Judge connected for his 21st homer, a two-run drive in the seventh off Justin Haley. The former Fresno State players eagerly chatted for a while behind the cage during batting practice — after facing each other for the first time in the majors, the rookie reliever angrily kicked at the mound dirt as Judge circled the bases.
We were really good friends, and it’s a joy to see him having success, Judge said. We respect the competition. He might strike me out tomorrow, and I’ll tip my cap to him, and it’ll be see you down the road.
New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took batting practice with the Yankees. Showing a sweet swing, he homered over the left-field wall.
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia and knuckleballer Steven Wright will see a doctor Monday. Both are on the 10-day disabled list.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (strained hamstrings) threw 48 pitches in a simulated game at the spring complex in Tampa, Florida. He’s expected to pitch in a minor league rehab game in the middle of next week, then could rejoin the Yankees.
If Sanchez gives the Braves a chance for a save opportunity in the ninth inning, Arodys Vizcaino could close it out. Vizcaino was placed on the disabled list June 24 with shoulder inflammation, took a rest day Sunday after throwing a side session Saturday and could be activated for the opener.
Vizcaino last pitched June 17. Before going on the DL, he posted a 1.82 ERA, converted 15 of 17 save opportunities and struck out 33 in 29 2/3 innings in 30 appearances.
If I feel like it’ll help our team — we explore every trade of players of certain magnitude or superstar, first-ballot Hall of Fame-type of players, Ainge said Friday after the Celtics formally introduced first-round pick Robert Williams at the Auerbach Center. We’re going to take a look and kick the tires and see if there’s something there. But that’s all.
I think those things are unlikely.
Ainge admitted that the Celtics are in a quality position with the ability to thrust themselves into any pursuit of star talent — like they did a year ago when they acquired Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers — but he also gushed about the potential of his current roster.