Aaron Judge hits 54th homer of the season, tying Yankees record, then heads to US Open



First, the 30-year-old superstar hit his 54th home run this season in the New York Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.

His 404-foot, two-run shot flew to the second deck of Twins reliever Trevor Megill’s left field, breaking a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning.

In doing so, Judge continued his most valuable player trajectory — rivaling Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels — while tying a team record.

He tied Alex Rodriguez’s record for most home runs in a single season by a right-handed hitter in Yankees history, which Rodriguez set in 2007.

Rodriguez praised Judge on social media, saying: “Keep going my man!”

Judge’s 54th homer is his eighth of his last 13 games and continues his potentially historic season.

With 27 games remaining, Judge is on course to hit 65 homers, which would be the most in a season in Yankees history. The 61 touchdown by Roger Maris in 1961 is also the American League record.

If Judge is able to finish the season with 65 homers — which would require one every 2.5 games — it would be the fifth 65+ homer season in MLB history.

The most ever in a single season was achieved by Barry Bonds in 2001 when he finished with 73.

“Every day I show up to work ready to go and do whatever it takes to make our team win,” Judge said after hitting his 54th homer. “If it’s me moving a guy, pushing a guy, playing defense, that’s what I focus on.
The judge hits a two-run home run against the Twins.

“All the individual awards, accolades, stats you get throughout the year, it all depends on how you help the team. So if I’m not there to help the team all the days, the stats and all that doesn’t show up.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone then praised Judge.

“Man, it’s getting more and more amazing what he’s doing. I mean, it really is,” Boone said. “Don’t get thrown around a lot and [is] just ready when he’s in there. It’s getting hard to put words to what he’s doing… Just a special season he’s in.”

The day didn’t end there for Judge.

He was then pictured at Arthur Ashe Stadium taking part in some late night action at the US Open.

Judge saw fellow American Danielle Collins lose to sixth-seeded Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 3-6 2-6 in the fourth round.


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