NEW YORK (AP) – Yankees star Aaron Judge on Saturday became the second fastest player in major league history to reach 200 career home runs with a two-run drive in the second innings for New York against the Kansas City Royals.
The 6-foot-7 slugger, who became the first player in the Majors this season to reach 40 homers on Friday, fouled starter Jonathan Hesley’s two breaking balls before sending a 2-2 fastball into right-center field seats .
Judge’s 200th homer came in his 671st career game, behind only Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard, who achieved the feat in 658 games in 2009.
Judge has 42 homers this season and is on pace for 67. He is the most in MLB history with Sammy Sosa and behind Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire before August 2. Bond set a season record in 2001 with 73 homers.
A free agent at the end of the season, Judge has nine homers and 21 RBIs in 10 games since his All-Star break with a .447 batting average. After hitting just one homer in his first 13 games, Judge has connected for 36 in his last 79 appearances and remains on pace to surpass Roger Maris’ club record of 61, set in 1961. He is the 18th Yankee to reach the career milestone.
Judge hit a career-high 52 homers, winning the AL Rookie of the Year in 2017.
Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber is second in the Majors with 32. Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez is the only player to reach 30 this season.
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