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Aaron Judge jersey sells for a record $157K

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The mania surrounding Home Run Derby champ Aaron Judge appears to have reached a new high. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that Judge’s game-worn MLB debut jersey sold for $157,366 on Sunday, eclipsing the price of any other game-worn jersey since 2002. That record doesn’t just encompass all MLB jerseys, but those across every professional sport in the U.S., including one of Steph Curry’s jerseys from the 2017 NBA Finals.

There’s no telling how long Judge will continue to mash home runs and obliterate single-season records, and while his league-best 33 homers and dazzling .305/.428/.638 batting line have turned heads, there’s a chance he’s due for a sophomore slump next year. That uncertainty, coupled with the rookie’s undeniable popularity, has continued to drive up the price for jerseys, rookie cards, bats — anything anyone can get their hands on. In addition to Judge’s MLB debut jersey, which went to merchandiser Steiner Sports, Rovell lists several other pieces of memorabilia that could fetch a hefty price:

Memory Lane recently acquired a Judge-used Double-A uniform that it is hoping to sell for $25,000. Goldin Auctions, in its next auction, has a Judge game-used jersey and signed game-used cleats, while SCP Auctions is auctioning off a jersey worn by Judge at Fresno State.

Of course, the opposite could be true. Should Judge continue to flourish with the Yankees, these will all look like bargain-bin prices by the end of what very well might be a long and illustrious career.

Update: The total price of Judge’s debut jersey reached $160,644.05 with commission.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.