Judge, Stanton Eager To Get Started As Yankees Teammates

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Despite what the calendar says, I'm pretty sure it's still winter here in the Northeast but the Major League Baseball season does officially begin Thursday.

Giancarlo Stanton needed all of two pitches before hitting his first home run with the New York Yankees.

"With the team we've got, there's no pressure", Judge said, per Coley Harvey of ESPN, when asked about how he will follow up a sensational rookie campaign.

The theme was similar to the one Joe Maddon adopted while talking to his Cubs when they gathered for spring training in 2016.

Stanton won the 2017 NL MVP award with Miami, then was acquired by the Yankees in a December trade.

"If I wanted to do something like that in the regular season, and if that's a real option, I at least wanted to introduce it", Boone said last week of Judge batting leadoff.

Those moves have the potential to push NY over the top after winning 91 games in 2017 and almost going the distance against the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. Meanwhile, the high-priced Japanese star languished with a 4.74 ERA, by far the worst of his four-year career in pinstripes.

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"I think what stands out being in that room is, really, each guy I've spoken to, the hunger is there and there's no satisfaction with what they were able to accomplish [in 2017]", Boone said.

Aaron Judge wowed the baseball world with 30 home runs before the All-Star break, finishing with 52 for the year and earning AL Rookie of the Year and placing second in the MVP vote. For Judge, the key is to avoid they mythical but often relevant sophomore slump.

"No doubt the buzz from the winter and coming into the spring is a lot louder and more positive, and that's our job", he said one spring morning.

"The Yankees are among the world's most iconic sports teams and it is an honor to be joining forces with them to give fans access to a host of custom experiences tailored to America's pastime", said Drew Green, CEO of INDOCHINO.

With Judge and Stanton together in the lineup, that's certainly going to be the case in 2018. Right-hander Luis Severino will be on the mound for NY. "I just felt like, once I knew the whole picture and I had the opportunity to make a decision, it was tough but I feel like I made the right one". "Now they asked me to start the first game". With that trio, the Yankees will have the ability to shorten games to six or seven innings, giving them a huge advantage.

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