Yankees promote top prospects Judge, Austin

It feels as if they trade just one more star or have another teary-eyed press conference to announce a veteran's departure, they will clinch a postseason berth.

The Yankees faced a righty, Tampa Bay's Matt Andriese, yet Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira did not start. With two outs in a scoreless tie Andriese gave up back-to-back homers to Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge.

And yes, the Yankees are starting to build the big pieces for the future, which has already begun for them.

He was down 2-1 when he went into the fourth inning and got busted up for six runs.

In 1968, comedian Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham, who may have played Harlem's Apollo Theater more than any other performer, became famous in white America when Sammy Davis Jr. performed his "Here Come Da Judge" routine on NBC's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

Fans applaud and hold signs as New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez (13) takes his position at third base in the ninth inning of his final game as a Yankee player, against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday, A.

"The roster has been changing a lot", Cashman said. He did have an MRI today, and it was clean, so that's good news.

However, if it is a new day, it is in an old way. Rivera became the 27th former Yankee player honored in Monument Park and the fifth from the 1996 championship team.

First, because they are trying to construct around a talented, young nucleus again. For the first time since perhaps the 1990s, the Yankees have a very young team.

"I think I've thrown quite a few more fastballs recently".

"Just a fastball kind of ran in", Judge said.

"Really it comes down to what it does for every pitcher", manager Joe Girardi said before the game. While not rivals like the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, the Rays and Yanks are sort of neighbors, and A-Rod's 56 home runs are the most by a player against Tampa Bay. "I think you get excited."It was the second time players homered in the first at-bat of their major league debuts in the same game, but they were opponents the first time: Brooklyn's Earnie Koy and Philadelphia's Emmett Mueller did it in the first inning at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia on April 19, 1938.Austin and Judge joined John Miller, Andy Phillips and NY assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames as the only players to homer in their first at-bats for the Yankees".

And what electric debuts they were. A big spring training last season, and then a couple of big homers this year in Tampa and it was not long until Judge was Major League Baseball bound.

As the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline approached, the Bronx Bombers traded away two-thirds of their three-headed bullpen monster (Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs and Andrew Miller to the Indians); starting pitcher Ivan Nova to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later, notwithstanding their most productive hitter (Carlos Beltran to the Rangers). The right-hander has back-to-back quality starts for the first time since early May and has won each of his past three outings.

That is why Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard were obtained, and so far they have combined for 16 innings and one run - not as dominant as Miller and Chapman, but just as effective.

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