NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge is not concerned about a relatively quiet series north of the border, and the Yankees slugger hopes a little home cooking will boost his offensive performance.Judge produced three hits in 15 at-bats (.200) during the season-opening four-game set against the Blue Jays, including a double.
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge is not concerned about a relatively quiet series north of the border, and the Yankees slugger hopes a little home cooking will boost his offensive performance.
Judge produced three hits in 15 at-bats (.200) during the season-opening four-game set against the Blue Jays, including a double. He worked three walks and struck out six times, going hitless in two of the contests.
"I feel good. They're just making great pitches," Judge said. "I've got to stay patient and hunt those mistakes, not chase stuff out of the zone or get away from my approach. It doesn't turn out too well. Sometimes you've got to tip your cap when they're painting stuff on the corner. But you can't give up, got to keep battling and make some adjustments."
Judge, who led the American League with 127 walks last season, said that he was encouraged by the pair of free passes that he worked in Sunday's 7-4 loss at Toronto.
"That's the biggest thing for me. As long as I can get on base, with the type of guys we've got hitting behind me, good things are going to happen," Judge said. "I've just got to stay patient, take my walks when I can, hunt the mistakes and get on base."
On the day that he was introduced as the Yankees' manager, Aaron Boone acknowledged that his position would come with scrutiny, and there would be days when his decisions didn't work out. As such, Boone said that he hasn't been sweating over Sunday's intentional walk to Josh Donaldson.
Though the outcome -- a Justin Smoak grand slam -- was suboptimal, Boone is comfortable with the process that he and his coaches used.
"I'm not a big believer in throwing extra guys on base, but I think there are important times in the game where you have a decision to make," Boone said. "There's a lot of debate on that kind of decision yesterday and I understand, but I felt like we made the best decision. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but that's sports and that's baseball."
Cameras captured Player Page for David Robertson nodding toward first base, indicating that he wanted to face Smoak instead of Donaldson. Boone said that was "a final check," validating the call made by Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. What if Robertson had preferred to face Donaldson?
"I don't know if it necessarily would've changed our mind," Boone said. "It could've impacted our decision. It might've got us a visit. We might have gone out there to buy a little time or if Larry wanted to go and have that conversation, we would've talked through that. But I think it just confirmed in our mind the matchup that we preferred."
Boone's father, Bob, is in New York this week. As a former big league manager, he has been offering advice to his son, but the former catcher in him has also emerged. The elder Boone has been especially impressed by Gary Sanchez, raving about the backstop's seventh-inning throw on Saturday that cut down Curtis Granderson at second base.
"He said Gary's throw the other night might've been the best throw he's ever seen, which is what I turned on the bench and said," Boone said. "And I was like, 'That's exactly what I said!'"
• Boone is planning to have Giancarlo Stanton play left field, with Brett Gardner in center field and Judge in right field, for both games against Tampa Bay this week.
• Adam Warren (right ankle contusion) "was smiling and said he felt pretty good" on Monday morning, according to Boone, who believes the right-hander could be ready to pitch on Tuesday if needed.
• The Yankees voided the Minor League option of Ben Heller and placed the right-hander on the 10-day DL with a bone spur in his right elbow. The move is retroactive to last Tuesday.
• The club announced Monday that it signed veteran left-hander Oliver Perez to a Minor League contract on Friday.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.