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    This winter, Nestor Cortes called pitching coach Matt Blake, just to check and make sure he had a spot on the big league roster. A 38th-round draft pick who has had to earn every start and promotion in his career, Cortes didn’t want to leave anything to chance. And Saturday, he made sure that the Yankees have him in their plans for big spots in the playoffs. While the packed Yankee Stadium hoped to see Aaron Judge hit a historic 62nd home run of the season, they were instead treated to yet another brilliant start by Cortes. He struck out a dozen and allowed just one hit as the Yankees rolled over the Orioles 8-0. The Yankees (97-60) won their 10th game out of their last 12. It was their 16th shutout of the season. Judge was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat, he walked twice and struck out swinging twice Saturday. It was his second game stuck on 61 home runs and trying to become the first American League player to best Roger Maris’  61 year old...
    Tickets prices to see the New York Yankees this weekend have continued to skyrocket as fans clamor to see Aaron Judge and his bid to seal the all-time home run record. Judge currently sits alongside Roger Maris on 61 homers this season, level for the American League record - and he has six more games to become the solo leader.  Front Office Sports have reported that ticket sales on StubHub this week have shot up 60% as fans try to secure their spot in the stadium for a potentially historic moment, with some seats behind home plate selling for an eyewatering $4,000. Aaron Judge is currently chasing history and needs one home run to become all-time leader Fans have been turning up in huge numbers every night in a bid to see Judge get No 62 On Friday night, the Yankees slugger couldn't manage a home run but he goes again today Tickets for this afternoon's game against the Orioles are selling on StubHub for over $4000 Judge hit home run 61 in Toronto earlier this week, but the Yankees...
    The Yankees locked up the playoffs a while ago. They are locked into the second seed in the American League and the first-round bye that comes with it. They can’t overtake the Astros for home-field advantage in these final seven games. Aaron Judge is still sitting on 61 home runs after going without a home run Friday night in the Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. But, there is still some importance to these last games for the Yankees (96-60). They have plenty of question marks about their playoff roster makeup that they need to figure out over this final regular-season series at the Stadium and the four games in Texas. They need to find answers about DJ LeMahieu, Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton among others before they make the decisions on who will be playing for them in the postseason. Judge went 1-for-2 with a single and three walks, but is still tied with Roger Maris for the most home runs hit in a single season by an American League or Yankee player. Oswaldo Cabrera seems...
    Aaron Judge will surely get a hero’s welcome when he returns home to the Bronx on Friday night. And further history may be in the making as No. 99 needs just one more — as John Sterling would say — “Judgian blast” to break the American League all-time single-season home run record of 61. Fans lucky enough to have tickets should be licking their chops as Judge has a favorable matchup this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees’ slugging superstar is slashing .397/.453/.931 with nine homers in 15 games against the O’s this season. Orioles skipper Brandon Hyde has Jordan Lyles, Austin Voth and Kyle Bradish lined up for the weekend series. While Judge has not faced Voth or Bradish this season, he is very familiar with Lyles who is Friday’s starter on short rest. Judge has five hits in 14 at-bats against Lyles this season. Two of those hits were homers. Fans at Yankee Stadium will lose their collective mind should Judge break the record at home on Friday night. While Judge played it cool most of the...
    Aaron Judge is now tied for the Yankees’ franchise and American League single-season home run record, however, according to Roger Maris Jr., he tied the all-time home run record on Wednesday night. Maris Jr. spoke to the media in Toronto on Wednesday night and took aim at steroid users in the late 1990s and early 2000s. “He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ,” Maris said after Judge matched Maris’ record-setting total of 61 homers with the Yankees in 1961. “I mean, that’s really who he is if he hits 62, and I think that’s what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something.” Maris added that he believes Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s home run seasons were illegitimate. His father’s record was “broken” in 1998 by McGwire when he hit 70 homers which was then broken by Bonds in 2001 with 73 homers. Maris doesn’t own an unpopular opinion as McGwire was open about taking steroids during his race for history, however,...
    Roger Maris Jr has sensationally claimed that Aaron Judge should be considered as the new holder of the record for the most runs in a single season after he tied for the milestone, set by Roger Maris, 61 years before.  The son of the Yankees legend, who passed away in 1985 at 51-years-old, was in the stands on Wednesday when Judge tied his father's record, established in 1961, in an emphatic 8-3 win for the Yankees against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.  'It means a lot, not just for me. I think it means a lot for a lot of people that he's clean, he's a Yankee, he plays the game the right way and I think he gives people a chance to look at somebody who should be revered for hitting 62 home runs and not just as a guy who did it in the American League,' said Maris Jr in a postgame interview after Judge's achievement.  Aaron Judge meets with Roger Maris Jr. after tying his father's 61 home run record Wednesday  Judge hit his 61st home...
    So now all the home run magic that had begun over 100 years ago with Babe Ruth, that had once run through the magical home run summer of 1961 with Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, had found its way to the Rogers Centre in Toronto because of Aaron Judge. Ruth had hit 60 and Maris had come along much later to hit 61. Now Aaron Judge had gotten to 61, because the ball he’d just hit off a Toronto reliever named Tim Mayza was out of the Rogers Centre and into Yankee history and into baseball history. Roger Maris Jr. hugged Judge’s mother in the first row of the stands then, in this moment when we all felt as if we had a front row seat to history, rose up to celebrate the season All Rise Judge is having. It had taken Maris 34 years to catch The Babe and pass him, to get to 60 and then to 61 in ‘61. It had taken so much more time for somebody to catch Maris the way Judge finally did on...
