Judge hurts oblique, likely to injured list; Yankees top KC

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge took a swing, winced and then labored to make it all the way to first base.

Quickly, the crowd at Yankee Stadium went silent, realizing this was a most costly hit.

Judge hurt his left oblique and was expected to go on the injured list as the already banged-up New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Saturday.

The All-Star slugger homered early but injured himself in the sixth inning while hitting a single. He was taken for an MRI and further tests.

Manager Aaron Boone said he didn't know the severity of the setback. But when asked if Judge could possibly avoid going on the injured list, Boone said, ''Probably not.''

The team later said it expected to promote infielder Thairo Estrada from Triple-A to take Judge's spot on the roster Sunday.

The Yankees began the game with 12 players on the injured list, including Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks. Of those missing, only Sanchez appears close to returning.

''You never want to see that and you know he doesn't come out of games like that,'' Stanton said. ''We'll just wait and see what we got.''

Judge hurt himself on the swing and gingerly made his way down the line. Trainer Steve Donahue immediately came from the dugout to check on Judge, who then left.

Judge has five home runs and is batting .288 with 11 RBIs. The right fielder has played in every game this season.

''It's Aaron Judge. He's one of the great players in the game,'' Boone said. ''Such a key figure to our club, not only between the lines, obviously, but what he means to us in the room. He'll be part of continuing to lead forward. This is not a time where we're going to feel sorry for ourselves.''

It was the second straight season Judge was hurt playing against Kansas City. Last July, he sustained a broken right wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Jakob Junis and missed nearly two months.

It also was the second time Judge injured his oblique on a swing. In a 2016 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in mid-September, he suffered a Grade 2 right oblique strain and missed the rest of that season.

The Yankees hit four home runs in this win as they reached .500 for the first time since they were 5-5.

Judge connected in the first, Clint Frazier had a solo drive in the second and Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth.

Boone was ejected for the first time this season in the third after an apparent three-run homer by Gleyber Torres was overturned by fan interference and ruled an out.

Torres hit a flyball to left and a fan in the first row reached over and tried to make a barehanded catch as Gold Glove outfielder Alex Gordon attempted to make a leaping catch.

The Royals challenged the call and following a lengthy review to overturn it, Boone raced out of the dugout and was ejected by second base umpire Jerry Meals following a demonstrative display. After being tossed for the fifth time as a manager, Boone briefly argued with first base umpire Ron Kulpa before heading off the field.

Judge and Frazier hit their fifth homers of the season in the opening two innings off Heath Fillmyer (0-1) as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.

Tauchman made it 5-0 with a three-run homer that easily cleared the right-center field fence. After Tauchman homered for the second straight game, LeMahieu hit his first of the season.

Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) pitched seven innings of one-run ball. He took a shutout into the sixth before allowing a homer to Whit Merrifield to start the inning.

Chris Owings homered in the ninth for Kansas City.

Fillmyer allowed six runs in four innings.

''If a pitch is up - you make a little bit of a mistake - it doesn't take too much to get burned on it,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

GONZALEZ OPTS OUT

LHP Gio Gonzalez opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees, who have 48 hours to release him or add him to the major league roster. Gonzalez signed the deal with the Yankees in March that contained $3 million in base salary if he got added to the 40-man roster and a chance to get $9 million in performance bonuses by getting $300,000 per start.

Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts covering 15 innings at Triple-A. He has 19 strikeouts and six walks. He was supposed to pitch Friday but the game was rained out.

LEMAHIEU SOUVENIR

LeMahieu hit his first homer since signing with the Yankees and received the ball from the fan who caught it. After the game, he met 11-year-old David Vallante and his father, who traveled from Rhode Island, exchanged two signed baseballs along with a bat and posed for pictures.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder impingement syndrome) is scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday night for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Before the game, GM Dayton Moore told reporters Duffy could return soon if his rehab start goes well. Duffy has been on the 10-day injured list all season and did not pitch in spring training.

Yankees: Sanchez (left calf strain) will play in a minor league rehab game Monday. The Yankees have not determined where the game will take place. If Sanchez gets through the rehab game without any issues, Boone said the catcher will fly to Anaheim on Tuesday and be activated Wednesday. . 3B Miguel Andujar (labrum tear in right shoulder) will head to the minor league facility in Tampa, Florida, on Monday.

