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Stuck on 60, Yankees' Aaron Judge looks to tie HR mark vs. Red Sox
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
- The Yankees are 9-6 against the Red Sox this season (4-2 in New York, 5-4 in Boston). Eight of the 15 games in the season series have been decided by a one-run margin, with four one-run wins for each team.
- The Red Sox have scored 48 runs and recorded 80 hits in their last nine games, but over 60 percent of their runs (30) and more than half of their hits (41) came in two games: a 17-4 win at Baltimore on September 10 (21 hits) and a 13-3 victory at Fenway Park against the Royals on Sunday (20 hits).
- Home runs have accounted for 57.2 percent of the runs the Yankees have scored in home games this season, the highest percentage for any MLB team (Milwaukee is second, 54.0%). The Yankees rank fifth in percentage of runs via homers in road games this year (45.7%).
- Aaron Judge has a .500 batting average (22-for-44) during his current 11-game hitting streak. Judge's hit total is his highest over any 11-game span in his major-league career. It's his third-longest single-season hitting streak, behind 13- and 12-game streaks in 2018.
- The Red Sox have a 15-5 record in Michael Wacha's 20 starts this season. Boston's .750 winning percentage in Wacha's starts is the third-highest by an AL team in starts by one pitcher this year (minimum: 20 starts). The Astros are 19-6 (.760) in Justin Verlander's starts and the Blue Jays are 22-7 (.759) when Jose Berrios is their starting pitcher.
- Jameson Taillon's average of 1.65 walks per nine innings this season is the fourth lowest among AL qualifying pitchers (Kluber 1.10, Gausman 1.47, Verlander 1.55). But Taillon has allowed 64 extra-base hits this year, third most among AL pitchers, behind Jordan Lyles (70) and Marco Gonzales (68).
- Harper has surgery, to miss start of '23
- Astros' postseason share a record $516K
- Red Sox give LHP Rodriguez 1-year deal
- Rangers hire Maddux as pitching coach
- Red Sox acquire INF/OF Park from Pirates
The wait continues in New York for Aaron Judge to hit his 61st homer to match Roger Maris' American League record.
Judge gets a fifth chance at the milestone Sunday night when the Yankees (93-58) seek a seventh straight win and go for the four-game home sweep of the Boston Red Sox (72-79).
Judge is 3-for-13 with five walks since getting his 60th homer in the ninth inning Tuesday against Pittsburgh. He enters the final meeting of the season against Boston hitting .432 (35-for-81) with 11 homers and 19 RBIs during a 23-game on-base streak.
The closest Judge has gotten to matching Maris was a pair of fly balls that reached the warning track, one in Thursday's game and one Friday. On Saturday, Judge went 0-for-3 with a flyout to center, a walk and two strikeouts in New York's 7-5 win.
"Even for a guy that hit 60 home runs, he still doesn't hit them every day," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "A lot of things got to line up to go deep, even for the best of the best. So as long as he continues to take good at-bats and make good swing decisions, it'll happen sooner rather than later."
While Judge has four regular-season home games left, sandwiched around a three-game series that starts Monday in Toronto, the Yankees are on their longest run since posting nine consecutive victories June 9-18.
The Yankees opened the series with a game-ending single by Josh Donaldson in the 10th on Thursday, then got a second straight 5-4 win when Jose Trevino hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning on Friday.
On Saturday after Judge struck out in the seventh, Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking two-run homer for the victory.
"It's not only him," Boston manager Alex Cora said of Judge and the Yankees. "They're getting healthy which is important for them but like I said when we got here, the game will dictate what we do, and I think overall we have done an outstanding job."
Boston is trying to salvage the series finale after getting homers from rookie Triston Casas and Reese McGuire on Sataurday along with a game-tying single from Alex Verdugo. Xander Bogaerts had two hits to hike his average to an AL-best .315 -- one point ahead of Judge -- but the Red Sox were 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position on Saturday.
Judge's first attempt at his 61st homer Sunday will be against Boston rookie right-hander Brayan Bello (2-6, 4.75 ERA), who will make his 10th career start and second against the Yankees. Bello allowed three unearned runs and six hits in five innings during a 5-3 loss at Boston on Sept. 14 when Judge went 1-for-4 with an infield single.
Bello has allowed three runs or less in six straight starts, including one run on eight hits in five innings at Cincinnati on Tuesday.
"The big stage, Sunday night, Yankees-Red Sox on ESPN," Cora said. "For him to be on that stage is going to be fun."
For New York, left-hander Nestor Cortes (10-4, 2.67) will make his fourth start since returning from a groin injury. He allowed one run in five innings Tuesday but didn't figure in the decision of the New York win.
Cortes is 1-0 with a 7.04 ERA in nine career appearances (three starts) against Boston. Bogaerts is 1-for-11 lifetime off Cortes.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 25, 2022