    YANKEES fans think Aaron Judge is staying in the Bronx - after the four-time All-Star dropped a huge hint on Monday night. Outfielder Judge, 30, is enjoying the best season of his career and currently sits on 60 home runs. 3Aaron Judge is enjoying the season of his lifeCredit: Reuters 3The right fielder has smacked 60 home runs this seasonCredit: AP 3MLB fans went wild after Judge wore a "New York or Nowhere" hoodie before Monday's gameCredit: Getty Images - Getty He needs just one more homer to tie Roger Matis' famous American League record, with ten games remaining in the regular season. Yankee fans were left disappointed on Sunday night after rain ruined Judge's chances against the Red Sox. Tickets for the match had rocketed to $9000 with home fans eager to see the Californian-born star reach the milestone at his home yard. Judge is in the final year of his Yankees contract and it remains to be seen if he'll stay with the organization next season. Read More on The US SunRAIN PAIN Yankee fans 'shell out...
    Now, even Mother Nature is getting in the way of Aaron Judge’s swing at history. The Yankees slugger would have led off the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday night, but rain and lightning closed in on the Stadium and the game was delayed before Judge could get his fourth at-bat of the night. So Judge went without a homer for the fifth straight game and heads to Toronto Sunday night, one home run shy of tying the American League single-season record. A small conciliation for the 46,707 at the Stadium Sunday night, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 2-0 in a weather-shortened, six-inning game. “I think anybody will want more at bats, but I think (if) you gonna ask everybody in that room that we’re excited we came away with a narrow victory and are one game closer to clinch in the division,” Judge said. The Yankees (94-58) won their seventh straight game and dropped their magic number to clinch the American League East down to two. The Bombers headed north to take on the Blue Jays, who trail...
    It was a busy day for American sports fans. A full early slate of college football games that were exciting to watch happened while a Yankee slugger tried to reach a record number of home runs. With Aaron Judge on the cusp of tying Roger Maris's American League single-season home run record of 61, ESPN made the decision to two-box the Yankees-Red Sox broadcast on YES Network with two games happening on ABC and ESPN. Fans watching No. 5 Clemson @ No. 21 Wake Forest on ABC and Missouri @ Auburn on ESPN suddenly had the play-by-play call of the college football games muted, while the audio and pictures from Michael Kay and the YES Network cut in while Judge was up to bat. It was only shown three times - when Judge was at the plate in the first, third, and fifth innings. Judge's at-bat in the seventh inning was not shown on ABC - as Clemson and Wake Forest were in the middle of overtime. ABC showed the result of his at-bat - a strikeout - after a...
    The Yankees got three home runs Saturday to beat the Red Sox 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, but the sold-out crowd of 47,611 left the ballpark disappointed. For the fourth straight game, the Bombers’ slugger Aaron Judge did not hit a home run, remaining one away from tying the 61 year old American League and franchise record of 61. With homers from Gleyber Torres, Oswaldo Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo, the Yankees (93-58) won their sixth straight game and closed within three games of clinching the AL East division title. For the first time since he hit his 60th home run of the season, Judge was challenged by a pitcher. Nick Pivetta went at him with three fastballs in the first inning, striking him out. In the third, Pivetta came with three fastballs, dropped in a knuckle curve and then got him to fly out to center on another fastball. In the fifth, Pivetta was a little more cautious but did challenge him with a 2-1 fastball down the middle which the slugger was late on and fouled off. They battled to...
    The Yankees got three home runs Saturday to beat the Red Sox 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, but the sold-out crowd of 47,611 left the ballpark disappointed. For the fourth straight game, the Bombers’ slugger Aaron Judge did not hit a home run, remaining one away from tying the 61 year old American League and franchise record of 61. With homers from Gleyber Torres, Oswaldo Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo, the  Yankees (93-58) won their sixth straight game and closed within three games of clinching the AL East division title. For the first time since he hit his 60th home run of the season, Judge was challenged by a pitcher. Nick Pivetta went at him with three fastballs in the first inning, striking him out. In the third, Pivetta came with three fastballs, dropped in a knuckle curve and then got him to fly out to center on another fastball. In the fifth, Pivetta was a little more cautious but did challenge him with a 2-1 fastball down the middle which the slugger was late on and fouled off. They battled to...
    Years ago, a wise person once said: “Baseball is the greatest game of all in spite of the people who run it.” This has never been truer than this weekend when, despite Rob Manfred’s Apple streaming MLB greed grab that deprived most of the country from TV viewership Friday night, Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols calmly went about their business of cleansing baseball’s soul from the steroids plague which previous commissioner Bud Selig took too long to get a handle on. Suddenly, and somewhat unexpectedly, baseball has found itself with a season of celebration of not one but two “clean” sluggers closing in on home run milestones — Judge breaking Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League record of 61 homers and Pujols becoming only the fourth player in history with 700 career homers. And wouldn’t you know, Pujols hit his two homers Friday night to join the exclusive club in the Cardinals’ game that was also exclusively Apple-streamed — so hardly anyone witnessed it unless you were in the ballpark. Shame on baseball. While Pujols’ feat will be his last hurrah as he...
