Report: The Yankees and Tigers scouted Johnny Cueto on Friday

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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Yankees and Tigers each had scouts in attendance for Reds starter Johnny Cueto’s Friday start against the Cubs. MLB.com’s Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck says that the Reds had a scout in attendance at Double-A Erie.

Cueto, on Friday, allowed four runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out nine in seven innings. On the season, he’s 4-4 with a 2.85 ERA and an 82/14 K/BB ratio over 85 1/3 innings.

The 29-year-old right-hander is earning $10 million this season and can become a free agent after the season. The 28-33 Reds are 12.5 games out of first place in the NL Central and are expected to be sellers as the trade deadline draws closer. Cueto is drawing some trade interest as a result.

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.