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Londoners going to get up-close look at Yankees juggernaut



Aaron Judge London Stadium, the site of the 2012 Olympics, wants to be reconfigured to host a Major League Baseball game. But it's about 385 feet to the wall in the center of the field, which is 5 feet shorter than dead center at Fenway Park and nearly 20 feet shorter than Yankee Stadium.

"I do not mind that all," Judge said, smiling like a lion.

Gleyber Torres is slipping a walk-off. It's as if it's all in the morning single in the ninth inning, giving the Yankees an 8-7 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

The ensuing Gatorade bath completed a 9-1 home with the Yankees (52-28) bubbling with confidence as they head to London, where they'll meet the rival Red Sox in the first regular-season MLB games ever played in Europe.

"I know the boys are excited and can not wait to get over there," Judge said ,

The ballpark inside what is basically a soccer stadium will be reportedly 330 feet down the lines, which is deeper than Yankee Stadium, but will be short in center. And the Yankees and Red Sox wants to be on the first time in their ancient series.

The home team did not flinch when starter James Paxton was banged up for five runs over the first two innings. But the Blue Jays' lead was done by Didi Gregorius and DJ LeMahieu. Zack Britton, who was closing because Aroldis Chapman was unavailable.

But then Gregorius got hit on an infield hit, advanced to second on a walk and scored on Torres' walk-off to right-center field. It was almost as if the ninth-inning heroics were expected.

The home was included three-game sweeps of Tampa.

"It's not like many runs, it's like we're in the game," Judge said Bay and Toronto wrapped around three of four against the Astros. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said: "It's an impressive accomplishment considering the Yankees are not at full strength."

"Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "You take those and you feel good about them. To rack up wins like that is great.

The only downer of the Yankees had to endure what the news outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was returning to the IL with a strain to his PCL. He wants to be re-evaluated in 1

0 days. At this point, bad injury news does not rattle them. Judge said.

Boone does not anticipate much disruption in the Yankees normal routine in London. The team will have two days off before games on Saturday and Sunday.

"It's different," Boone said. "We're going to London. But

The NFL and NBA have been playing games in Europe for a number of years, and many coaches try to emphasize it as a business trip and not a sight-seeing tour. But the Yankees seem to be hoping for a bit of both.

Boone said he is confident they will treat the journey as professionals ,

"I give the guys credit," he said.

The Bronx or London.


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