Aaron Judge joins Mark McGwire as only rookies to have a 40-homer season

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge launched his 40th home run of the season, joining Mark McGwire as the only rookies to hit 40-plus homers in a season. McGwire, of course, launched 49 dingers for the Athletics in 1987.

Judge’s blast came in the top of the fourth inning with the bases empty, two outs, and a 3-2 count with the Yankees already leading 8-1.

Along with 40 homers, Judge is batting .275/.410/.576 with 89 RBI and 106 runs scored. The Yankees have 20 games left on the schedule, so Judge will have to go on a serious tear to match or surpass McGwire’s rookie record.

Update (5:44 PM ET): Judge hit No. 41, his second of the game, with the bases empty in the top of the sixth inning, boosting the Yankees’ lead to 12-4.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.