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Video: Aaron Judge clubs hardest-hit home run in Statcast era

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Those looking to unseat Aaron Judge from the Statcast leaderboard still have a lot of catching up to do. The rookie slugger grabbed hold of his 19th home run on Saturday, mashing an 0-1 pitch from the Orioles’ Chris Tillman an estimated 382 feet to left field in the first inning.

At 121.1 MPH, the blast was the hardest-hit home run in the Statcast era, eclipsing even Giancarlo Stanton‘s 120.3 MPH base hit in 2015. Judge now stands alone with the fourth hardest-hit balls of 2017, including a single, double and home run that all reached at least 119 MPH over the last two months.

Judge’s record-setting shot was the first of five hit by the Yankees during their 16-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Didi Gregorius, Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez also added to their home run totals, with Sanchez’s eighth-inning, 115.1 MPH homer the hardest-hit one of his career to date.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.