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Aaron Judge hit home runs No. 42 and 43

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Aaron Judge made some more headway towards Mark McGwire’s single-season rookie record for home runs, blasting home runs No. 42 and 43 on Thursday evening against the Orioles.

Judge’s first blast came in the fourth inning with two runners on base against Mike Wright on a 97 MPH fastball. That pushed the Yankees’ lead to 9-1, furthering a lead they would never relinquish. Statcast measured the homer at 448 feet.

The second one pushed the score to 12-2 in the sixth inning, another three-run bomb, this time off of Richard Rodriguez.

Judge will need six more homers to tie McGwire’s record at 49. The Yankees have 16 games left. It seems doable.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.