    It was Josh Donaldson’s ground ball in the 10th that gave the Yankees their 16th walk-off win of the season and clinched a playoff spot for the Yankees on Thursday night, but it was Aaron Judge’s long fly ball in the bottom of the ninth that everyone will remember. Donaldson’s grounder to shortstop gave the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Red Sox, but much of the 43,123 at Yankee Stadium left disappointed. For the second straight night, Judge did not homer and he remains just one shy of the American League and Yankee record of 61 in a single season set by Roger Maris 1961. “I thought Judge had it with the homer but it was nice to be able to come through for the team,” Donaldson said. “I just keep plugging away and really just trying to put my best foot forward.” Judge finally connected on a ball Thursday night. After walking three times and striking out, the Yankees’ slugger came to the plate with one out in the ninth of the tied game and got two pitches...
    How high can he go? Aaron Judge’s home run total at the end of this season will almost certainly be stitched into the record books. The outfielder has 60 home runs with 15 games left to play in the regular season, one shy of Roger Maris’ all-time American League home run record. The question remains, just how many home runs can the Yankees’ star rack up? According to Sportsbetting.ag, the over/under for Judge’s total home runs this season is 64.5, projecting him to comfortably break the record. “We initially opened odds for Judge to break Maris’ record back on June 25, and he was a 3-1 underdog to do so,” Robert Cooper, the director of trading at Sportsbetting.ag, told the Daily News. “Those odds have fluctuated over the last three months, and of course, are off the board now as it appears to be a foregone conclusion.” Judge has sent the baseball world into a frenzy with his historic season. His at-bats have become appointment television as the final stretch of this season winds down. The buzz No. 99 created...
    It was just a little past 10:30 at the new Yankee Stadium, on Aaron Judge’s side of 161st St., when Judge hit No. 60 to left field off a Pirates reliever named Wil Crowe, and the Stadium, the capital of baseball history, had now seen more. And in this moment, nearly 100 years after Babe Ruth first hit 60 as a Yankee, as Judge gets ready now to take his swing at Roger Maris’ all-time Yankee mark of 61, somehow this became all the times in the last 100 years when the Yankee looked and felt like the biggest baseball team in the world. All because of the man with the biggest number any Yankee has ever had, No. 99. Judge has been on this remarkable tear since the middle of July, this two-month tear when it sometimes seemed as if he were hitting a home run every single day and sometimes more than that, when it seemed as if nobody could get him out, and sometimes seems as if he was all the Yankees had. This was a stretch...
    It was just a little past 10:30 at the new Yankee Stadium, on Aaron Judge’s side of 161st St., when Judge hit No. 60 to left field off a Pirates reliever named Wil Crowe, and the Stadium, the capital of baseball history, had now seen more. And in this moment, nearly 100 years after Babe Ruth first hit 60 as a Yankee, as Judge gets ready now to take his swing at Roger Maris’ all-time Yankee mark of 61, somehow this became all the times in the last 100 years when the Yankee looked and felt like the biggest baseball team in the world. All because of the man with the biggest number any Yankee has ever had, No. 99. Judge has been on this remarkable tear since the middle of July, this two-month tear when it sometimes seemed as if he were hitting a home run every single day and sometimes more than that, when it seemed as if nobody could get him out, and sometimes seems as if he was all the Yankees had. This was a stretch...
    CHICAGO — This was as close as it gets. Aaron Judge hammered two home runs on Sunday and the Yankees slugger came as close as he has to admitting that he is on the verge of breaking a historic, 61-year old record. The Bombers head back to the Bronx where Judge will have two games against the Pirates and four against Boston to reach Roger Maris’ American League — and Yankees franchise — record of 61 home runs. The thought of matching or beating Maris’s record across the street from where it was set and  in front of the Bleacher Creatures and the fans who have cheered him on since he broke into the big leagues at least made the stoic 30-year-old stop and smile for a minute. “If it happens during a win, that would be great,” Judge said after hitting Nos. 58 and 59 in a 12-8 win over the Brewers at American Family Field. “That’s what I’m focused on. If I get a chance to do it at home, that would be great, too. But we’ll talk...
    MILWAUKEE — The Yankees are expecting reinforcements soon, but with 17 games left in the regular season the question is do they have enough time to be a playoff contender. Saturday night, they didn’t look like it as Willy Adames and the Brewers beat them again, this one a 4-1 defeat at American Family Field. It was the second straight loss for the Yankees (87-58), who dropped the three-game series to the Brewers. It was their first series loss in their last four. Their lead in the American League East dropped to 4.5 games over the Blue Jays, who they will see in Toronto one more time this year. The Brewers (78-67) are playing for a National League wild card spot and have won three of their last four and seven of their last nine games. Aaron Judge did not hit a home run for the third straight game. He holds at 57, four shy of the American League record of 61 set by Yankee Roger Maris in 1961. The slugger is still on pace to hit 64 this season. Judge...
