Yankees’ Aaron Judge warmed up for All-Star Game by hanging with pair of NBA greats

Aaron Judge had an All-Star break to remember. And it had nothing to do with his 0-for-2 performance in the game on Tuesday.

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TMZ reports the New York Yankees slugger attended the Fanatics ASG bash in downtown in Los Angeles on Monday, where he ran into Philadelphia 76ers stars James Harden and Joel Embiid, as well as rap artist Travis Scott.

TMZ Sports has some pics from the festivities — and you can see Judge, rockin’ a custom blazer with a white shirt underneath, seemed to be enjoying himself big time as he chatted with the celebs at the venue. AJ was grinnin’ ear to ear while talking with Scott and Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin — and he later posed for a pic with the two plus Joel Embiid and James Harden.

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When it came time to play ball Tuesday, Judge was in the starting lineup as the leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting. Judge had a pair of strikeouts but watched teammate Giancarlo Stanton take home MVP honors in the American League’s 3-2 win. Stanton drilled a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to get the AL on the board.

First-time All-Star Jose Trevino got into the game late and went 1-for-2. Left-hander Nestor Cortes pitched a scoreless sixth inning with a pair of strikeouts. Clay Holmes took the mound in the eighth inning and didn’t allow a run over 0.2 innings. The Yankees’ final All-Star, Gerrit Cole, didn’t play in the game since he started Sunday against the Boston Red Sox.

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Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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