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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge put the finishing touches on what was an epic comeback victory on Sunday. The Houston Astros no-hit the Yankees on Saturday and held them without a hit through six innings on Sunday. Somehow, the Yankees came back and tied the game at 3-3. Judge crushed a walk-off three-run home run in the 10th inning to lead the Yankees to an extra inning victory. The 30-year-old has put on a show this season and is going to be one of the hottest free agents this offseason, assuming the Yankees are unable to lock him up.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder) completed his first bullpen session on Saturday. Yankees manager Aaron Boone stated that Loaisiga looked great in the session. Boone added that Loaisiga will need at least a few more bullpen sessions as well as some live batting practice sessions prior to being sent on a minor league rehab assignment. Loaisiga has been on the injured list for about a month now due to right shoulder inflammation. He has a 7.02 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP across 16.2 innings this season, but he was one of the team's top relievers in 2021 when he compiled 18 holds and five saves to go along with a 2.17 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) will make another minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Somerset on Sunday, and then he could be activated from the injured list, according to skipper Aaron Boone. When Chapman is activated, he will return to the ninth inning, which is bad news for those that have Clay Holmes, who has been lights-out as the Yankees closer this year. Still, we'd be surprised if Holmes is completely out of the picture for saves in the Bronx given how well he's pitched so far in 2022. Chapman gave up a hit and struck out one for Somerset in his first rehab outing on Friday, and he's closed out nine games for the Yanks this year while sporting a 3.86 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with 15 K's in 14 innings of work.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) is beginning his minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Friday. Chapman has been on the injured list for a month, but he should only require a short rehab assignment and could be activated to rejoin New York's bullpen at some point early next week. With how well Clay Holmes has done in the ninth inning for the Bombers this year, it's entirely plausible that the 34-year-old left-hander will share closing duties with Holmes once he returns to the Bronx. Holmes has been lights-out this year, while Chapman is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, nine saves, 15 strikeouts and 10 walks in 14 innings pitched. He'll obviously lose a lot of fantasy appeal if he's not saving games regularly.
The New York Yankees and outfielder Aaron Judge agreed to a $19 million deal plus incentives for the 2022 season on Friday to avoid salary arbitration, according to a source. Judge can earn $250,000 for first place in the American League MVP voting and another $250,000 for World Series MVP this year. The 30-year-old slugger currently leads the AL MVP conversation and hit a walk-off single against the Houston Astros on Thursday. He's hitting an incredible .304/.379/.658 with 27 home runs, 53 RBI, 58 runs scored and five stolen bases so far this year. Judge was initially seeking $21 million in arbitration, while the Yankees countered with $17 million back in March. The right-handed slugger has said he wants to be a Yankee for life, and now the team has to feel much better about their chances of locking him up long-term.