    New York Mets' billionaire owner - and lifelong fan - Steve Cohen will consider 'torturing the Yankees' by bidding for Aaron Judge, even if just to drive the price up, it has been claimed. Cohen has been an owner of his hometown team since 2012, first as a minority and since taking full charge at the end of 2020, and is currently the richest owner in MLB. Given his incredible wealth, FOX Sports and The Athletic baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal believes Cohen will be a 'classic Mets fan' and try to get one over on the Yankees in the offseason by trying to lure Judge across New York. Aaron Judge is enjoying an historic season but he will become a free agent at the end of it The Yankees slugger turned down a seven-year, $213.5m contract offer to stay in the Bronx Could Steve Cohen and the Mets make a play for Aaron [email protected]_Rosenthal has more on this: pic.twitter.com/SSshBc0kJE— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 16, 2022 The Yankees superstar is heading into free agency after opting to bet on himself,...
    A RECORD breaking night at Fenway Park was all the more memorable for one fan. Outfielder Aaron Judge, 30, took his home run tally for the season up to 57 on Tuesday as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6. 1Cecilia Jacob won't forget Tuesday night in a hurryCredit: MLB As four-time MLB All-Star celebrated, he high fived a female fan by the dugout and won himself the title of "the Harry Styles of baseball." The commentator remarked: "He (Judge) will high five her, and she will freak out. How great is that? He's the Harry Styles of baseball." A high five from @TheJudge44 made her day. ???? pic.twitter.com/5tHKU6hi3H— MLB (@MLB) September 14, 2022 The person in question, 19-year-old Brown University student Cecilia Jacob, was understandably thrilled when asked about the moment by The Athletic. Jacob said: "Once he hit the home run, I immediately started filming. Read More on BaseballDOUBLE PLAY 'I retired from playing baseball in 2001 and still get paid $1.2m every year'MLB LEGEND Everything to know about Jeff Francoeur "We were all...
    The Boston Red Sox are always in for an eventful night when they face the New York Yankees, and slugger Aaron Judge certainly brought the heat. The Boston Red Sox are always in for an eventful night when they face their biggest division rival, the New York Yankees. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is certainly making the night much more difficult for the Red Sox with two massive home runs. A Judgian Blast [email protected] ????‍⚖️ pic.twitter.com/mmev0mz61g — New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 14, 2022 Judge’s first home run of the night soared over right field and was lost in the stands. 2nd of the game. 57th (❗️) of the year. #ALLRISE pic.twitter.com/xdngqn05GD — New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 14, 2022 His second homer was even more massive, flying over left field high into the stadium. Judge has officially hit 57 home runs this season, just four behind the franchise record of 61. He’ll likely pass the record with no issues. The record was set by Roger Maris in 1961, which is also the American League record. If he reaches...
    ST. PETERSBURG — Aaron Judge hit his 53rd home run of the season, doubled and scored another to basically carry his struggling Yankees to a win on Sunday. Frankie Montas had his best start with the Yankees as they beat the Rays 2-1 to avoid a sweep at Tropicana Field. The win snapped a streak of three straight losses for the Yankees (80-54) , who lost the series on Saturday. They finished this road trip 4-6 and now head to New York to play four games against the Twins before another three-game series against the Rays (74-58) in the Bronx. They leave with a five-game lead over the Rays in the American League East. Judge set the example of winning at-bats on the very first pitch of the game. He crushed it for a 450-foot home run into the second deck in left field. His major league-leading 53rd homer of the season was a career high, surpassing his rookie season total of 52 homers. Judge, on pace to hit 64 home runs this season, is eight shy of Roger Maris’...
    ST. PETERSBURG — Aaron Judge hit his 53rd home run of the season, doubled and scored another to basically carry his struggling Yankees to a win on Sunday. Frankie Montas had his best start with the Yankees as they beat the Rays 2-1 to avoid the sweep at Tropicana Field. The win snapped a streak of three straight losses for the Yankees (80-54) , who lost the series on Saturday. They finished this road trip 4-6 and now head to New York to play four games against the Twins before another three game series against the Rays (74-58) in the Bronx. They leave with a five-game lead over the Rays in the American League East. Judge set the example of winning at-bats on the very first pitch of the game. He crushed it for a 450-foot home run into the second deck in left field. It was his major league-leading 53rd homer of the season and a personal career high. It surpassed his rookie season of 52 homers. Judge, on pace to hit 64 home runs this season, is eight...
    Aaron Judge's Monday night was spoiled by Shohei Ohtani and the Angels, as the Yankees slugger hit his 50th home run of the season but the team fell to 9-17 in August. Behind an Ohtani two-run home run, the Angels beat their visitors 4-3 despite the continued greatness of Judge. The 30-year-old is getting closer to Roger Maris' single-season franchise record of 61 home runs, but the achievement didn't taste as sweet as it should have as his team continues to struggle. Aaron Judge's solo home run was not enough to get the Yankees a win on Monday night Monday marked the team's third straight loss.  'I don't get caught up in individual numbers, good or bad,' Judge said after hitting his 50th home run Monday, according to the NY Post. 'It's great, but I'm kind of upset about the loss. We'll talk about how this feels once the season is over.' Judge's solo shot came in the eighth inning of the game with the Yankees losing 4-2, but the team were unable to put more runs on the board....
