MIAMI — Aaron Judge certainly knew what to expect in his first career All-Star Game: a lot of heat.
“Pitchers aren’t going to be lobbing it in there,” Judge, who won the Home Run Derby, said jokingly. “I just want to go out there, try to have fun and make contact. I’m competing against the best of the best.”
Facing Max Scherzer, Carlos Martinez and Alex Wood, the Yankees’ 25-year-old rookie sensation went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, ground out and fly out for the American League team on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. The American League defeated the National League 2-1 in 10 innings in what is now just an exhibition game.
“He’s probably exhausted from all those home runs he hit,” Dellin Betances said.
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Judge batted third and started in right field for the AL squad after leading all AL players with nearly 4.5 million votes. He played four innings in the field and was replaced by Justin Upton at the start of the fifth.
Judge became just the third rookie of all-time to start and bat third in an All-Star Game, joining Joe DiMaggio (1936) and Dick Wakefield (1943).
Judge struck out in his first at-bat against Scherzer, a two-time Cy Young award winner. He got down 0-2 and then worked the count full before fanning on a nasty 88-mph slider.
“He’s a bulldog out there on the mound,” Judge said of Scherzer. “He’s a competitor. If he’s only throwing one inning, he’s going to get it up there near 100, so it should be exciting.”
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Martinez got Judge to ground out to shortstop on a 99.2 mph fastball in his second at-bat. And Wood got Judge to fly out to center field on an 84-mph changeup in his third and final at-bat.
Judge, who has hit an MLB-leading 30 homers and heads into the second half of the season as the favorite to capture both AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP honors, received loud cheers upon his pregame introduction in the starting lineup.
Betances, making his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance, threw a shaky third inning, but managed to strand the bases loaded.
Betances struck out Charlie Blackmon and Giancarlo Stanton but also allowed a single, two walks and threw two wild pitches. He registered as high as 99.7 mph on the radar gun, and got Daniel Murphy to ground out to third to end the threat.
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“I feel like he’s a guy you can go up there and just take,” Bryce Harper, who drew one of those free passes, was caught saying on FOX’s microphone while at first base. “He’ll walk you.”
Betances became just the fourth pitcher in All-Star history to throw two wild pitches in an inning.
“With Bryce Harper, he put up a good at-bat. It started off 0-2, and I lost him there. I couldn’t get him to chase,” Betances said. “And then I felt like I got a little out of whack with the next guy (walking Buster Posey) and then I was able to settle down.”
The 29-year-old setup man registered a 14.29 ERA with 12 walks in his last eight games of the first half after a sensational start.
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Starlin Castro (hamstring) did not play. Castro is expected to play a pair of rehab games with Double-A Trenton on Thursday and Friday before hopefully rejoining the Yankees over the weekend in Boston.
Gary Sanchez, playing in his first All-Star Game, came into catch in the sixth and grounded out to second base in the seventh.
Luis Severino was selected for his first All-Star Game but did not see any action.
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