Aaron Judge joins exclusive club with 60th home run

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New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits 60th home run, one shy of Roger Maris’ AL single-season record

NEW YORK — Only five players had hit 60 home runs in a single season in the history of the major leagues — that is, until New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge joined that exclusive club with a solo homer against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Judge turned on a sinker from right-hander Wil Crowe leading off the final frame and drove it 430 feet into the left-field bleachers, sparking a five-run, ninth-inning rally for a 9-8 Yankees win.

He took a rare curtain call, forced by his teammates.

“I really didn’t want to do it, especially, we’re losing. It’s a solo shot,” Judge said.

Said Giancarlo Stanton, who delivered a game-ending grand slam: “He hit 60 tonight, and it’s like nothing happened. He’s got more work to do, and that’s the mindset, and that’s how it will always be. It’s fun to be a part of.”

The All-Star outfielder is now one homer shy of tying Roger Maris’ American League single-season record of 61 home runs, set in 1961, which also stood as the major league mark for 37 years.

With his 60th home run, the 6-foot-7 Judge tied Babe Ruth (1927) for eighth place on the single-season home run list.

“I don’t think about the numbers,” Judge said. “When you talk about Ruth and Maris and [Mickey] Mantle and all these Yankees greats that did so many great things in this game, you never imagine as a kid being mentioned with them. It’s an incredible honor. It’s something I don’t take lightly at all. But we’re not done. We still have a couple games left in this season and hopefully a couple of more wins come with them.

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