    ANAHEIM — When he got a chance, Aaron Judge delivered. The Yankee slugger barreled up an 81-mile-an-hour curveball to dead center field for his 50th home run of the season on Monday night at Angel Stadium. The shot cut into the Angels lead, but could not save the Yankees, who lost 4-3. The 434-foot home run came off of Angels’ reliever Ryan Tepera in the eighth inning. With 33 games to go, Judge is only 11 home runs away from the American League and Yankee record of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. It is just the 47th 50-home run season in major league history and Judge became just the 10th man in baseball history to hit 50 home runs in two seasons of his career. He hit 52 in his rookie year of 2017. He joins Babe Ruth, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, who each did it four times, Alex Rodriguez (three times) and Jimmy Foxx, Ken Griffey Jr., Ralph Kiner, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays who each had two 50-homer seasons. It was the 10th 50-home run season...
    OAKLAND — Aaron Judge is back on track. The Yankees slugger, who snapped a nine-game homer drought earlier this week, hit his third home run in the last four games Friday night as the Bombers beat the A’s 3-2 at the Coliseum. It was the fifth straight win for the Yankees (78-48) and sixth in their last 11 games. The Bombers are 7-8 in their last 15 games and 8-12 in their last 20. With the Rays losing to the Red Sox, the Bombers moved 8.5 games ahead of the pack in the American League East. Perhaps more significantly, the Astros lost Friday night, so the Yankees moved to within 2.5 games in the race for the best record in the American League. The A’s (46-81) are one loss away from being eliminated in the AL West. Judge’s 427-foot shot to dead center field in the fifth, off former Yankee JP Sears, was his major-league-leading 49th homer of the season. The 30-year-old is on pace to break the American League record of 61 homers in a season, set in 1961 by Yankee...
    BROADCAST legend Stephen A. Smith has savaged the New York Yankees as "trash" following another dismal defeat. Problems continue to mount in The Bronx after the Yankees' 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay Rays on August 16, their eleventh L in thirteen games. 3Stephen A. Smith has unleashed a spectacular rant at the NY Yankees 3It was an 11th defeat in 13 games as the Yankees lost to the Rays 3-1Credit: EPA 3Even superstar Aaron Judge came in for a mauling in Smith's rantCredit: Reuters With injuries mounting and key players out of form, the slump shows no sign of turning around. They ended a scoreless streak against the Rays, but morale in the camp looked low after Anthony Rizzo's dugout rant earlier this week. And Smith, 54 - himself a native of the Bronx - went on the offensive with a blistering evisceration on ESPN First Take of the struggling team. He raged: "The Yankees, you look like trash right now. You look like flat out trash. Read More on The US SunBIG CASH I was called 'loser' at school...
    The Yankees walked off the field Tuesday night to some surprisingly loud boos. The Bombers have lost 11 of their last 13 games, scored one run over their last three games and watched their once double-digit lead in the division shrink. So the boos were only surprising in how loud they were. Most fans turned their backs Tuesday night and walked out long before Frank Sinatra began to sing. But inside the clubhouse there is a firm belief that everything is going to be all right. “A little adversity never hurt nobody,” catcher Jose Trevino said. “Everybody is going to struggle. You look at (the standings) right now, we’re still a few games up and we know that, but we also know we want to kick it into gear pretty soon.” It’s been a two-week funk that may not have cost the Yankees the American League East lead, but has cost them the best record in the AL, which they said was hugely important following a two-game series loss to the Astros. The Yankees are 2.5 games behind Houston now....
    With just under two months left in the regular season, Rob Manfred, and his cohorts, should pump their hype accelerator to the floor, making every Aaron Judge at-bat appointment television for a national audience. If MLB and its commish cannot make that happen, the suits will be guilty of turning a red-hot opportunity into an ice sculpture. As Judge challenges Roger Maris’ historic single-season Yankees record of 61 dingers, the last “clean” HR seasonal milestone, the opportunity is there for Judge to become MLB’s high-profile ambassador to more casual eyeballs, along with new, younger, fans in search of long-ball thrills. The Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network has already been doing some heavy hyping with its not-so-subtle Judge Home Run Chase spots. And during the games YES carnival barkers, er, voices have made viewers aware of what’s going on. That’s to be expected. And with the hardcore Bombers loyalists already regularly tuning into YES in large numbers, Judge’s HR chase won’t drastically expand Al Yankzeera’s viewership. That’s why MLB needs to find ways for Judge to expand its national reach. Baseball...
    Aaron Judge was not in the lineup Tuesday night. He also missed the first game of the four in Boston. Aaron Boone is picking his spots to keep the slugger off his feet as the Yankees try to manage the lower body, calf muscle tightness that has bothered him the last week or so. Even though Judge felt fine Tuesday, Boone wanted him off his feet. “I would say kind of through it a little bit‚ too,” Boone said of the tightness in the calves that had Judge sitting last weekend. “I just felt like we’re gonna take advantage of this off day (on Monday) with the idea of playing five straight into the All Star Game, so just being cautious with it. It’s striking that balance between obviously the urgency of the day and the long game here. Just trying to be smart with that.” Judge has a history of calf issues, which cost him a trip to the injured list in 2020. That, in part, was a reason the Yankees were hesitant to move him to center field...
