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 Posted: Thu Mar 30th, 2017 09:40 pm
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After a hotly contested battle between the powerful Aaron Judge and the defensively gifted Aaron Hicks during spring training, the New York Yankees have made their decision ahead of Opening Day.

Manager Joe Girardi announced Thursday that Judge won the competition and will enter the season as the Yankees' starting right fielder, while Hicks will be on the roster as the fourth outfielder, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Judge secured the spot with a strong spring, slashing .345/.406/.569 with three home runs and six RBIs in 58 at-bats.

The 24-year-old rookie - who was ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Yankees' system according to MLB Pipeline - appeared in 27 games for the club in 2016, striking out 42 times in 84 at-bats.

Girardi also named 23-year-old right-hander Luis Severino as the team's fourth starter, with competition for the fifth spot expected to continue in the minors. Meanwhile, Ronald Torreyes will slot in as the Yankees' Opening Day shortstop, replacing the injured Didi Gregorius.