NEW YORK (AP) — A hearing between Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees will take place Friday to determine the pay of the three-time All-Star for the 2022 season.
Whatever gets settled, the verdict has already arrived in the Bronx:
The judge is going to be worth every penny.
The steady, 6-foot-7 slugger lined up a game-winning single on the eve of his arbiter performance, scoring a four-run ninth inning that included Aaron Hicks tied a three-run homer Closer of Ryan Pressley in the Yankees’ 7-6 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
Batting with two against René Stanek, Judge smoked a 3-0 splitter in the left-field corner to score Jose Trevino from second base. It was the Yankees’ ninth walk-off victory in 70 games this season—their most since 1943—and when they entered the last inning with only two hits, it was unlikely.
“There’s a sign on the way to the dugout that says, ‘Do your job,'” the judge said. “That’s what I tried to do in that situation.”
Unknown salary job, for now. The 30-year-old will have an unusual in-season arbitration hearing on Friday – the rules are usually done in the off-season, but were pushed to earlier this year due to the sport’s labor lockdown.
The judges are asking for $21 million. New York has offered $17 million. The three-person panel would be charged with choosing one salary or the other – with nothing in between.
The hearing comes after the sides failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract before a judge’s opening-day deadline this spring, meaning No. 99 has to pursue a free agent deal elsewhere after the season. The Yankees might leave.
When asked about Friday’s meeting, the judge smiled and said, “We’ll talk later.”
“We always hope for the best for our people in mediation and things like that,” Hicks said. “We want him here as a Yankee.”
New York began a highly anticipated four-game series between the top two teams in the American League, winning 22 games for the 19th time and improving to 52–18—the third-best 70-game start in the majors since 1930.
New York extended their home winning streak to 15 games, the team’s longest series since 1961.
The Yankees entered Thursday tied for the major league lead with 20 comeback wins. Number 21 might be on top of them all.
Giancarlo Stanton, Joe hit a three-run homer In the first inning, Pressley led the ninth with a walk against, and Gleber Torres drew another during the plate appearance which included a lengthy delay because Torres had something in his eye.
Switch-hitting Hicks then dug in from the left and without a doubt crushed in right field, just the third hit for the Yankees all night and the first since Stanton’s homer.
Hicks’s third homer of the season drove a crowd of 44,071 into frenzy.
“It was a playoff atmosphere right there,” the judge said.
Isiah Kinner-Falefa followed with an infield single, but was thrown out in an attempt to steal the second – a close call via replay.
Trevino scored a singles single, prompting manager Dusty Baker to pull Presley (1–2), a two-time All-Star who had entered 18 career matches against the Yankees, including the postseason, with a 5.71 ERA.
Stanek walks DJ Lemahieu, then the judge goes 3-0 down as fans chant “MVP!” to the slugger. mantra
“I knew I was about to get the job done,” Judge said after the third walk-off hit of his career and second this season.
“That’s when the game is at its best, moments like these,” he said. “The crowd is on its feet, the game is on the line. Those are the moments in your backyard you dream about.”
Miguel Castro (4-0) played non-stop for the win.
The Astros’ Alex Bregman And Stanton exchanged three-run homers in the first inning, and Houston’s Jordan Alvarez broke another three-run drive against Yankees starter Jameson Talon in the third.
Astros starter Framber Valdez stabilized himself after a rocky first innings. Jose Altuve got three hits and Right fielder Kyle Tucker robbed a potential homer for Houston in the eighthBut the Astros fell 43-26 in a rare down night for the major bullpen.
“Things started to unravel and we couldn’t put it back,” Baker said.
In the first innings, Valdez scored in six innings of seven overs, conceding just three runs for two hits. He looked ready to go deeper into the game until Anthony Rizzo made a 16-pitch walk in the sixth. Valdez was pulled after 101 pitches.
Hector Neris finished seventh and Tucker helped Rafael Monteiro to finish eighth.
Talon allowed a season-high six, interrupting a stellar first half after years of being interrupted by health problems. Houston had 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against a right-handed batsman.
Alvarez, a two-time homebody against the Mets on Wednesday night, made a low line drive of 113 mph in the short right-field porch of Yankee Stadium in third. Alvarez’s 22 homers are only behind Judge’s 27 for the major league lead.
Astros: SS Jeremy Pea (thumb trouble) served on the field, and Houston planned to evaluate him later. …of Jake Meyers (left shoulder surgery) rejoined the team after completing a minor league rehab assignment but did not activate.
Yankee: Traded RHP David McKay to Tampa Bay for Cash, selected RHP Clark Schmidt for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and added RHP Albert Abreu to the active roster.
Astros ace Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.30 ERA) pitches at Yankee Stadium for the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 AL Championship Series, 4-1 defeat of Houston. He is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 career starts in the ballpark. He will take on New York RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 3.27) on Friday night.