    BOSTON — Aaron Judge was back in the lineup Friday night, but just as a designated hitter. The Yankees’ slugger missed Thursday night’s series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park with tightness in his lower body and calf muscles. Judge said late Thursday it was a precautionary move to try and prevent it from becoming a bigger issue. Aaron Boone said that it is how they hope to stave off significant injuries with their Most Valuable Player. He expects to have Judge off another day before the All-Star break and will use the DH hole to keep him off his feet. “So, next Sunday, going into the All Star Game, where obviously, he’ll be, I also want to be smarter for this stretch, and make sure we stay in a good spot,” the Yankees manager said. “And again, try and stay out in front of it.  I felt like we were able to do that a lot last year, being strategic, being smart with certain days here and there. So, that’s the biggest thing is just trying to be...
    PITTSBURGH — The price just went up again Wednesday night. Hours after Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said they are “hopeful” that Aaron Judge would be a Yankee for a long time, the slugger demonstrated once again why he should be. Judge hammered his third career grand slam as the Yankees blasted a season-high-tying six home runs to beat the Pirates 16-0 in a rain-delayed game at PNC Park. The Yankees snapped a two-game losing streak and split the two-game series as they head to Boston for their last stop on their four-city, 10-game road trip and a big American League East division battle. The Yankees have just five losing streaks of at least two games this season — and just one longer than two games — tied with the Astros for the fewest in the majors. With a season-high 22 hits, they improved to 17-6 after a loss this season. Luis Severino threw six scoreless innings, scattered four hits and struck out three for the win. Josh Donaldson and Joey Gallo went back-to-back in the sixth and Kyle Higashioka homered...
    Standing in front of reporters Wednesday afternoon, Giancarlo Stanton wore a T-shirt that featured two of the biggest heavyweights in history. The sleeveless, black shirt features Mike Tyson taking a swing at Muhammad Ali. Stanton knows a thing or two about heavyweight sluggers. He and Aaron Judge had just used two big swings to beat the A’s 5-3 at Yankee Stadium minutes before. “We leaned on our big boys today,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after their two sluggers handed them their major-league-leading 24th come-from-behind win. With the sweep of the A’s (25-52) in three games here this week, the Yankees (56-20) have swept nine series. It was the first time they have swept a series against Oakland since a four-game sweep in Oakland on May 19-22, 2016. The last time the Yankees swept the A’s in the Bronx was back in 2010. After Yankees starter Jameson Taillon gave up three runs in the top of the first, Judge and Stanton stepped up and bailed him out. “We can turn the game really quickly,” said Taillon, who buckled down and...
    The haves and the have-nots completed a three-game series Wednesday and it played true to form. The Athletics were swept out of New York, losing 5-3 to the Yankees as pitcher Cole Irvin paid for mistakes to sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Judge, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound center fielder, hit his league-leading 29th home run in the first inning, a two-run shot, and Giancarlo Stanton, the 6-foot-6, 250 pound designated hitter, hit a three-run homer in the third. It was the 19th homer for Stanton. Other than that, Irvin pitched well, completing seven innings and giving up no other runs to a Yankees team that improved to 56-20 and has the best record in baseball. The Athletics, at 25-52 and the worst record in the majors, scored three times in the first inning and then went dormant against starter Jameson Taillon (9-3) and the Yankees bullpen of Lucas Luetge, Miguel Castro and Clay Holmes. Holmes pitched the ninth for his 14th save. Irvin (2-6) threw a career-high 103 pitches, paying dearly for a grooved 3-2 change-up to Judge on an...
    ST. PETERSBURG — Aaron Judge just gave everyone a reminder. With his 2022 contract still hanging in limbo, the Bombers’ slugger belted two home runs, showing off his prodigious power and what his bat means to this team. He helped spark the Yankees to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Jose Trevino hammered a 78 mph slider off Ralph Garza Jr. in the top of the eighth for his career-high sixth home run of the season. The two-run, 406-foot shot gave the Yankees their first lead of the night and their 20th comeback win of the season. It was Trevino’s third go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later this season, tying him with Anthony Rizzo for the most on the team. The Yankees (51-18) are now 14-4 after losses this season and won their 18th series of the season, their second straight over the Rays (37-32). They are 26-12 against the American League East. They have the best record in baseball and finished the six-game road trip 4-2. Judge, who has his arbitration hearing...
    There will be no shortage of teams interested in free agent to-be Aaron Judge. But could the Minnesota Twins actually make a play for the New York Yankees slugger? Aaron Judge is having an MVP-type season for the New York Yankees. The three-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year is looking to add another trophy to his case later this year. The Yankees are also the top team in the American League and looking like World Series contenders. But if the Bronx Bombers allow Judge to enter free agency this offseason, teams are likely to come out of the woodwork with aspirations of signing the slugger to a massive deal. While teams like San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets are sure to be among the suitors looking to sign the superstar this offseason, a surprise team has emerged as well.The Minnesota Twins are rumored to be interested in signing Aaron Judge.According to ESPN insider Buster Olney (subscription required), the Minnesota Twins are a surprise team that could emerge in the Aaron Judge sweepstakes in the...
