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Nationals trade Matt Adams to Cardinals

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Just on the heels of learning that Matt Adams had been claimed on waivers, we learn who claimed him: it’s his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, who have struck a deal with the Nats for him, according to Jeff Passan. The Nats are getting cash considerations in return.

Adams, an impending free agent, is hitting .257/.332/.510 with 18 homers over 94 games this season. The lefty Adams will see some time against right-handed pitchers, probably as a pinch hitter and occasional outfielder starter. He can likewise play first base, but the Cards are pretty set there with Matt Carpenter, obviously.

Thus begins the Nats’ sell-off.

Aaron Judge returns to the Yankees lineup

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The lineups for the Red Sox-Yankees game for this evening were just released and, lo and behold, Aaron Judge is back in it for the Yankees. He’ll be batting second and playing right field.

Judge was activated four days ago but had been limited to defense and base running. As of yesterday signs pointed to him not hitting today, but he took swings in a simulated game for the second straight day today — taking advantage of the previously-scheduled day game being moved to this evening — and things must’ve gone well.

Judge has been out since late July due to a fractured wrist suffered when he was hit by a fastball from Royals pitcher Jakob Junis. He has taken longer than expected to recover from the injury and the Yankees have felt his absence as he was hitting .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 447 plate appearances when he went down and no one has, obviously, been able to replace his production.

Now he’s back to help the Yankees fend off the A’s for the top Wild Card spot.