Aaron Judge batting sixth, Luis Severino pitching second in 2018 MLB All-Star Game
Judge, starting in left field and batting sixth in the lineup, makes his second straight appearance in the All-Star Game, becoming the first Yankee to start in at least two straight All-Star Games since Robinson Cano did it from 2010-2013.
Severino, slated to follow Chris Sale, will also be making a return trip to the AL All-Star squad after earning his first selection in 2017.
Judge has followed up his historic 2017 Rookie of the Year campaign with yet another outstanding first half for the Bombers, amassing 25 home runs and 60 RBI while slashing .276/.392/.544 over his first 93 games this year.
Severino has been equally as dominant on the mound, already matching his 2017 win total with an MLB-leading 14 victories at the break, along with a sparkling 2.31 ERA. Sevy has allowed three-or-fewer runs in all but two of his 20 starts on the season, and could be in line to bring home his first Cy Young Award if he's able to replicate his first half down the stretch.
AL manager A.J. Hinch announced his team's starting lineup on Monday and gave the nod to Sale for the starting role, an honor many baseball fans felt Severino might have earned thanks to his first-half performance.
All-Star Weekend kicked off on Sunday with the MLB Futures Game, and continues Monday night in Washington D.C. as the annual fan-favorite Home Run Derby event will take place. The All-Star Game itself follows Tuesday night, where Judge and Severino will get a chance to showcase their skills on the national stage.
The Yankees 2018 season will resume on Friday night in the Bronx as they gear up for another Subway Series battle against the crosstown rival Mets. The Bombers will begin the second half trailing Boston by 4.5 games as they look to keep pace in the AL East and make their way back to the postseason.
The official starting lineup for the 2018 AL All-Stars! pic.twitter.com/dnlVJE2D1o- FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 16, 2018