Judge went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Thursday against the Blue Jays. Judge provided a needed insurance run with his home run in the seventh inning off right-hander Tyler Clippard. He has shown no signs of slowing down in his second full season at the major-league level producing a 1.110 OPS in 62 at-bats. He remains an elite fantasy asset.
Judge went 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, two RBI and two runs in the Yankees' 12-1 trouncing of the Marlins on Monday. Judge's second-inning homer was his 60th in 197 career games, surpassing Mark McGwire (202 games) as the fastest player in MLB history to reach that milestone. Though big offseason pickup Giancarlo Stanton (.210/.310/.435 line through 71 plate appearances) hasn't met expectations thus far, the early season performances of Judge and shortstop Didi Gregorius (five home runs) have continued to make the Yankees' heart of the order treacherous for opposing pitchers. In addition to supplying his usual pop, Judge has also reduced his strikeout rate from 30.7 to 23.9 percent, offering hope that last season's .284 average may be attainable once again.
Judge went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in New York's 5-2 loss to the Orioles on Thursday. It was the second straight game with a long ball for the towering slugger after he went the first five games of the season without one. He's now hitting .280 with a .419 on base percentage in 25 at-bats to begin the season.
Judge went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Rays. It was Judge's first homer of the season after leading the American League with 52 a year ago. He was one of three Yankees to hit a two-run bomb in Wednesday's win, joining fellow sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. The 25-year-old, who is hitting .286/.444/.476 through six games this season, has now collected three hits and all three of his RBI on the year in the previous two games.
Manager Aaron Boone said that Judge could see a little time in center field until Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) or Aaron Hicks (ribs) return from the disabled list, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. With Hicks landing on the 10-day DL prior to Friday's game, the Yankees now have three outfielders on the shelf, including Clint Frazier (concussion). Considering Ellsbury may return Thursday, Judge may only see action in center once or twice, if it happens at all. Expect to see Brett Gardner manning the position for a majority of the next week.
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