UP NEXT

LHP James Paxton starts Sunday afternoon for the Yankees. Paxton struck out 12 in eight innings Tuesday against Boston. RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 4.30 ERA) starts for Kansas City. Lopez struck out a career-high 10 hitters but allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

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KC7-14
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NYY10-10
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  • W: M. Tanaka (2-1)L: H. Fillmyer (0-1)
  • HR: KC - C. Owings (2), W. Merrifield (3), NYY - D. LeMahieu (1), C. Frazier (5), A. Judge (5), M. Tauchman (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B41111011.292.319.483.8025.5
A. Mondesi SS30000121.259.292.494.7860.0
A. Gordon LF40000002.311.398.541.9380.0
H. Dozier 3B10100200.292.397.585.9824.0
C. Owings 3B11111000.194.260.358.6186.0
R. O'Hearn 1B40000014.175.329.351.679-0.5
J. Soler RF30000110.228.291.481.7720.5
L. Duda DH40200000.211.340.395.7352.0
C. Gallagher C40000023.111.111.111.222-1.0
B. Hamilton CF30100010.236.328.273.6012.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B41111102.309.364.426.7907.0
    A. Judge RF41211001.288.404.521.9257.0
    T. Wade PR-RF11000011.227.292.227.5190.5
    L. Voit 1B50100032.225.353.423.775-0.5
    G. Torres SS50110012.256.298.462.7591.5
    C. Frazier LF51321002.351.371.6491.02010.0
    M. Ford DH31000213.000.333.000.3332.5
    G. Urshela 3B41300001.321.406.464.8715.0
    A. Romine C41210003.233.258.367.6255.0
    M. Tauchman CF32131112.207.303.621.9249.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Dozier (4)
      • 3B - B. Hamilton
      • HR - W. Merrifield (3), C. Owings (2)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (10), C. Owings (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon, R. O'Hearn 3 (3), C. Gallagher 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Frazier (2), G. Urshela (4), A. Romine
      • HR - D. LeMahieu, A. Judge (5), C. Frazier (5), M. Tauchman (3)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (10), A. Judge (11), G. Torres (8), C. Frazier 2 (14), A. Romine (4), M. Tauchman 3 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Torres (4), C. Frazier (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Wade, C. Frazier 2 (2), M. Ford 3 (3), A. Romine 2 (2), M. Tauchman
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Torres-Urshela-Voit; Torres-LeMahieu-Voit)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Fillmyer (L, 0-1)4.076623410.501.92-6.5
      G. Sparkman3.06332208.102.25-1.0
      J. Newberry1.01000203.601.003.0
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Fillmyer (L, 0-1)4.0
      G. Sparkman3.0
      J. Newberry1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 2-1)7.04113712.761.2326.5
      J. Holder2.02111116.551.452.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 2-1)7.0
      J. Holder2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 83-50, G. Sparkman 74-42, J. Newberry 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 3-6, G. Sparkman 3-4
      • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 21, G. Sparkman 17, J. Newberry 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 94-59, J. Holder 38-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 7-5, J. Holder 3-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 26, J. Holder 9
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      KC7-14
      000001001260
      NYY10-10
      11040210X9140
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B41111011.292.319.483.8025.5
      A. Mondesi SS30000121.259.292.494.7860.0
      A. Gordon LF40000002.311.398.541.9380.0
      H. Dozier 3B10100200.292.397.585.9824.0
      C. Owings 3B11111000.194.260.358.6186.0
      R. O'Hearn 1B40000014.175.329.351.679-0.5
      J. Soler RF30000110.228.291.481.7720.5
      L. Duda DH40200000.211.340.395.7352.0
      C. Gallagher C40000023.111.111.111.222-1.0
      B. Hamilton CF30100010.236.328.273.6012.5
      Total3126224811-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. LeMahieu 2B41111102.309.364.426.7907.0
        A. Judge RF41211001.288.404.521.9257.0
        T. Wade PR-RF11000011.227.292.227.5190.5
        L. Voit 1B50100032.225.353.423.775-0.5
        G. Torres SS50110012.256.298.462.7591.5
        C. Frazier LF51321002.351.371.6491.02010.0
        M. Ford DH31000213.000.333.000.3332.5
        G. Urshela 3B41300001.321.406.464.8715.0
        A. Romine C41210003.233.258.367.6255.0
        M. Tauchman CF32131112.207.303.621.9249.5
        Total38914944719-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Dozier (4)
          • 3B - B. Hamilton
          • HR - W. Merrifield (3), C. Owings (2)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (10), C. Owings (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon, R. O'Hearn 3 (3), C. Gallagher 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Frazier (2), G. Urshela (4), A. Romine
          • HR - D. LeMahieu, A. Judge (5), C. Frazier (5), M. Tauchman (3)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu (10), A. Judge (11), G. Torres (8), C. Frazier 2 (14), A. Romine (4), M. Tauchman 3 (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Torres (4), C. Frazier (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Wade, C. Frazier 2 (2), M. Ford 3 (3), A. Romine 2 (2), M. Tauchman
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Torres-Urshela-Voit; Torres-LeMahieu-Voit)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Fillmyer (L, 0-1)4.076623410.501.92-6.5
          G. Sparkman3.06332208.102.25-1.0
          J. Newberry1.01000203.601.003.0
          Total8.01499474---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Fillmyer (L, 0-1)4.0
          G. Sparkman3.0
          J. Newberry1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (W, 2-1)7.04113712.761.2326.5
          J. Holder2.02111116.551.452.5
          Total9.0622482---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (W, 2-1)7.0
          J. Holder2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 83-50, G. Sparkman 74-42, J. Newberry 16-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 3-6, G. Sparkman 3-4
          • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 21, G. Sparkman 17, J. Newberry 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 94-59, J. Holder 38-23
