Move over, Joe DiMaggio. Aaron Judge homered his way into the Yankees’ history books on Friday night, recording his 30th home run to surpass the 29-home run record DiMaggio set during his rookie year. Now, thanks to Judge, no one in franchise history has touched 30 home runs in their rookie season — and we haven’t even reached the All-Star break yet.
The historic blast came in the fifth inning of Friday’s 9-4 loss to the Brewers, when Judge connected on a 1-0 changeup from Josh Hader, sending it a projected 432 feet to put the Yankees up 4-2:
Not only did the rookie right fielder tie DiMaggio’s club-best mark, but he extended his personal home run streak to three games after hitting a solo home run on Tuesday and a record-tying two-run shot on Wednesday.
The Yankees, meanwhile, dropped their third consecutive game after a five-run rally helped the Brewers to a sizable lead in the seventh inning. With the loss, the Yankees drop to 4.5 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East, while the Brewers now sit a full 4.5 games above the second-place Cubs in the NL Central.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.