    Giancarlo Stanton left no doubt. The Yankees slugger hit the ball so hard — the hardest hit ball in baseball this season — that it slammed into the sign in the front of the second deck and ricocheted back almost onto the field. That was one of a season-high six home runs the Yankees hammered Saturday night behind seven scoreless innings from Jordan Montgomery as they beat the Cubs 8-0 at the Stadium. “I mean, we all just kind of look at each other and when he gets back to the dugout I’m like ‘You’re weird,’ that’s all I can say,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. Aaron Judge hit two home runs for a major-league-leading 24 homers on the season (no one else has broken the 18-homer mark), which puts him on pace to hit a franchise 66 home runs this season. Gleyber Torres, Anthony Rizzo and Jose Trevino each hit a homer. Montgomery anchored the Yankees’ ninth shutout of the season and the Yankees clinched their 15th series win on the season. They maintained the best record in baseball...
    Aaron Judge wasted no time on Saturday. The Yankees slugger took the first pitch he saw from Tigers rookie Beau Brieske and drove it deep into the right-center field seats. With another sterling pitching performance, that Judge blow was about all the Yankees needed for their 3-0 win over the Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Behind yet another strong start — this time by Luis Severino — the Yankees (38-15) won their fifth straight game, maintained the best record in baseball and clinched another series. The Bombers have won or split 15 of their 17 completed series this season. They have now racked up eight shutout wins. Severino pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 and permitting just one walk. The right-hander kept the Yankees rotation rolling in an impressive streak. Their starters have thrown at least six innings in nine straight starts and in 12 of their last 13 starts since May 22. It was the 13th time a Yankees starter has gone at least seven innings, the most in the majors. Anthony Rizzo also homered, his 13th of the...
    In case you didn’t get the message on Thursday, Gerrit Cole went out and added emphasis to the point. The Yankees starting staff is the best in the American League and making a case for being the most dominant in baseball. For the second straight night, a Yankees starter took a perfect game into the late innings. Cole pitched seven scoreless, dominant innings as the Yankees routed the Tigers 13-0 at the Stadium. The Yankees  (37-15) have won four straight and it was the Bombers’ seventh shutout of the season. That snapped a three-game winning streak for the Tigers (21-31). Aaron Judge had four hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs; Jose Trevino had two hits, including a homer and drove in three runs; Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in three; Matt Carpenter had two hits — including his fourth homer in seven games with the Yankees — and drove in two runs. That gave Cole a lot of room to work. He finished having allowed two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine...
    BALTIMORE — The Yankees will probably never get a bargain now. When the Bombers failed to reach an agreement to make Aaron Judge a Yankee for life this spring, they likely lost their last chance to get any type of favorable deal. Tuesday night, as the MVP chants began at Camden Yards, Judge continued to increase his value on next winter’s free agent market. The slugger hammered two more home runs, had four hits and was a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Yankees in a 5-4 win over the Orioles. The Yankees (27-9) have won three straight games, eight of their last nine and 20 of their last 23 games. They maintained the best record in baseball and have guaranteed at least a split of this four-game series. The Orioles (14-23) are the only team to take a series from the Yankees this season. Baltimore won two of three here at Camden Yards last month. Maybe it’s the scheduled rest — Judge sat out Monday night’s game as part of a prescribed rest program — or the...
    As the ball sailed into the second deck, you could almost hear the cash register adding up more money on Aaron Judge’s expected free-agent contract. The Yankees’ 30-year-old slugger not only leads the majors with 10 homers this season, he’s been clutch. Tuesday night’s blast was Judge’s first career walk-off home run and it’s coming as he and the Yankees are headed toward an arbitration date believed to be in June. Brian Cashman declined to comment Wednesday morning on whether the Bombers have made any progress on a deal for Judge this season or beyond. The Yankees GM reiterated what he said hours before the team’s first game of the season; the Yankees tried negotiating a long-term extension that, including the 2022 season, would have been worth $230 million. “When I talked to everybody here right before the season started, just to shine a light on everything, we honored the conversations… we certainly made an attempt and then we’re not going to talk about it now going forward,” Cashman said before the Yankees took on the Blue Jays at the Stadium. “Whether that...
    Remember all those questions about Anthony Rizzo’s declining power numbers this spring when the Yankees re-signed him? Well the slugger is beginning to answer them. Rizzo had his first career three-home run Tuesday night, driving in six runs, as the Bombers beat the Orioles 12-8 at the Stadium. It was the season-high fourth straight win for the Yankees (11-6) and their sixth out of the last seven games since losing a series in Baltimore. The Orioles (6-11) have lost two straight. Rizzo now leads the majors with eighth home runs and leads the Yankees with 18 RBI. Aaron Judge hit his fourth of the season on his 30th birthday,  Gleyber Torres drove in three with a triple, his first of the season. Luis Severino took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Joey Gallo hit his first homer since September. Rizzo hit his sixth homer of the season in the third inning off starter Jordan Lyles, a three run shot to the short-porch in right field, a 346-footer. In the fifth, he hit a two-run, 378-foot shot into right field off...
