Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his 61st home run of the season, a two-run shot, against the Toronto Blue Jays and acknowledges his family during seventh inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. (Nathan Denette/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge isn't in the starting lineup for New York's regular-season finale Wednesday, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris' 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won't opening post-season play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night's game that they would have a conversation “and see what makes the most sense.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing AL batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

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