Phillies’ grounds crew uses torches to dry field but game gets postponed to Tuesday

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The field at Citizens Bank Park was in rougher shape than anticipated, so the Phillies’ grounds crew tried using torches to attempt to dry the field faster. But alas, Monday night’s game between the Phillies and Nationals has been postponed. The two teams will meet for a doubleheader on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.

Erick Fedde was slated to oppose Jake Arrieta. The two will simply wait until tomorrow to do battle.

The Nationals, who threw in the towel last month, entered play 71-72, eight games out of first place in the NL East. The similarly struggling Phillies, who haven’t won a series since early August, are 74-68, four and a half games back of the first-place Braves.

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.