TAMPA — Aaron Judge’s two-strike approach seems to be working. The right fielder went deep to center on an 0-2 pitch in the second inning of the Yankees’ 14-1 rout of the Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday.
“Getting results are always good,’’ said Judge, who has five homers this spring. “But I’m looking more at the quality of the at-bats to make sure I’m swinging at the right pitches.”
Judge also doubled in his first at-bat before he left the game in the third inning because manager Aaron Boone intends to play Judge four out of the next five days.
“He’s pretty dialed in, but he’s relentless in the little things he’s working on,’’ Boone said. “We feel he’s built up [with playing time], so we want to keep him sharp and don’t want to wear him down.”
Judge also talked to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who spent time in camp for a second straight spring.
“His preparation is what I go back to,’’ Judge said. “He’s the quarterback of a team that he’s taken to Super Bowls and won. He shows that you can’t slack off at all. When you’re the leader of a team, people look to you.”
As for Wilson, he said unlike last spring, he won’t appear in a game because the Yankees are close to the start of the regular season and he doesn’t want to be “a distraction. I got my hacks in last year.”
Troy Tulowitzki struck out and walked in two plate appearances, but general manager Brian Cashman said he’s not looking for the 34-year-old to do anything differently than any other experienced player in camp, despite having missed the last year and a half with leg and foot injuries.
“We’re all-in,’’ Cashman said of the team’s attitude about Tulowitzki as their shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from offseason Tommy John surgery.
“He’s been great defensively. He had 12 at-bats where he didn’t swing bat well, and the last two games he swung the bat better. He’s getting his sea legs under him and knocking the rust out. He’s our shortstop. I’m not gonna apply to him anything different than any other regulars that we’re committed to. It’s spring training. He’s a vet and just getting himself ready.”
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 and still has just one extra-base hit this Grapefruit League season.
Despite Sanchez coming off a horrific season, Cashman said he’s not judging his spring training.
“I know we feel lucky we have Gary Sanchez behind the plate,’’ the GM said. “He’s a true difference-maker and he’s an advantage for our club every time we take the field with him as our catcher.’’
Aroldis Chapman faced just one batter because he is scheduled to pitch on back-to-back days for the first time this spring with another appearance Saturday.
Lefty Stephen Tarpley pitched two more scoreless innings in his bid to make the bullpen. The 26-year-old didn’t allow a baserunner and fanned three. He’s unscored upon in seven appearances covering 8 ²/₃ innings. “His stuff has been pretty electric,’’ Boone said.
Former Met Jenrry Mejia, on a minor league deal with Boston, retired all three batters he faced in the third: Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar and Sanchez.
Brett Gardner ran hard into the center field wall to catch a Steve Pearce fly ball in the first. He also had another hit, and is 9-for-20 this spring. “He’s had a little extra pep in his step,’’ Judge said. “It’s fun to watch.”
Saturday’s schedule: J.A. Happ will face the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. at Steinbrenner Field.