Just two batters into the exhibition season, Toronto’s Marcus Semien hit a ball to shallow right field. Aaron Judge raced in and briefly looked like he was going to attempt a diving catch and most of the 2,637 fans at George M. Steinbrenner Field likely cringed at the thought of the right fielder crashing to the turf so soon into spring training, given his injury history.
There were some balls hit during batting practice, Aaron Judge said, that didn’t have as much distance on them as he and his teammates expected. But in the game, a 6-4, seven-inning loss to the Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field, Judge hit one to deep center that surprised him by how close it came to being a homer. It went a little further than I thought,’’ he said of the fourth-inning shot.
Aaron Judge tossed several balls into the crowd, just like always. "I hit a groundball but just hearing the fans kind of spark up,” Judge said. On the opening day of the exhibition season, Judge went 0 for 2 in the Yankees' 6-4 loss to Toronto in a game shortened to seven innings, as Major League Baseball is permitting in these early spring training matchups.