With the New York Yankeestrying to get their organization back in shape by going for young players and prospects in their farm system, they've started to think ahead by calling up two touted players from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The first baseman Tyler Austin and outfielder Aaron Judge made their major league debut on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays and did something no one saw coming.

Youth Movement

At 60-56, three and a half games out of the American League wild-card race, the Yankees this season have had an up and down season so far. The "No Runs DMC" trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapmanbrought joy to die-hard Yankee fans and quickly collapsed when Chapman and Betances got traded away.

Center fielder Carlos Beltran, who lead the Yankees in several offensive categories, was also dealt away, as the Yankees tried to make their team younger.Not being in the picture for front runners for the postseason has given the Yankees the chance to think about what is best for the organization and what to do with their team full of aging superstars, whose years are starting to get behind them.

On top of it all, veterans first baseman Mark Teixeira and Designated Hitter Alex Rodriguezhave decided to call it quits. Texeira announced on August 5 that he would retire at the end of the season, after 14 big league seasons, while Rodriguez announced in a press conference on Sunday that he would play his final major league game on Friday against the Rays after the Yankees release him.

The 41-year-old former 14 all-star and three-time MVP had struggled all season, only batting .200 with 9 HRs and four shy of reaching the 700 HR club, and is still owed money from the ten years, $275 million contracts thathe signed with the Yankees in 2007.

On Friday night, his final game in pinstripes, he went 1-4 with a RBI double as the Yankees beat the Rays6-3, bringing the end of a marvelous, yet controversial 22-year major league career.

New Faces deliver big

The following day, the Yankees called up Judge and Austin, as there was now more roster space, and were inserted into the starting lineup against the Rays, with Austin batting seventh, playing first base, and Judge, batting eight and starting in right field.

Before the start of the game, the Yankees had a special surprise for fans in the house, as the 1996 championship Yankees were honored and familiar faces like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill, Joe Torre, and so much more came to celebrate the honor. After the ceremonies, it was play ball.

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanakaheld the Rays to four runs on five hits in seven innings of work, but the highlights of the contest came from the new guys themselves.

In the bottom of the second inning with two outs, Austin stepped up to the plate for the first time and on a 2-2 count, smashed an HR to right field and scoring the first run of the game.

Judge stepped up next on a 1-2, he crushed the ball of Rays starter Matt Andriese to deep center, landing over monument park. Fans roared and were amazed to see such deliverance from some new faces and with more help on home runs from the second baseman Starlin Castro, left fielder Aaron Hicks, and shortstop Didi Gregorious, the Yankees won 8-4.

What's Next?

Austin and Judge made history that day as the first rookies to hit back-to-back home runs in their first big league at bats. The Yankees are making good on their promise of getting younger players and with the addition of Judge and Austin, the team is slowly starting to get to being a competitive team.

With the additions of catcher Gary Sanchez as well, new faces are exactly what the Yankees need at this time. It might be a slow process, but with some changes, the Yankees could be a championship team once again.

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