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Aaron Judge: “I’m Still A Work In Progress”

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As he sits back and waits for his inevitable American League Rookie of the Year Award- and possibly even MVP- New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge knows not to take baseball for granted.

The 6’7” giant took the baseball world by storm this summer with “All Rise”, tape-measure blasts, and easily winning the Home Run Derby; but moving forward is what really matters.

“I’m still a work in progress; there’s a lot of things I need to improve on,” Judge told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “Defensively, hitting-wise, running the bases. There’s always room to improve. That motivates me to get a little better every day.”

Judge, 25, led the AL with 52 homers, 128 runs, and 127 walks, while finishing second in RBIs (114), on-base percentage (.422), and slugging percentage (.627).

Before Judge, the last (and only) rookie to record 100 RBIs, 100 runs, and 100 walks in a season was none other than Teddy Ballgame; Ted Williams in 1939.

Elite company at its finest.

Perhaps the biggest thing Judge needs to improve on in 2018 are his strikeouts. His 208 whiffs this season led the majors, and set a new rookie record. If Judge can get those significantly down, he may become unstoppable.

“There’s more to his game than home runs and walks,” said Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner to Hoch. “He plays really good defense out there in right field, too, and I think that’s important. When you struggle at the plate, don’t take things out on defense with you. I think he does a really good job of that.”

Since the Yankees got eliminated in Game 7 of the ALCS, Judge has been named the cover athlete for MLB The Show 18, and has won an AL Silver Slugger Award; we’ll see what other post-year hardware he takes home as he prepares for a strong sophomore season.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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