Slumping Judge still getting it done defensively

The Twins briefly considered asking for a review, as Dozier’s left hand reached the plate at about the same time Romine applied Judge’s tag, but manager Paul Molitor eventually waved off home-plate umpire Brian O’Nora. It was Judge’s fourth outfield assist this season.

Judge won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at last week’s festivities at Marlins Park, outslugging Sano in the finals, but went just 1-for-18 with six strikeouts in a four-game weekend series at Fenway Park. However, one of those outs would have been his Major League-leading 31st home run had Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. not brought it back in the eighth inning Sunday evening.

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NYY@BOS: Bradley Jr. makes a sensational leaping grab

Jackie Bradley Jr. makes an unbelievable leaping catch at the wall, robbing Aaron Judge of a home run

“I think there were pitches that he probably missed that a lot of times he hits,” Girardi said before Monday’s game. “You’re going to go through that over the course of a season. It’s not unusual. He continues to have that smile on his face and play loose. I haven’t seen him press.”

Judge has often said that if he’s not contributing at the plate, his goal is to make a play on defense. Though some pundits have sparked early conversation about a potential Home Run Derby hangover, Judge said that thought has not crossed his mind.

“I’m happy with a lot of the swings I took the past couple of days,” Judge said. “You don’t get any results for that. That’s baseball.”

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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