Orioles have early lead over Royals in Game 3 of ALCS

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The Orioles are off to a good start as they look to avoid going down 3-0 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Steve Pearce hit a one-out double to left-center in the top of the second and then J.J. Hardy followed with a double of his own, plating the only run of the game thus far.

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen looks sharp, having faced just one batter over the minimum through three scoreless innings. It’s 1-0 for the visiting O’s as Game 3 of the ALCS moves along to the bottom of the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie has already thrown 83 pitches through four. It’ll likely be an early bullpen night for the host team.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.