Supreme sport: Judge sets rookie HR mark!

Slugger belts Nos. 49, 50 to pass McGwire, join elite company in Yankees history

Supreme sport: Judge sets rookie HR mark!

NEW YORK -- His teammates egged him on, one after another. Approaching the end of a rookie season for the ages, it was time for Aaron Judge to finally rise.

"You gotta go out there," they implored him. "You gotta go out there."

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Historic Judge backs solid CC as Yanks cruise

Historic Judge backs solid CC as Yanks cruise

NEW YORK -- Never in baseball history has a first-year player hit more home runs than Aaron Judge, who now stands alone among the best rookie home run hitters of all time after New York's 11-3 win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

Judge hit two home runs to set the new single-season rookie record of 50, breaking the previous mark set by Mark McGwire in 1987. Judge lined a two-run shot the opposite way off Royals starter Jakob Junis in the third, and skied a solo shot to left-center off Trevor Cahill in the seventh. Gary Sanchez followed the seventh-inning blast with a solo shot of his own, while Greg Bird connected on a two-run homer an inning before. All of that power backed starter CC Sabathia, who tossed his second straight strong start in anticipation of the postseason.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Royals on Monday.

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Resurgent Judge is AL Player of Week

Yankees slugger hit 5 homers, had 9 RBIs in 6 games

Resurgent Judge is AL Player of Week

Aaron Judge is on fire again, just in time for the approaching postseason. On Monday he was named American League Player of the Week after a torrid seven-day stretch.

Judge hit five home runs over a six-game stretch, finishing the week with 48 total. That put him one away from Mark McGwire's rookie record, set with Oakland in 1987, and he surpassed the record in Monday's 11-3 win against the Royals, hitting a two-run shot in the third inning and a solo homer in the seventh to reach 50. It was a mark that once looked well within Judge's grasp, and then for a while looked unobtainable as he slumped in the second half. But Judge refound his swing this month, and really got locked in last week. The right fielder went 9-for-21 (.429) with a .481 on-base percentage, five home runs and nine RBIs. The Yankees went 4-2 over that stretch against the Twins and Blue Jays, clinching a spot in the AL Wild Card Game in the process.

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Few spots TBD on projected playoff roster

Few spots TBD on projected playoff roster

NEW YORK -- The bubbly was still damp on Joe Girardi's uniform top as the Yankees manager started running through the machinations of the lineup card that he might send to home plate should his team participate in the American League Wild Card Game on Oct. 3.

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DYK? At 25, Judge rewriting record books

DYK? At 25, Judge rewriting record books

Aaron Judge made history yet again in the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Royals on Monday, homering twice at Yankee Stadium to tie and then break Mark McGwire's rookie record of 49 home runs in a season.

While breaking the rookie home run record is a major landmark, Judge's 2017 season has been incredible in so many other ways. The 25-year-old has made his way into the record books of rookie history, the Yankees and Major League Baseball.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com. Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. Matt Kelly, Ben Weinrib and David Adler contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Larry David takes in Yankees history

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Larry David takes in Yankees history

You never know who you are going to see in the stands taking in a baseball game. For instance, David Letterman, a known Reds fan, took in a game at Great American Ball Park last month. At the Yankees' home opener, Alex Rodriguez, Henry Kissinger and Regis Philbin were in attendance.

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Montgomery aims to impress vs. Rays

Montgomery aims to impress vs. Rays

With CC Sabathia starting Monday's makeup game vs. Kansas City, Jordan Montgomery will start for the Yankees on Tuesday to open a three-game series vs. Blake Snell and the Rays. Although New York has already clinched one of the American League Wild Card spots, its chase for the AL East title is still ongoing. New York is 4 1/2 games behind Boston in the division. The Rays are six games behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot with six games to play.

If the Yankees are going to use a left-handed starter in the postseason -- and they may not -- it will be either Montgomery or Jaime Garcia. It won't be both. In that sense, Tuesday will represent an audition of sorts for the rookie southpaw, who won his last start by throwing six scoreless innings vs. the Orioles on Sept. 16. In 27 starts this season, Montgomery is 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks back to business after clinch celebration

New York excited to return to postseason, has sights set on accomplishing more

Yanks back to business after clinch celebration

TORONTO -- The clubhouse carpet was still sticky where a miniature Lake Ontario of champagne and beer had pooled while the Yankees celebrated their return to the postseason on Saturday evening, and less than 24 hours later, manager Joe Girardi said that his players seemed ready to get back down to business.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge sizzles, but Yanks fall to Jays, slip in East

Judge sizzles, but Yanks fall to Jays, slip in East

TORONTO -- In what was likely the final home game of Jose Bautista's career with the Blue Jays, the franchise icon helped lead a 9-5 win over the Yankees in the series finale at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Yankees on Sunday.

