On the one hand, "Big Sexy" made Judge look positively silly in their first meeting, striking him out looking on a two-seam fastball. On the other hand, the 44-year-old is reportedly contemplating retirement after allowing eight hits and four runs in four innings of work. He'll get another shot against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, but depending on the result this could be the end of ol' Bartolo.
Brian Dozier, Twins second baseman (UP ↑)
A rocket of a throw by Aaron Judge aside, Dozier has been on a tear lately, and has at least one hit in his last six games. He kicked off the Twins' matchup with the New York Yankees on Wednesday with a double, a day after hitting his second triple of the season. He has three multi-hit games over that span, and has flashed some nifty moves on defense as well.
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The City of Mankato (DOWN ↓)
After more than 50 years in Mankato the Vikings are moving out, robbing the southern Minnesota city of one of its major claims to fame. Everyone who has ever gone to training camp in Mankato has at least one story of chasing down Randy Moss for an autograph or spotting Adrian Peterson in their favorite bar. Things are likely to be a bit different with the Vikings holed up in their new Eagan headquarters.
Let's be real here, also the City of Mankato (UP ↑)
It's going to be alright, Mankato. Training camp is always a sweaty, sunburnt mess, and we usually don't learn much anyway. Was sitting on a hot metal bench while McLeod Bethel-Thompson or Taylor Heinicke threw passes to the ninth receiver on the roster really worth all the trouble?
Rebekkah Brunson, Lynx forward (UP ↑)
The Lynx are sending four players to the WNBA All-Star Game for a record third season. Brunson was named to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement after center Brittney Griner was ruled out with ankle and knee ailments. Now a four-time All-Star, Brunson is averaging 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in her 14th NBA season.
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Zack Granite, Twins outfielder (UP ↑)
The Granite experiment has produced mixed results so far, but the rookie provided one of the biggest moments of the Twins' second-inning outburst against the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Granite registered the first RBI of his career on a two-out single, scoring a pair of runs to put the Twins in front.