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Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

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The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and they are listed below.

September 18 will be Roberto Clemente Day, and all the home teams will honor their nominees. Visiting teams will do it for their guys on their next home stand.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced during the World Series. He will be selected by a panel that includes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, representatives from the national networks which broadcast baseball, MLB.com and Clemente’s widow, Vera Clemente. There is also a fan vote component, the winner of which receives one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.  You can vote here from tomorrow through Sunday, September 29.

The nominees:

Arizona DiamondbacksEduardo Escobar

Atlanta BravesCharlie Culberson

Baltimore OriolesChris Davis

Boston Red SoxBrock Holt

Chicago CubsJon Lester

Chicago White SoxTim Anderson

Cincinnati RedsMichael Lorenzen

Cleveland IndiansCarlos Carrasco

Colorado RockiesIan Desmond

Detroit TigersMiguel Cabrera

Houston AstrosAlex Bregman

Kansas City RoyalsAlex Gordon

Los Angeles AngelsAndrew Heaney

Los Angeles DodgersKenley Jansen

Miami Marlins – Martín Prado

Milwaukee BrewersChase Anderson

Minnesota TwinsKyle Gibson

New York MetsSteven Matz

New York YankeesCC Sabathia

Oakland AthleticsLiam Hendriks

Philadelphia PhilliesRhys Hoskins

Pittsburgh PiratesTrevor Williams

San Diego PadresHunter Renfroe

San Francisco GiantsPablo Sandoval

Seattle MarinersDee Gordon

St. Louis CardinalsAdam Wainwright

Tampa Bay RaysKevin Kiermaier

Texas RangersElvis Andrus

Toronto Blue JaysRandal Grichuk

Washington NationalsAnthony Rendon

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
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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.