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With the New York Yankees winning the American League East on Tuesday night, they are loosening ties in their Wednesday game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Before the game, manager Aaron Boone relayed the news that first baseman Anthony Rizzo is Wednesday’s “interim manager.”
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Rizzo helped Boone make Wednesday’s lineup, and one of his first decisions paid off right away.
Although he’s an outside shot to make the postseason roster, top prospect Oswald Peraza will likely see more time now that the division is done. Rizzo wanted to put him in the cleanup spot, and he gave up an RBI single, the first of his career, in his first at-bat of the night.
Rizzo couldn’t help but be excited.
Rizzo also wears the same outfit that Boone normally wears: a sleeveless hoodie over a navy blue long sleeve, with a watch as well.
Second baseman Gleyber Torres also submitted the lineup card.
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Aaron Judge is one of the minimal starters who will play Wednesday: He’s starting as the designated hitter in his quest for MLB history, as he tries to tie Roger Maris for the AL single-season home run record.
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Judge walked in his first plate appearance and flied out in the second inning.
Rizzo’s other lineup decisions paid off: The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning.