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, but not quite ready to hit.Nonetheless, the New York Yankees are excited about the prospect of him getting closer to returning to the lineup, but until he does, Judge will be able to play in the field and run.With Judge back from the disabled list on a limited basis, the Yankees continue a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.Article continues below ...Judge was activated before Friday’s 11-0 win and played the final two innings in right field without getting a ball hit to him and earned a standing ovation when fans realized he was entering the game.“Pretty crazy,” he said of getting a loud ovation.It’s unclear when Judge might actually get any at-bats against live pitching, but manager Aaron Boone said it is possible Judge might get an at-bat during this homestand. Before making his first appearance since July 26 against Kansas City, he took batting practice on the field, something he started earlier this week in Minnesota.“We’ll continue to ramp up from a hitting standpoint this weekend,” Boone said. “We’ve got a plan in place we’ll activate as we get closer. He’s getting real close to being an option for us.”During the 45 games he missed, the Yankees were 25-20, including a 13-10 mark at home. While Judge was on the disabled list, the Yankees averaged 4.8 runs and recorded a .235 batting average (351-for-1496) with 71 homers. Giancarlo Stanton heated up early in Judge’s absence but overall batted .224 (38-for-170) with 10 homers and 25 RBIs in the 45 games.In the meantime, the Yankees (91-56) will hope to get more nights like Friday when they collected 14 hits and remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the wild-card race. For the Blue Jays losing a player like Judge is equal to losing a bat such as Josh Donaldson Austin Meadows Jersey
, who missed over three months with a calf injury before getting traded to the Cleveland Indians.“Anytime one of your top guys go down, it’s a pretty big hole,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said Friday afternoon. “Some teams have more to cover than others but it’s still, he’s been the guy here. Then they got to change their lineup a little bit. Even if a guy’s struggling you’re aware where he is in the lineup, he’s probably going to come up. A guy like that can beat you, even if he mishits a ball, that can change a game.” The Blue Jays (65-82) are 4-9 in their last 13 games and officially clinched their second straight losing season after making consecutive postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016.“It’s the way it goes sometimes in this game,” Gibbons said. “It’s tough to stay on top. We’re in a rebuild mode now, so you’re going to take your lumps.”Toronto has taken its lumps when facing a left-handed starter and after doing little off Masahiro Tanaka, the Blue Jays face CC Sabathia. Toronto has lost its last nine games when facing a southpaw starter and is a major league-worst 14-35 in those games.CC Sabathia makes his fifth attempt at getting his 245th career win, which would tie him with Dennis Martinez and Jack Powell for 53rd on the all-time list. Since getting his 244th career win Aug. 12 against Texas, he is 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA.Sabathia last pitched in Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Seattle when he allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings while getting a no-decision.The left-hander is 18-11 with a 3.48 ERA in 34 career starts against the Blue Jays. Sean-Reid Foley will make his fifth career start and so far, he is 1-3 with a 6.86 ERA. Reid-Foley fanned 10 in seven innings for his first career win Sept. 2 at Miami but allowed six runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings last Saturday in a 9-8 loss to Cleveland.Reid-Foley opposed the Yankees in New York on Aug. 18 and was tagged for eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. It was the shortest of his starts so far. Baseball fans have been lucky over the past seven Octobers, as four of the seven World Series range from "good and competitive" to "all-time classic" on the championship spectrum.This year's Fall Classic may fall somewhere in there if recent playoff results are any indication Colin Moran Jersey
