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Aaron Judge Returns to Yankees Lineup Day After AL East Clinch

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees rounds second base after hitting a two run home run during the third inning of their game against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on September 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Aaron Judge did not play in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels after injuring his right shoulder on Wednesday when he attempted to make a diving catch.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone didn't believe it was serious and said that he'd return quickly. Yankees fans will be glad to hear he wasn't lying, because Judge is back in the starting lineup on Friday, a day after the Yankees clinched the AL East.

Judge will not start in his usual right field. The Yankee slugger will be tonight's designated hitter against Toronto.

Another obvious omission is Giancarlo Stanton, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Thursday. Clint Frazier will start in right field and bat seventh, while Tyler Wade will get the start in left and hit ninth.

Even after a night of celebrating, Boone is rolling out his regulars, including Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu.

Veteran southpaw J.A. Happ will get the start tonight against his former team.