Clay Buchholz will not return Tuesday

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Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is unlikely to come off of the disabled list to start on Tuesday as he felt tightness in his trapezius muscle after throwing from flat ground, reports Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. The right-hander suffered the injury during his start against the Angels on June 8. CSN New England’s Sean McAdam says Buchholz will now need a rehab stint to get back in shape before being activated.

Buchholz is a perfect 9-0 with an MLB-best 1.71 ERA in 12 starts. In his absence, Alfredo Aceves has made two spot starts, allowing two runs over 11 innings. Allen Webster, back in the Majors for a third time this year, also makes a spot start tonight against the Tigers.

 

Aaron Judge was involved in a weird play in the fourth inning

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge found himself front-and-center in a weird play in the bottom of the fourth inning during Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday evening. Judge drew a walk to lead off the frame. After Didi Gregorius lined out, Gary Sanchez flied out to shallow right-center.

Judge must have thought the ball had a high probability of falling in for a hit, so he was past the second base bag around the time he realized his mistake. He retraced his steps, running back to first base. Reddick’s throw hopped a couple of times but first base umpire Jerry Meals called Judge out on the tag-up play.

Manager Joe Girardi requested a review and the call was overturned: Judge was safe. However, Astros manager A.J. Hinch wanted to challenge that Judge did not re-touch second base on his way back. Rather than issuing a formal challenge, the Astros had to appeal the play by having starter Lance McCullers throw to second base, at which point second base umpire Jim Reynolds would issue a ruling. McCullers was a bit hasty, though, and made his appeal throw before Greg Bird stepped into the batter’s box. Reynolds told McCullers that he had to wait. So, McCullers again made his appeal throw.

This time, Judge was running and he was simply tagged out at second base for the final out of the inning. No need for a review.

As Ken Rosenthal explained on the FS1 broadcast, the Yankees were trying to “beat the police.” They knew Judge would have been ruled out — replays clearly showed he never re-touched the base — so they had nothing to lose by sending Judge. If he was safe, the Astros would no longer be able to appeal the play. If he’s out, then it’s the same outcome they would have had anyway.