Aaron Judge DHing for Yankees as home run chase continues

TORONTO — Invoice Belichick would approve of the Yankees’ dealing with of Aaron Choose: no days off.

An evening after clinching the AL East, Choose was proper again within the beginning lineup Wednesday towards the Blue Jays — albeit at designated hitter as a substitute of the outfield — his forty ninth straight begin as he continued his pursuit of tying Roger Maris’ American League and franchise report 61 residence runs.

Choose had mentioned on Sunday evening that he was going to maintain enjoying till the Yankees clinched the division, which they did on Tuesday with a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

A time off on Wednesday may have made sense, since supervisor Aaron Boone has tended to present Choose a time off on both facet of a staff time off – which the Yankees have on Thursday – to present him further relaxation earlier than getting again to chasing historical past on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Choose’s final off day got here on Aug. 3 towards the Mariners. Wednesday marked his 147th begin within the Yankees’ one hundred and fifty fifth sport of the season.

Aaron Judge after scoring a run against the Blue Jays on Sept. 27, 2022.
Aaron Choose after scoring a run towards the Blue Jays on Sept. 27, 2022.

Aaron Judge celebrates the Yankees winning the AL East on Sept. 27, 2022.
Aaron Choose celebrates the Yankees successful the AL East on Sept. 27, 2022.

Whereas the Yankees determine to present their starters some relaxation over the ultimate eight video games of the season, now that they’re all however locked into the No. 2 seed within the American League, Choose often is the exception – a minimum of for now.

After hitting his sixtieth residence run final Tuesday, Choose had not homered in 31 straight plate appearances (spanning seven video games), his second-longest “drought” of the season. He has nonetheless been productive on the plate, going 5-for-19 with 12 walks – 4 of which got here in Tuesday’s clincher.

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