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Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela return to New York Yankees’ lineup

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TAMPA, Fla. — Outfielder Aaron Judge and third baseman Gio Urshela are back in the lineup for the New York Yankees for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Judge was held out of New York’s lineup Wednesday night with soreness in his left side and missed Friday’s series opener vs. the Rays.

Judge had a homer, three hits and four RBIs in a 7-2 win over Baltimore on Tuesday night but didn’t play in the Yankees’ 4-3, 11-inning loss a day later. New York had a day off Thursday.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he thought the soreness was from “general wear and tear” over the first few days of the season. He believes the discomfort might stem from when Judge took extra more while serving as designated hitter on Sunday.

Judge, the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year, missed 142 games from 2018 to ’20, going on the injured list at different points for a right wrist fracture, a left oblique strain and twice for right calf strains. He also broke a rib last March but was ready for Opening Day after the pandemic delayed the start of the season.

Urshela was placed on the COVID injured list on Friday due to side effects from a vaccination. He was originally listed in the starting lineup, but the Yankees made the change shortly before the game.

Infielder Mike Ford was recalled from the alternate site and activated for the series. Any player placed on the COVID injured list does not count against the 40-man roster. The COVID injured list also does not require a minimum stay.

Also Saturday, the Yankees activated newly acquired Rougned Odor, who came over from the Rangers in a deal Tuesday.

Odor did not make the Rangers’ Opening Day roster and was designated for assignment on April 1. He is a left-handed hitter, and the Yankees have a mostly right-handed lineup.

Odor is a second baseman but also played third in spring training.

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Los Angeles Angels lose star Mike Trout to a strained right calf after first inning of series opener

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout exited Monday night’s game after the first inning because of a strained right calf.

The outfielder was limping after running to third on an inning-ending popup against Cleveland.

The three-time MVP entered the day sixth in the American League with a .333 batting average, but was 1 for 17 in his past six games. He snapped a five-game hitless streak Sunday at Boston, which was a game shy of the longest of his career.

Juan Lagares moved to center field after Trout departed and Jose Rojas entered the game in left.

The Angels opened a 10-game homestand Monday after rallying to defeat the Red Sox in Boston on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu dealing with ankle injury suffered on game-winning slide

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Reigning American League MVP Jose Abreu will miss the Chicago White Sox‘s three-game series against the Minnesota Twins due to an ankle injury he suffered while scoring the game-winning run against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

The White Sox said Monday that X-rays on Abreu’s ankle were negative but that an MRI showed inflammation, forcing the team to sit the slugger for the Twins series in Minneapolis.

He is expected to return to the lineup this weekend against the New York Yankees.

Abreu scored from third base on a Wade Davis wild pitch, capping the White Sox’s ninth-inning rally in a 4-3 win against the Royals on Sunday.

It capped a tough weekend for the slugger, who suffered a facial contusion, laceration and bruised left knee Friday in a nasty-looking collision with Hunter Dozier.

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Atlanta Braves’ Huascar Ynoa out ‘a couple months’ after breaking hand punching bench

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Atlanta Braves right-hander Huascar Ynoa was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a fractured right hand suffered when he punched the dugout bench in Milwaukee on Sunday.

Manager Brian Snitker told reporters on Monday that Ynoa will be sidelined “a couple months” with the injury.

“That’s a tough one. He got frustrated after his outing [Sunday] and punched the seat in the dugout and broke his hand. It’s going to be a couple months that he’ll be down, then we’ll have to get him built back up. I hate to see that. The young guy was doing so well. That’s a big loss for us,” he told reporters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ynoa allowed a season-high five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six over 4⅓ innings Sunday in the Braves’ 10-9 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He had surrendered just one earned run over his previous three outings.

Ynoa has impressed this season with a 4-2 record and 3.02 ERA in eight starts for a Braves team without All-Star right-hander Mike Soroka, who has been sidelined by an Achilles injury.

Soroka, who tore his Achilles tendon last August, had a setback last week and underwent exploratory surgery on Monday. There is no timetable for his return.

The Braves recalled right-hander Edgar Santana from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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