Aaron Judge has yet to give his answer regarding his participation in the Home Run Derby, but if he does compete, which is the general expectation, Joe Girardi reiterated Thursday what he’s said previously.
“I’ve said all along, I’m OK with it,” Girardi said, “because of his approach.”
Judge, who entered Thursday night with an MLB-leading 24 home runs and hit a three-run shot into Monument Park in the second inning, was officially invited earlier in the week.
Regardless of the conventional wisdom that says the Derby messes up players’ swings, Girardi said he isn’t concerned when it comes to Judge.
“I watch it every day, and he hits, I don’t know, 20 balls out of the stadium every batting practice and it’s to right-center, to center, very few are to left,” Girardi said. “I don’t have a problem with it. I think his swing’s going to stay the same.”
Tanaka tries it again
Masahiro Tanaka will face Rangers ace Yu Darvish (6-5, 3.35) on Friday night, but the matchup with his Japanese countryman is the least of his concerns.
Tanaka enters the game 5-7 with a 6.34 ERA, and his last outing was among the most confounding of a confounding season. The righthander struck out 10 in four innings but allowed five runs and eight hits, including three home runs.
“I’ve analyzed and looked at that game and think I’ve made the necessary adjustments,” Tanaka said through his translator.
Tanaka has allowed 21 homers in 14 starts. He allowed 22 homers in 31 starts last season.
Webb up, Refsnyder down
With Jonathan Holder and Tyler Clippard unavailable and Girardi preferring to stay away from Chad Green, the Yankees brought up lefthander Tyler Webb from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and sent down utilityman Rob Refsnyder.
“We wanted to make sure we were covered,” Girardi said before the game, noting that Webb, 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 games with Scranton, could throw 45 to 50 pitches if need be.