Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

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Apologies for the abbreviated recaps today. I woke up this morning with no Internet service for some reason. Likely because society is crumbling and we’re all afraid to admit it. Seriously, go read the Foundation Trilogy sometime. You can be technologically advanced in most respects and still enter a dark age. It happens. It begins by blogging from a cell phone signal like it’s the Middle Ages or something.

Anyway, I would be remiss in not at least mentioning one performance from last night: Clayton Kershaw pitching an eight-hit shutout and striking out 13. I mean, sure, it was the Phillies and that’s sort of unfair, but they’re still nominally major league hitters. Kershaw, of course, isn’t an All-Star and likely won’t even win the Final Vote thing. This despite a K/BB ratio of 160/27 in 123 innings and a WHIP of 1.02. I mean, he’s no Brad Boxberger.

The scores:

Dodgers 5, Phillies 0
Twins 5, Orioles 3
Brewers 6, Braves 5
Tigers 5, Mariners 4
Mets 4, Giants 1
Yankees 5, Athletics 4
Pirates 5, Padres 2
Red Sox 6, Marlins 3
Indians 4, Astros 2
Cardinals 6, Cubs 5
Diamondbacks 7, Rangers 4
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 6
Royals 9, Rays 7
Angels 3, Rockies 2
Reds vs. Nationals: POSTPONED

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

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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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.