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Video: Byron Buxton leads off with an inside-the-park home run

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Twins outfielder Byron Buxton wasn’t having the best season, owning a .561 OPS after his game against the Rays on August 5. The Twins demoted him to Triple-A Rochester, then brought him back to the majors when rosters expanded in September.

The demotion might have been the cure for what ailed Buxton as he has had a torrid finish to the season. Entering the final game of the regular season on Sunday, he had a .278/.346/.619 triple-slash line with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 108 plate appearances since September 1.

Buxton kept it going on Sunday, the final day of the regular season. Facing White Sox ace Chris Sale to lead off the ballgame at U.S. Cellular Field (soon to be Guaranteed Rate Field), Buxton drilled a first-pitch fastball to center field. Avisail Garcia went back but got turned around and made an ill-fated leap to attempt to snag the ball. Garcia fell into the fence and the ball caromed back towards the field. Garcia eventually got to the ball and returned it to the infield, but Buxton was far too fast for it to have been a close play.

Here’s the video.

According to Statcast, Buxton made his way around the bases in 14 seconds, setting a Statcast-era record.

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.