Hopefully that will mark the end of a second half-opening slump from Judge, who was 4-for-29 since the break entering Friday's game. The fact that judge added productive plate appearances with a walk and sacrifice fly to his home run suggest he just might be seeing the ball well again.
Almonte's blast, his third of the year, was part of an eight-run seventh inning that blew the top off the game. He's now slashing .248/.336/.416 through 41 games, but's the 28-year-old has been hot lately. Since being activated from the DL (biceps) on July 5, Almonte is 9-for-27 (.333) with a pair of home runs, four RBI and three runs.
Conforto crushed his 17th and 18th bombs of the campaign to help lead the Mets to a home win. He's been an absolute fantasy superstar this year, as he's rewarded fantasy managers with a .289/.406/.570 slash line.
He grimaced while running to first base on a fielder's choice. Polanco missed time with the same injury earlier in the season. John Jaso replaced him, but Adam Frazier could also see more action.
Phillips smashed his second homer of the season to put the Brewers on the board in the second inning of a losing effort. In his two stints with the big club this season, Phillips hasn't seen enough at-bats to warrant use in most weekly lineups, but he's been productive when he's received opportunities. When he's in the starting nine, Phillips' .545 slugging percentage might be enough to make him worthy of a low-cost dart throw in daily leagues.
The veteran outfielder is batting just .177 over the past 30 games, so he'll head to the bench for a night off. The Yankees will go with an alignment of Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge in the outfield, which could become a trend if Ellsbury is unable to pick things up at the plate.
Fuentes will be shut down for the next few days while he deals with a left thumb contusion. He was placed on the DL prior to Wednesday's game, and should be able to return once he's eligible July 29, barring any setbacks.
Although the hand contusion seemed like a minor injury for Martinez, these test results confirmed that he will not be out for long. He could make his return to the lineup for Saturday's game, but the Diamondbacks may choose to stress patience for their most recent acquisition. In his place, David Peralta earned the start in right field during Friday's series opener against Washington.
Revere is expected to pick up the bulk of the playing time in left field while Cameron Maybin (knee) is sidelined, but with left-hander Chris Sale tossing for Boston, Revere will head to the bench for a night off. Shane Robinson will take over in left field to replace him.
Pederson will take a seat while the Dodgers face left-hander Jaime Garcia on Friday for the series opener. In his place, Enrique Hernandez draws the start in center while batting sixth.