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Thumbs up! Yankees all rise, clinch berth

Playoff spot secured, Yankees not giving up hope of catching Red Sox in AL East

Thumbs up! Yankees all rise, clinch berth

TORONTO -- This was the kind of celebration that the Yankees dreamed about on those sun-drenched afternoons at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., when the glasses were more than half-filled with optimism about what "Baby Bombers" Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino might be able to accomplish over a full big league campaign.

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Judge hits 47th, 48th HRs, 1 shy of rookie mark

Judge hits 47th, 48th HRs, 1 shy of rookie mark

TORONTO -- Aaron Judge homered twice in Sunday afternoon's 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, notching his American League-leading 47th and 48th home runs to close within one blast of Mark McGwire's 1987 record for the most home runs hit by a Major League rookie.

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Flying high: Bird leads Yanks to playoff clinch

Flying high: Bird leads Yanks to playoff clinch

TORONTO -- It was supposed to take a while for the Yankees to rebuild after selling off some key veterans last season -- or at least, that was the outside perception. The Yanks never bought into that, and as they sprayed cold bubbly in the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre, there was great optimism about accomplishing much more in October.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

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Severino OK after batting-practice scare

Righty struck by batted ball while playing catch

Severino OK after batting-practice scare

TORONTO -- The Yankees received a scare during batting practice on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre when right-hander Luis Severino was struck by a batted ball while playing catch in the outfield.

Severino dropped to the turf after being clipped by the drive, then resumed playing catch after being briefly examined by Yankees head athletic trainer Steve Donohue. Attention was paid to the area behind Severino's non-throwing shoulder.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Before they were postseason bound: Yankees

Before they were postseason bound: Yankees

The Yankees' young core is all grown up, and New York is returning to the postseason earlier than expected. Here is the skinny on every member of the Yankees' roster.

Dellin Betances, RP
Born: New York, N.Y.
DOB: 3/23/1988
HS: Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 
Minors: Yankees (Rk), Staten Island (A-), Charleston (A), Tampa (A+), Trenton (AA), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA)
• Betances is the rare player who was born and raised in New York City, rooted for the Yankees, then went on to play for them. He was a teenage prodigy within the five boroughs, first at Grand Street and then in the summer for the elite Youth Service travel program. At 6-foot-8, Betanes is the tallest -- and one of the most intimidating -- full time relievers in baseball.

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Warren throws 'pen, could return next week

Reliever expected to be activated after sim game Tuesday

Warren throws 'pen, could return next week

TORONTO -- Adam Warren threw 25 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, another encouraging step as the Yankees' right-hander aims to rejoin the active roster before the end of the regular season.

Warren has not pitched since Sept. 1 due to lower back spasms, but he said that he feels almost ready to get back on the mound. Yanks manager Joe Girardi said that he expects Warren to be activated after tossing a simulated game on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

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Bronx Play Ball event a celebration of stickball

Local youth learn basics of game as NYESL partners with MLB, Yankees

Bronx Play Ball event a celebration of stickball

NEW YORK -- Slowly, the blacktop field came together, one chalk baseline at a time. By the time the lines were drawn, River Avenue had been transformed.

Draped with murals and soaked in history, this South Bronx street has flanked the eastern edge of the Yankees experience for nearly 100 years. On game day it becomes a block party, with fans spilling out of Yankee Stadium -- from the first-base gate at the old version, the right-field gate at the new -- onto the neighborhood's main strip of bars and souvenir shops.

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Rogers that! Judge hits Toronto-best 469-footer

Longest HR in Jays' park this year; 2nd-longest of Yankees slugger's career

Rogers that! Judge hits Toronto-best 469-footer

TORONTO -- Aaron Judge's September surge continued on Friday evening with the longest home run hit at Rogers Centre this season, a 469-foot blast to the second deck in left field off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada -- the lone run the Yanks scored in an 8-1 loss to Toronto.

Judge's American League-leading 46th home run gave the Yankees a quick lead in the top of the first inning, and it was the second-longest home run of his brief Major League career, behind only a 495-foot shot on June 11 at Yankee Stadium off the Orioles' Logan Verrett.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees' clinch on hold after HRs off Tanaka

Yankees' clinch on hold after HRs off Tanaka

TORONTO -- Ryan Goins pulled off a hidden ball trick that caught Todd Frazier napping, then slugged a grand slam that ended Masahiro Tanaka's night as the Blue Jays trounced the Yankees, 8-1, on Friday evening at Rogers Centre, delaying New York's postseason clinch for at least one more day.

