Giants acquire Kevin Pillar from Blue Jays

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The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Kevin Pillar in exchange infielder Alen Hanson, righty Derek Law and righty Juan De Paula.

Pillar has spent his entire seven-season career in Toronto. He’s a defense-first center fielder with some occasional pop. For his career he’s a .260/.297/.396 hitter (86 OPS+) but he can steal you some bases. His calling card, obviously, is outstanding defense in center, though he may have lost a step in the past couple of years. He had a lot of steps to lose, of course, so he’s still an excellent defender.

Hanson is a utility guy who has covered second, short, third and all three outfield positions. He has yet to see action this year. Last year he hit .252/.274/.425 in 310 plate appearances.

Law has pitched in 109 games, all in relief, over three seasons. He has a 3.83 ERA and has a K/BB ratio of 97/31 in 105.2 innings.

De Paula, 21, has yet to pitch above A-ball. The Jays will be his fourth organization since 2015.

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.