TAMPA — Aaron Judge was confused. Greg Bird thought an infielder was being blocked by an umpire.
Say hello to a hitter walking into the batter’s box and seeing an infielder moving to the outfield to provide four defenders.
“I was confused. I didn’t know what was going on until after,’’ Judge said of seeing four outfielders when he came to the plate in the first inning of Saturday’s 17-7 trouncing of the Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “I saw two guys in the gaps. Looking at the pitcher I saw two guys in the gaps. I guess the center fielder must be in the middle and those guys in the gaps pretty tight. It was a little different to see.’’
With second baseman Richard Urena in the right-center gap to protect against Judge’s ability to hit the ball that way, Judge crushed a pitch from lefty Thomas Pannone over the St. Joseph’s Hospital pavilion in left field in the first inning.