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LEADING OFF: Yankees set to play 3 doubleheaders in 5 days

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A tarp covers the infield at Truist Park as a sign announces that the baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves has been postponed because of inclement weather, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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TRIPLE DOUBLES

Aaron Judge has rejoined the Yankees just in time for the team’s rugged patch -- three doubleheaders in a span of five days.

New York’s game against the Braves was rained out Tuesday, creating a twinbill in Atlanta. That will be followed by doubleheaders Friday and Sunday vs. the Mets at Yankee Stadium.

“That’s 2020, baby,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ve got to figure it out. It’s a challenge. Obviously, these seven-inning (doubleheader) games makes it a little more doable, where it’s not as daunting, but there’s no question we’re heading into a tough stretch here.”

The Yankees haven’t played since last Thursday. Their three-game Subway Series against the Mets over the weekend was postponed because of coronavirus concerns.

Judge and Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. came off the injured list Tuesday. Ian Anderson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 and the Braves’ top pitching prospect, had been set to make his major league debut and face Gerrit Cole (4-0), who has a 20-game winning streak in the regular season.

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