Troy Tulowitzki says he will not demand the Rockies to trade him

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We heard earlier this week that Troy Tulowitzki was set to have a meeting with his agent about whether to ask Rockies management for a trade. Per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Tulowitzki said today that he doesn’t plan on forcing his way out of Colorado. Watch the video below:

Tulowitzki might very well want out, but he’s saying the right things here. Remember, the Rockies go into tonight’s game against the Dodgers on an 11-game losing streak. This situation is bad enough already, so floating a trade wouldn’t put him in the most positive light. It’s better to just squash this story and put the possibility on the backburner regardless of what he really thinks. Still, it feels like something has to give here soon and a trade would be the best thing for all involved. Teams aren’t really in trade mode yet, but things should pick up as we get into June and July.

Tulowitzki went into this season with six years and $118 million remaining on his contract. After having his 2014 season cut short due to hip surgery, the 30-year-old is batting .303/.310/.477 with two home runs and 11 RBI through 31 games this year.

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.