Aaron Judge was given the day off in the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Indians on Saturday at the Stadium, as Aaron Boone was determined to rest the slumping right fielder — even after a solid day at the plate in Friday’s win.
“It’s just Aaron and I working through it,’’ the manager said of Judge’s schedule. “I considered [resting him Friday], but in this stretch of games, he hasn’t really had a day. He had a day [on Aug. 9], but [Brett Gardner] got ejected.”
Gardner was tossed on Saturday, as well, but the Yankees kept Judge on the bench and moved Thairo Estrada to the outfield.
The day off came after Judge reached base in three of his four plate appearances on Friday and had a double, but he has been mostly unproductive since late July.
Before Friday, Judge was in a 12-for-81 slump, with just five extra-base hits — and one homer — in 21 games. He had walked 12 times and whiffed 31, with an OPS of just .501.
DJ LeMahieu hit his 20th homer of the season. His previous career-high was 15, a year ago with Colorado.
The Yankees are a season-high 41 games over .500 and improved to 15-0 when hitting at least four homers. … Aroldis Chapman has earned a save in each of his past nine appearances.
The Yankees and Blue Jays are close to finalizing a deal to play two games in Montreal at the end of spring training next season, March 23-24, according to a source. The Blue Jays typically finish up spring training with games at the Expos’ old home at Olympic Stadium.