Frankie Montas expected to make MLB debut Friday

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Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com has the report …

Frankie Montas will be in the big leagues on Friday, only five days after he appeared in Major League Baseball’s Futures Game.

A baseball source confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the White Sox pitcher, the team’s No. 2 prospect, would join the club when it opens the second half with a home doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.

Montas clocked in at 101 mph on the radar gun in his Futures Game appearance earlier this week at Great American Ball Park, though he wound up allowing three runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning. The 22-year-old Dominican right-hander has a 2.47 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 62/29 K/BB ratio in 73 innings (15 starts) this season with Double-A Birmingham.

Montas sent out this tweet from his personal Twitter account on Wednesday evening …

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.