Brian McCann will throw out first pitch before first game of World Series

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Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that recently retired catcher Brian McCann will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday in Houston. He will be caught by former teammate and fellow backstop Evan Gattis.

McCann and Gattis were teammates with the Astros in 2017 and ’18. The Astros won a championship in 2017, McCann’s first year with the team.

McCann, a seven-time All-Star, signed a one-year deal with the Braves for this season after the Astros declined his 2019 club option. Meanwhile, Gattis did not receive much interest on the free agent market and ended up sitting out the season.

Rome notes that Olympic gymnast Simone Biles will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2.

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.