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Aaron Judge’s two-run homer stakes Yankees to early lead in AL Wild Card game

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The “opener” isn’t working well for the Athletics in Wednesday’s AL Wild Card game against the Yankees. Hendriks walked Andrew McCutchen to start the game, then served up a no-doubt two-run home run to Aaron Judge, staking the Yankees to an early 2-0 lead.

Hendriks bounced back, retiring Aaron Hicks on a line out, Giancarlo Stanton on strikes, and Luke Voit on a fly out. It took him 25 pitches to get through the first inning. Fortunately, the A’s were only relying on him to pitch one inning.

The Athletics’ offense, in the top half of the first inning, went down in 1-2-3 order against Luis Severino. Severino recorded two of the outs on strikeouts and threw only 10 pitches in total. His stuff looked electric.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.