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Aaron Judge's first home run since DL return helps Yankees tie record

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Sergio Cook | 04 October, 2018, 12:58

Sure enough, in the fourth inning Saturday at Fenway Park, Gleyber Torres hit a two-run blast off Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez for the 265th home run of the season for the Yankees, breaking a tie for the record with the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

The New York Yankees have accomplished the feat three times, while the Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds have done so twice. A lot of them are tasteless and show little to no class. Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton homered in Saturday's 8-5 win against the Red Sox.

Everyone expected the Sox and Yankees to battle for the AL East championship right through their series at Fenway Park on this final weekend of the regular season.

Rick Porcello, the 2016 AL Cy Young victor, is expected to start Game 3 of the AL Division Series, and Nathan Eovaldi is the likely starter for Game 4 against the Yankees, who beat Oakland 7-2 in the wild-card game to advance. It's been a season for the ages, but it will only be complete if the Red Sox can take care of business in October.

"We know we have a challenge ahead of us, but that's when we play our best, " major-league home run leader Khris Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Sometimes, home runs get a bad rap from an approach standpoint, but you have to be doing a lot of things right to hit the ball out of the ballpark", Boone said, adding: "It's played a big part for us".

We scoured the internet for those pining for an A's-Red Sox series, and while several baseball writers have predicted an A's victory, it paled in comparison to the "Red Sox-Yankees is the best matchup" sentiment. Closer Aroldis Chapman just returned from the disabled list after missing almost a month with left knee tendinitis, and while Aaron Judge has been back from the DL for two weeks, he still hasn't hit a home run since sustaining a right wrist fracture in July that was slow to heal. "We're still going to have four days off", Cora said. On Saturday, the Sox used seven pitchers, and so did the Yankees, who were forced to bring in closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth to strike out Jackie Bradley Jr. with two on to end the game. New York's lineup has 206 home runs this year, led by Giancarlo Stanton's mark of 38. Stanton gave a quick salute to the man.

'I wouldn't have thought it got to me that fast with a fan throwing it, ' Stanton said.

The offense was potent, led by AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts, who is the first AL player since Mickey Mantle to lead the majors in both batting average and extra-base hits.

Miguel Andujar also set a club record with his 45th double, the most by a NY rookie since Joe DiMaggio set the previous mark with 44 in 1936.

Judge and his teammates locked themselves into hosting the wild-card game in powerful fashion Friday night, blasting four home runs for the second straight game.

Yankees: New York finished 100-62, its 20th 100-win season and a nine-game improvement over previous year.

The last time they secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs was in 2013, which was the last time they won the World Series. However, his career success against the Red Sox could lead to starting either Luis Severino or Masahiro Tanaka in the game against Oakland.

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