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 7-5, J. Holder 3-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 26, J. Holder 9
          • 9TH INNING
            Owings homered to right29
          • 7TH INNING
            Romine singled to center, Urshela scored19
          • 6TH INNING
            Frazier singled to center, Wade scored, Torres to second18
            Torres singled to left, Tauchman scored, Wade to second17
            Merrifield homered to right center16
          • 4TH INNING
            LeMahieu homered to right center06
            Tauchman homered to right center, Ford and Romine scored05
          • 2ND INNING
            Frazier homered to right center02
          • 1ST INNING
            Judge homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Holder Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon lined out to center
            • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Owings homered to right
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda singled to deep right, Soler to third
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallagher struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jonathan Holder relieved Masahiro Tanaka
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Hamilton grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Merrifield lined out to right
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Newberry relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • Chris Owings at third base
            • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • C. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier doubled to deep left
            • M. Ford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ford flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler popped out to shortstop
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Duda fouled out to third
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Gallagher popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Urshela doubled to deep left
            • A. Romine: Romine singled to center, Urshela scored
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tauchman struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to right
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wade struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield homered to right center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
            • H. Dozier: Dozier doubled to deep left
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tauchman walked
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu lined out to center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Judge singled to deep right, Tauchman to third
            • Tyler Wade ran for Aaron Judge
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Voit flied out to shallow right
            • G. Torres: Torres singled to left, Tauchman scored, Wade to second
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to center, Wade scored, Torres to second
            • M. Ford: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ford flied out to shallow center
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda singled to right
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher grounded out to second, Duda out at second
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Glenn Sparkman relieved Heath Fillmyer
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Torres grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
            • M. Ford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ford walked
            • G. Urshela: Urshela singled to left, Ford to second
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Romine grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Urshela out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn grounded out to third, Dozier out at second
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler grounded out to third, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, In play
            • Foul
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • M. Ford: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ford walked
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Urshela popped out to catcher
            • A. Romine: Romine doubled to deep left, Ford to third
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tauchman homered to right center, Ford and Romine scored
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu homered to right center
            • A. Judge: Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Voit: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hamilton tripled to deep right
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Merrifield struck out on foul tip
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
            • A. Judge: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Judge flied out to right
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Voit singled to left, LeMahieu to second
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Torres flied out to deep left
            • C. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier popped out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Soler struck out on foul tip
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda lined out to center
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Frazier homered to right center
            • M. Ford: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ford struck out looking
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Urshela singled to center
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Romine grounded out to third, Urshela to second
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tauchman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield flied out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi walked
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded bunt out to pitcher, Mondesi to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu popped out to second
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Judge homered to right
            • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Torres flied out to center
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)