NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees have a hearing on Friday to determine the three-time All-Star salary for the 2022 season.
Whatever is decided, the verdict is already out in the Bronx:
Judge will be worth every penny.
The 6-foot-3 constant hitter lined up a single win on the eve of their referee showdown, ending a four-run ninth inning that included Aaron Hicks tying the three-run homer against Ryan Pressly at 7-7 for the Yankees. 6 win over Houston Astros Thursday night.
Hitting with two against Ryne Stanek, Judge hit a 3-0 splitter in the left corner of the field to score Jose Trevino from second base. It was the Yankees’ ninth win in 70 games this season — the most since 1943 — and one that looked very unlikely when they went into the last inning with just two hits.
“There’s a sign on the way to the shelter that says, ‘Do your job,’” Judge said. “That’s what I tried to do in that situation.”
A job with an unknown salary, for now. The 30-year-old will have an unusual in-season referee hearing on Friday – decisions are usually made in the off-season but have been pushed back to this year’s opening day due to the sport’s labor lockdown.
The judge is asking for $21 million. New York offered $17 million. The three-person panel will be tasked with choosing one salary or the other – nothing in between.
The hearing comes after the sides were unable to reach a long-term deal ahead of the judge’s opening deadline this spring, meaning Number 99 could leave the Yankees to pursue a free agent deal elsewhere after the season. .
Asked about Friday’s meeting, the judge smiled and said only “let’s talk later”.
“We always hope for the best for our guys in refereeing and stuff like that,” Hicks said. “We want you here as a Yankee.”
New York opened a highly anticipated four-game series between the top two American League teams, winning for the 19th time in 22 games to improve to 52–18 – the third-best 70-game start in the major leagues since 1930.
New York also extended their winning streak at home to 15 games, the team’s longest since 1961.
The Yankees entered Thursday tied for the top of the major league with 20 comeback wins. At the. 21 can outrun them all.
Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning, led the ninth with a walk against Pressly, and Gleyber Torres tied another during a plate appearance that included a long delay because Torres had something in his eye.
Hicks hitter then dug in from the left side and smashed a no doubt to right field, just the third hit for the Yankees all night and the first since Stanton’s homer.
Hicks’ third homer of the season sent the crowd of 44,071 into a frenzy.
“This was a playoff atmosphere there,” Judge said.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed up with a single infield but was sent off trying to steal the second – a foul confirmed via replay.
Trevino lined up a single, leading manager Dusty Baker to pull Pressly (1-2), a two-time All-Star who came in with a 5.71 ERA in 18 career appearances against the Yankees, including the postseason.
Stanek walked with DJ LeMahieu, then trailed the ref 3-0 as fans serenaded the hitter with “MVP!” chants.
“I knew I was going to get the job done,” Judge said after his third career hit and second this season.
“That’s when this game is at its best, moments like that,” he added. “The crowd is on its feet, the game is at stake. It’s the moments in your backyard that you dream about.”
Miguel Castro (4-0) worked a no-hit entry to victory.
Astros’ Alex Bregman and Stanton traded three-run homers in the first inning, and Houston’s Yordan Alvarez made another three-run run in the third against Yankees starter Jameson Taillon.
Astros starter Framber Valdez has stabilized after a difficult first round. Jose Altuve had three hits and right fielder Kyle Tucker stole a potential homer in the eighth for Houston, but the Astros dropped to 43-26 on a rare night down to the Majors’ main bullpen.
“Things started to unravel and we couldn’t get him back,” Baker said.
Valdez knocked out seven in six innings, allowing just three runs in two hits, both in the first inning. He looked prepared to go deep in the game until Anthony Rizzo made a 16-shooter walk in the sixth. Valdez was withdrawn after 101 pitches.
Héctor Neris shot a perfect seventh, and Tucker helped Rafael Montero pass the eighth by jumping off the wall to catch a kick that Rizzo thought was a surefire homer.
Taillon allowed six races, a season record, interrupting a stellar first half after years of being hampered by ill health. Houston had 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the right-hander.
Alvarez, who scored twice against the Mets on Wednesday night, hit a low line of 113 mph on the short porch of Yankee Stadium’s right field in the third. Alvarez’s 22 homers are second only to the referee’s 27 at the top of the major league.
Stars: SS Jeremy Peña (thumb discomfort) worked in the field, and Houston planned to evaluate him later. … DE Jake Meyers (left shoulder surgery) rejoined the team after completing a minor league rehab assignment but was not activated.
Yankees: Traded RHP David McKay for Tampa Bay for cash, opted for RHP Clarke Schmidt for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added RHP Albert Abreu to the active roster.
All-Star Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.30 ERA) pitches at Yankee Stadium for the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 AL Championship Series, a 4-1 loss in Houston. He is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 career stadium games. He will face New York RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 3.27) on Friday night.