For the first time this season, Aaron Boone filled out his lineup card without writing Aaron Judge’s name. That couldn’t have been easy for the Yankees’ manager, but given the injury woes that have hovered over his team like a black cloud, Boone continued to keep a positive outlook.
“When you’ve been in this game long enough, adversity is a reality,” Boone said before Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium. “It’s going to come in different shapes, sizes and forms throughout the course of the season, and you never really know. You’ve got to be able to deal with it and roll with it.”
The Yankees handled the first day of Judge’s absence just as Boone had hoped they would, grinding out a 10-inning, 7-6 victory over the Royals after losing a five-run lead in the eighth. Austin Romine, who tied the game with an RBI single in the eighth, delivered the game-winner in the 10th, another run-scoring hit that gave the Yankees their first walk-off win of 2019.