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.