Aaron Judge continues his pursuit of history and putting the Yankees on his back while he’s at it.
Judge crushed his 54th home run of the season, a two-run shot that broke a tie game in the sixth inning and lifted the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Twins at the Stadium.
It was the third straight game in which Judge has homered — the third time he has done so this season — inching him closer to Roger Maris’ franchise — and American League — record of 61 set in 1961. Judge’s 54th homer came in the Yankees’ 135th game of the season after Maris had 53 through 135 games in 1961.
As usual, Judge had no reaction to getting closer to Maris’ mark.
“It’s just not important to me,” he said after adding a double and a walk. “What’s important to me is winning. Winning this division first off and putting our team in a good position going into the postseason. It’s not all about me, no matter what happens. If I go 0-for-4 or 4-for-4, it’s not about me. One guy can’t win or lose you a ballgame.”