Yan­kees’ Judge, Sanchez in Home Run Derby

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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the Baby Bombers who lead the New York Yan­kees’ of­fence, will par­tic­i­pate in the Ma­jor League Base­ball all-star game’s Home Run Derby at Miami on July 10.

Judge, a twenty-five-year-old rookie who home­red in his first ma­jor-league at-bat last Au­gust, leads the ma­jors with 27 home runs and tops the Amer­i­can League with a .327 bat­ting av­er­age and 62 RBIs.

“I’m ex­cited,” he said Mon­day. “We’ve got a good group of guys go­ing. Get­ting a chance to go up against Gary is go­ing to be fun. So I think we’re both look­ing for­ward to that.”

Sanchez, from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, is hit­ting .289 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs de­spite miss­ing time with a strained bi­ceps.

“I think it’s go­ing to be spe­cial,” Sanchez said through a trans­la­tor. “I’m pretty sure the fans are go­ing to en­joy it. I’m pretty sure that the ex­cite­ment will be through the roof, and if I don’t win I want Judge to win.”

New York made the an­nounce­ment Mon­day on Twit­ter be­fore its game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Judge ac­knowl­edged a while back that he’d been in­vited by Ma­jor League Base­ball to par­tic­i­pate but said he didn’t think the tim­ing was right to an­nounce a de­ci­sion. Fo­cused on the Yan­kees’ sea­son, he wanted to wait un­til all-star ros­ters were re­vealed Sun­day night.

Mar­lins slug­ger Gian­carlo Stan­ton will de­fend his ti­tle. Los An­ge­les Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, who leads the Na­tional League with 24 homers, also said he will com­pete.

De­spite his prodi­gious power and league­lead­ing num­bers, the six-foot-seven Judge said he won’t feel any added pres­sure to win the derby at spa­cious Mar­lins Park.

“I’m just go­ing out there to have fun,” he said. Trout to miss all-star game be­cause of in­jured thumb

ANA­HEIM, CALIF. — Amer­i­can League MVP Mike Trout will miss the all-star game while re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing his left thumb.

The Los An­ge­les An­gels star out­fielder tore the ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in the thumb on May 28 dur­ing a head­first slide and had surgery three days later to re­pair the lig­a­ment and dor­sal cap­sule. The team said Mon­day he will work out Tues­day at Class A In­land Em­pire.

An­gels gen­eral man­ager Bill Ep­pler said in a state­ment Mon­day “based on the time­line es­tab­lished for Mike to re­turn from his thumb in­jury, he will be re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing into the all-star break and will there­fore not be able par­tic­i­pate in the all-star fes­tiv­i­ties.”

Trout is bat­ting .337 with 16 homers.

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