TAMPA, Fla. – Aaron Judge delivered the perfect answer to Blue Jay's attempt by a four-man outfield: hit the ball into the parking lot.
The judge smashed his Major League-leading sixth home race in the spring on Saturday afternoon, a titanic solo shot to the left in the first inning
The referee broke his Major League-leading sixth home race in the spring on Saturday afternoon, a titanic solo shot to the left in the first inning off Toronto leftist Thomas Pannone.
Yankees slugger has homered in back-to-back games and in three of his last four. The judge has been working on his two-strike strategy to a large extent in the spring, reducing his leg kicks and battles to put the ball into play more often.
It seems to work, but the same cannot be said for Toronto's defensive concept. With judges on the plate, Blue Jay's third baseman utilized Eric Sogard to play a true outfield position, but it didn't matter when Pannone's offer landed on the player's parking lot.
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Toronto also tried the quartet outfield later in the first inning with Greg Bird. It made its debut last week when Blue Jay's manager Charlie Montoyo deployed it against Phillies Bryce Harper.
Judge, 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner and the season's runner in the AL chance for most valuable players, batted .278 / .392 / .528 with 27 home runs and 67 RBI in 112 matches last season.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and facebook.