    If the Yankees are going to continue relying on home runs as their main run producer, it’s a sound strategy to get two of them from their best player in one game. Aaron Judge went the opposite way for both of his home runs in Friday night’s 4-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians. While both of Judge’s launch jobs were absolutely smoked — each one traveled at 112 miles per hour — the second of the pair was a classic Yankee Stadium homer. With a 19-degree launch angle, the line drive over the right-field short porch is probably a double in every other stadium. But for a team that’s already feeling the pressure of an underwhelming start, they’ll take any good fortune they can get. That extends to the pitching rubber as well, where the Yankees got Jameson Taillon’s best start of the young season. Taillon threw the most pitches of any of his three starts thus far, getting pulled after 84. That likely signals that he’s all the way ramped up after the short spring training limited pitchers’ workloads...
    The New York Yankees avoided complete disaster, winning their final game of the season to cement a place in the Wild Card game. Aaron Judge played the role of hero, hitting a line drive that deflected off of the pitcher’s hand, slowing it just enough for the winning run to score. New York had just one hit entering the inning, offering little hope for the home fans minus an incredible catch for Gio Urshela to end the seventh inning. Urshela’s Jeter moment wasn’t for naught, and the Yankees live to fight another day. Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have come up large in recent weeks, and it’s fighting that one of the Yankees big boppers secured the hit that will send them to the playoffs. The @Yankees walk it off into the postseason! #CLINCHED pic.twitter.com/uz2yfV0q9O — MLB (@MLB) October 3, 2021 When is the AL Wild Card game? The Wild Card game will either be played on Tuesday should the Red Sox defeat the Washington Nationals, or at a later date. We don’t yet know the final scores of Boston-Washington, or...
    Yankees News, 8/29: Nestor Cortes takes shot at umpiring in loss to A’s, Aaron Judge is on fire Alexander Wilson August 29, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit The New York Yankees saw their 13 game winning streak come to an end on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. Losing 3-2, the Yankees offense simply couldn’t get them over the edge, despite and Aaron Judge’s ninth-inning home run. Recording just five hits on the day, Oakland starting pitcher, Frankie Montas was stellar, striking out six batters and allowing two hits over 7.0 innings. The Bombers featured Nestor Cortes Jr. on the mound, who lasted 5.1 innings and gave up four hits and three earned runs before turning it over to the bullpen. Cortes hosts a 2.77 ERA this season and is one of the biggest surprises for a Yankee team that desperately needed starting pitching support with the loss of several players due to injury. However, Cortes endured a few bad calls from the umpires, including one...
    More On: new york yankees Yankees’ season has been a series of ‘gut punches’ Only Aaron Boone can save himself now Yankees need spark from returning players Yankees trade for pitcher to bolster bullpen ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Aaron Judge returned to the Yankees’ lineup Tuesday against the Rays after missing nine games while on the COVID-19 injured list. “It’s huge, obviously,’’ Aaron Boone said of getting Judge back before the Yankees opened their series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Luke Voit all took batting practice at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Monday. Judge and Higashioka were activated off the COVID IL Tuesday, and Boone said Voit, who has been on the IL with left knee inflammation, isn’t far behind. “I would say very close,’’ Boone said when asked of Voit’s status. “We’ll have a decision in the next day or so if he’s potentially back for this series [against Tampa Bay]. Miami, for sure.” That would make the lineup pretty close to whole by Friday, as Voit ran the bases Tuesday. He may...
    Federal judge in Houston rules DACA unlawful, halts new enrollment applications Michael Gargiulo, the Hollywood Ripper Serial Killer, Sentenced to Death Just off the heels of a COVID outbreak, the Yankees have further roster issues. First baseman Luke Voit has been placed on the injured list with a bone bruise in his left knee, the Yankees announced Friday afternoon.  © Provided by CBS Sports Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge have resumed baseball activities but there is no timetable for their return. This is the same knee that Voit had surgery on in the spring. The injury sidelined him until May 11. After leading the majors with 22 homers last season, Voit is hitting .241/.328/.370 (94 OPS+) with three homers and 11 RBI in 29 games this season.  On the Yankees as a whole, they are banged up both with pitching and on the position-player side, but let's focus on the latter.  Keep in mind that the Yankees placed outfielder Aaron Judge, catcher Kyle Higashioka and third baseman Gio Urshela on the COVID-19 injured list in light of what happened...
    Yankees: Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman join Aaron Judge as All-Stars Andres Chavez July 5, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit You wouldn’t know it for the way they played over the weekend, but New York Yankees’ pitchers Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman were selected as members of the American League roster for the All-Star game, which will be played at Coors Field, in Denver, on July 13. But the season is longer than a weekend, and both Yankees hurlers have merits to be part of the Midsummer Classic. Their selections were announced on Sunday during the 2021 Google MLB All-Star Selection Show on ESPN. The non-starters were chosen through a combination of fan voting and the Commissioner’s Office. “It’s a tremendous honor,” Cole said. “I’m always humbled because it’s a player vote relative to the pitchers. That holds a special place for me and hopefully, we can get back to pitching to that type of level here soon.” The Yankees are sending...
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