After tooth scare, Yanks’ Aaron Judge visits dentist, starts vs Rays

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge catches the ball during a pause between innings of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is back in the starting lineup, a day after he accidentally lost half of his front left tooth during a home-plate celebration.

Judge was set to play Friday night against Tampa Bay.

The AL home run leader saw a dentist earlier in the day and got a temporary fix.

On Thursday night, Judge was jarred when Brett Gardner’s batting helmet accidentally popped him in the mouth. Gardner hit a winning home run in the bottom of the 11th inning and tossed his helmet as he approached the plate.

Judge picked up the helmet because he worried someone might step on it. Instead, he got hit by the helmet during all the jostling.

Judge says he will later see the dentist for a permanent fix. He was playing right field and batting third against the Rays.

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