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Video: Colby Rasmus hits Minute Maid Park roof with a fly ball

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What appeared to be either a home run or a deep fly out turned out to be a long single for Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Royals.

With a runner on first base and no outs, Rasmus swatted a Luke Hochevar fastball to right field. Royals right fielder Alex Rios camped just in front of the warning track, then trotted in as the ball clanked off of the stadium roof. According to Minute Maid Park ground rules, if a ball strikes the roof while it is in fair territory, it is considered in play and fair. Had a Royals fielder been able to catch the ball, Rasmus could have been retired for an out. If the ball had struck the roof in foul territory, the ball would have been declared dead.

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Ultimately, the weird occurrence didn’t lead to any run-scoring, as Hochever was able to retire the next three Astro hitters he faced to escape the inning.

Rasmus finished 1-for-1 with three walks in the game. He’s batting .500 with three home runs, a double, six walks, and five RBI in 16 plate appearances in the post-season thus far.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.