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Yankees’ Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo not in lineup vs. Red Sox

Jul 6, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge isn’t in the starting lineup for Thursday’s road game against the Boston Red Sox due to lower-body soreness.

New York manager Aaron Boone said the move is a precaution and that Judge might be available to pinch hit if needed.

“It’s not something I’m overly concerned about,” Boone told reporters before the game. “Most importantly, I want to make sure it doesn’t turn into something big. … It’s just not something I want to mess with right now.”

Judge became the first player in the majors to reach 30 homers this season when he launched a grand slam in Wednesday’s 16-0 rout over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Judge is batting .287 with 64 RBIs in 80 games this season.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo also isn’t in the starting lineup for the third straight game due to back soreness. Rizzo is batting .223 with 22 homers and 52 RBIs in 77 games.

With Judge out of the starting lineup, the outfield was set up this way: Joey Gallo in right, Aaron Hicks in center and Giancarlo Stanton in left. Matt Carpenter is serving as the designated hitter and DJ LeMahieu is starting at first base.

–Field Level Media