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Aaron Judge out of Yankees lineup Thursday vs. Red Sox with lower body soreness

The Yankees will be without their star Thursday.

New York Yankees v Pittsburgh Pirates
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is seen in action during inter-league play against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 6, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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The New York Yankees will not have Aaron Judge in the lineup as they go up against their heated rivals in the Boston Red Sox Thursday. Judge is dealing with lower body soreness and while this appears to be a workload issue, manager Aaron Boone is taking no chances.

Judge hit a grand slam in yesterday’s win over the Pirates, one of two late slams for the Yankees. The slugger is the MVP frontrunner on DraftKings Sportsbook and has not taken a scheduled day off in a while. That likely contributed to some muscle soreness for Judge and given his importance to the Yankees, there’s no reason to push him at this point in the season.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Yankees are -155 moneyline favorites against the Red Sox Thursday even with Judge out. We’ll see if New York’s offense can keep things going without their star.