New York's magic number is down to one after the Angels and Rangers both lost Friday night. The Yankees can secure a postseason spot Saturday with a victory over Toronto or losses by both the Halos and Texas. New York fell four games behind Boston in the American League East with the Red Sox's win at Cincinnati. The club's lead for the first AL Wild Card spot stood at 5 1/2 games over the Twins after Minnesota's win at Detroit.

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Frazier reaches out to dad of fan hit by foul ball

Frazier reaches out to dad of fan hit by foul ball

TORONTO -- Todd Frazier had a conversation with the father of the young girl who was struck by a foul ball during the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and the New York third baseman was encouraged to hear that she "is doing OK."

Frazier was shaken after connecting with the line drive against left-hander Nik Turley that sliced into the seats beyond third base. Play halted for four minutes as Frazier crouched outside the batter's box, saying a silent prayer while medical personnel provided assistance and transported the fan from the seating area.

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Bernie Williams continues anthem tour

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Bernie Williams continues anthem tour

Bernie Williams was a five-time All-Star during his 16-year big league career with the Yankees. But clearly baseball wasn't his lone skill.

The 49-year-old also is a ridiculously good musician, as evidenced by his version of the national anthem on the guitar prior to Friday's series opener between the White Sox and the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Inbox: Who's most trusted to start WC Game?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers Yankees fans' questions

Inbox: Who's most trusted to start WC Game?

If the Yankees find themselves in the American League Wild Card Game, who will manager Joe Girardi hand the ball to?
-- Skylar P., Warren, Vt.

Even though Luis Severino stumbled this week in his first look at the Twins, all indications are that Girardi is still leaning toward handing the young right-hander the ball if the Yankees wind up in a win-or-go-home postseason game, though that's less than certain. The idea behind shifting Severino to Wednesday was that he can now still pitch twice before the end of the regular season, should the Yanks have a chance to catch the Red Sox and avoid the Oct. 3 AL Wild Card Game altogether.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Yanks over Twins in WC Game? Not so fast

Unpredictability of one-game format may negate years of New York dominance

Yanks over Twins in WC Game? Not so fast

There was a moment on Wednesday -- admittedly a brief and fleeting moment, but if you are a Minnesota baseball fan, you take them when you get them -- when it looked like the Minnesota Twins would beat the New York Yankees and even up the season series at three games apiece. This would have been a big deal. The Twins have not split a season series with the Yankees in more than a decade.

The Twins took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, thanks to a surprising flurry of hits against Luis Severino, the generally unhittable young Yankees starter. For the season, only Corey Kluber and Chris Sale have allowed fewer hits per nine innings among American League starters. But the Twins scraped together four hits and a walk and took a 3-0 lead. That gave them a roughly 80 percent expectancy of winning the game.

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Joe Posnanski is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, an Emmy Award-winning writer and has been awarded National Sportswriter of the Year. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge hits HR No. 45 as young Yanks rake

Slugger goes back-to-back with Sanchez; Gregorius passes Jeter

Judge hits HR No. 45 as young Yanks rake

NEW YORK -- The young Yankees busted out the bats in Wednesday afternoon's 11-3 win over the Twins, beginning with Aaron Judge's American League-leading 45th home run, as the rookie slugger went back-to-back with fellow "Baby Bomber" Gary Sanchez in the third inning off right-hander Bartolo Colon.

One inning later, Didi Gregorius connected for his 25th blast of the season as part of a six-run frame, a three-run shot that set a single-season record for homers by a Yankees shortstop. The previous mark had been set by Derek Jeter's 24 homers in 1999, and Gregorius made sure to bring the milestone ball home.

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Castro getting back in groove at plate

Yankees encouraged by 2nd baseman using whole field

Castro getting back in groove at plate

NEW YORK -- Starlin Castro says that he is a more dangerous hitter when he is able to use the entire field, which is why the Yankees have been encouraged to see the All-Star infielder get back to spraying balls around the diamond.

Castro had three hits in New York's 5-2 victory over the Twins on Tuesday evening, improving to 6-for-18 (.333) on the club's homestand entering Wednesday. Castro had endured a mild slide of late, carrying a 5-for-37 (.135) skid into the series against Minnesota.

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Gregorius apologized to catcher after bat flip

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Gregorius apologized to catcher after bat flip

Didi Gregorius smacked his 25th home run of the season on Wednesday, breaking the record held by Derek Jeter for most home runs in a season by a Yankees shortstop. And, in the process, he revealed himself to be quite the gentleman.

With the Yankees hosting the Twins, Gregorius' record-breaking home run resulted in an accidental flip of the bat - one which made contact with catcher Jason Castro. When Sir Didi realized what happened, he turned around to check on Castro, giving him a tap on the knee to make sure he was OK.

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