need time to come up with better lies”

    see you in august, aaron

  4. Gerreddardit Cole

    He’s out for the year, Matt. This happens every season and for the life of me I dont know why people think this will be any different. Boone is going to mislead, lie, avoid answering the media and Judge will be out a couple days then a couple weeks then a couple months and nothing ever happens to the training/medical staff. Rinse repeat. We won’t do anything in Tampa. We’ll be lucky to get 1 W in that house of horrors.

  5. Brian M

    Breaking News: Aaron Judge has broken spine. Aaron Boone says he should be good to go in 2-3 days.

    • Wire Fan

      Yankees deploying two LFs is a bold strategy Cotton, let’s see if it pays off.

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