Aaron Judge scratched from Yankees lineup due to illness

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TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was scratched from the lineup for Monday’s spring training finale against Detroit due to illness but is set to play on opening day after clearing MLB’s coronavirus protocols.

“He should be good to go,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after a 5-2 loss to the Tigers.

New York opens the regular season Thursday against Toronto at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Judge “didn’t wake up feeling all that great” and contacted the team.

“We sent him through all the protocols and thankfully we’ve eliminated all the stuff other than the fact that every now and then you come up with not feeling really well,” Cashman said. “He’s not been the first one that had to deal with that at camp.”

Cashman and most of the Yankees’ personnel have not received vaccinations yet but that will likely change soon as eligibility is lowered to younger age groups.

“Making sure everybody gets staggered out properly, vaccinated, feeling good from it,” Cashman said. “We’re just patiently waiting for those windows to be cleared and a runway to land on. We know those days are coming sooner than later because things are opening up around the country and that’s great for everybody.”

SIDELINED

Left-handed reliever Justin Wilson will be joining reigning big league home run champ Luke Voit on the injured list to start the season.

Wilson, slowed by tightness in his throwing shoulder, threw off a mound Monday but will need additional bullpen and batting practice sessions before returning.

Voit, expected out until May, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday night in New York with New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery to repair a partial meniscus tear in his left knee.

ROSTER NEWS

Cashman said infielder Tyler Wade and righty Michael King will be on the opening day roster. The last spot on the roster will be filled by Wilson’s replacement.

Infielder Derek Dietrich and catcher Robinson Chirinos, both released from minor league contracts last week, were re-signed and assigned to the team’s alternate site.

Chirinos is expected to be out until May following surgery to repair a fractured right wrist.

Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin was released.

FEELING STRONG

Boone had a pacemaker inserted during surgery on March 3 in Tampa and continues to rave about how things are going.

“I feel great,” Boone said. “I’ve gotten built up here now these last few weeks as well. As I said when it happened, it was a game changer for me immediately and it remains that way. Excited along with the guys to get this thing going (on Thursday).”

Swanson, Olson go deep vs Scherzer, Braves take NL East lead

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ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson homered off Max Scherzer, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a crucial 4-2 victory Saturday night over the New York Mets and a one-game lead in the NL East.

The defending World Series champions beat aces Jacob deGrom and Scherzer on consecutive nights to take their biggest lead of the season in the division. New York, which held a 10 1/2-game cushion on June 1, faces its biggest deficit of the year with four games remaining.

Atlanta will try for a three-game sweep Sunday night, with the winner earning the season-series tiebreaker between the teams. Even though both teams are headed to the postseason, that’s important because the NL East champion gets a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Swanson’s 24th homer, a go-ahead, two-run shot in the fifth inning, touched off a frenzy among the sold-out crowd at Truist Park, the ball sailing a few rows up into the seats in left-center to make it 3-2. Olson hit his 32nd homer in the sixth, a solo shot into Chop House seats in right to put Atlanta up 4-2.

Austin Riley led off the fourth with a double and scored on Olson’s single to make it 1-all.

Kyle Wright (21-5) gave up two runs and seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings as he won his eighth straight decision. The Braves have won 16 of his last 17 starts.

New York went up 2-1 in the fifth when Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil hit consecutive two-out singles.

The Mets led 1-0 in the first when Brandon Nimmo singled, advanced on a walk and a single and scored on Eduardo Escobar‘s groundout. Wright, who threw 30 pitches in the first, stranded two runners in scoring position to prevent further damage.

Scherzer (11-5) allowed a first-inning single to Riley and a third-inning infield single to Ronald Acuna Jr., who advanced to third on a fielding error by Lindor at shortstop but was stranded when Michael Harris II lined out to center. Scherzer patted his glove and pumped his fist as he walked off the mound.

Scherzer was charged with nine hits and four runs with no walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets were knocked out of first place for only the third day all season.

The Braves have won five of the last six against New York to tie the season series 9-all, outscoring the Mets 37-16 over that stretch.

Atlanta’s bullpen, which posted a 1.70 ERA in September, got a perfect inning from Dylan Lee in the sixth. Jesse Chavez faced four batters in the seventh, Raisel Iglesias faced the minimum in the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 39th save in 46 chances.

Since the Braves were a season low-tying four games under .500 at 23-27 after play on May 31, they have gone 76-32, tying the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the majors over that span. They were a season-worst 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Mets on June 1.

Wright, the only 20-game winner in baseball this season, hasn’t officially become the first Braves pitcher to lead the league in wins outright since Russ Ortiz had 21 in 2003, but the Dodgers’ Julio Urias has 17 and can’t reach 20 before the regular season ends.

Wright will become the first Braves pitcher since Hall of Famer Tom Glavine in 2000 to lead the majors in wins. Houston ace Justin Verlander also has 17.

Wright began the game 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in six career starts and one relief appearance against the Mets.

The Braves, who got homers from Riley, Olson and Swanson off deGrom on Friday, lead the NL with 240 homers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: All-Star RF Starling Marte (right middle finger fracture) has yet to begin swinging or throwing. Manager Buck Showalter said Marte is experiencing less pain but not enough to take the next step in his recovery. Marte has been sidelined since Sept. 7.

Braves: RHP Spencer Strider still has not thrown as he gets treatment on a sore left oblique. Manager Brian Snitker said there is no timetable for the rookie’s return. Strider has been sidelined since Sept. 21.

NICE GLOVE

Harris ran back and jumped to catch Nimmo’s fly against the wall in center field for the first out of the third.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Chris Bassitt (15-8, 3.27 ERA) will face RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.29) as the teams conclude a three-game series.