, as the American League and National League Championship Series haven't seen a shortage of on- (and sometimes off-) field drama.Here's a look ahead at the World Series schedule of dates, alongside some ticket information and pennant-winner predictions.Schedule of DatesTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): National League winner at American League winnerWednesday, October 24 (Game 2): National League winner at American League winnerFriday, October 26 (Game 3): American League winner at National League winnerSaturday, October 27 (Game 4): American League winner at National League winnerSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary): American League winner at National League winnerTuesday, October 30 (Game 6, if necessary):National League winner at American League winnerWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary):National League winner at American League winnerTicket InfoWorld Series tickets can be purchased through StubHub. Matchup PredictionsAmerican LeagueRight-handed ace Justin Verlander gets the starting call for the Astros on Thursday. He wasn't his usual dominant self in Boston for Game 1, although a six-inning, two-run David Freese Jersey
, six-strikeout outing is still impressive on the road against a 108-win team.However, the Astros could still put Verlander on the mound even if they had their pick of any MLB starter for this do-or-die game.The 35-year-old right-hander struck out an American League-leading 290 batters while posting a 2.52 ERA in 214.0 innings this past season.He's also been dominant in the playoffs since 2013, punching out 86 batters in 76.0 innings alongside a 2.01 ERA. Verlander hasn't allowed fewer than three earned runs (or pitched fewer than five full frames) in 12 starts during that span.On the opposite mound, the Boston Red Sox will skip team ace Chris Sale, as the southpaw has battled a stomach illness that forced him to spend a night in the hospital. Red Sox manager Alex Cora provided an update before Game 4, noting that Sale is"feeling better compared to yesterday, but physically he's not there yet. So I think if necessary he'll pitch Game 6. He feels that he'll be ready for that one. And we'll go from there."Left-hander David Price is getting the call for the Red Sox, but he's starting on three days rest and has allowed seven earned runs in 6.1 playoff innings. Houston and Verlander have the edge here. Following a potential win, however, Houston would then be tasked with beating Sale at Fenway Park for Game 6, and that's a tall order even with tough right-hander Gerrit Cole presumably opposing him. Sale struck out 237 batters in 158.0 innings alongside a 2.11 ERA (and microscopic 1.98 FIP).Betting against Sale at home in a series-clinching game isn't a safe wager, so the prediction here is for Boston to take Game 6 and move onto the World Series for the first time since its 2013 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.National LeagueDodgers southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu will begin Game 6. He was L.A.'sGame 2 starter versus Milwaukee and allowed two earned runs and six hits in 4.1 innings.The Brewers will go with left-hander Wade Miley, who started Game 5 and walked leadoff hitter Cody Bellinger before being pulled. Miley wasn't hurt, nor did he receive one of the quickest hooks of all time from a disgruntled manager.Rather http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey
,skipper Craig Counsell's planwas for L.A. to build its lineup in response to a southpaw before Milwaukee tossed it over to right-hander Brandon Woodruff.Miley will now be faced with helping keep Milwaukee's season alive, although one has to wonder if manager Craig Counsell goes for a similar tactic again. In any case, Miley may be gone at the slightest hint of trouble, especially considering the fact that the Brewers' top three relievers (Josh Hader, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress) will have the benefit of a few days' rest before Friday (Hader and Knebel last pitched Tuesday, while Jeffress' most recent appearance was Monday).L.A.'s bullpen has the benefit of rest as well: Right-hander Pedro Baez was the only reliever to toss more than nine pitches on Wednesday, and the entire team enjoys a day off Thursday. For the postseason, L.A. sports a 2.55 bullpen ERA.Game 6 is tough to call given how difficult it is to project when the managers will dip into the bullpens (who could have guessed Counsell would do so after five pitches Wednesday?). If we're strictly focusing on the starter matchup, Ryu(89 strikeouts in 82.1 innings and a 1.97 ERA) has an edge over Miley (50 strikeouts in 80.2 innings and a 2.57 ERA). On the flip side, the Brewers are an NL-best 51-30 at home and have a near-invincible weapon in Hader, who has pitched nine scoreless innings and allowed just five hits (and no runs) since the team's NL Central tie-breaking win over the Chicago Cubs.It's a coin-flip game, but the guess is Ryu fares well and the Dodgers get to Miley (and/or his successor) early. Look for the L.A. bullpen to then hold on late as the Dodgers take the pennant.