Judge hits grand slam for 41st HR, Yanks rally past Royals

by | Jul 30, 2022 | Sports

NEW YORK — There’s no sorcery to Aaron Judge’s recent success, although it looks that way, even close up.“Just takes the magic wand and does his thing,” Yankees ace Gerrit Cole said.No doubt, this is Judge’s show. He added a new trick Friday night, too — making someone else’s homer disappear.Judge became the first big leaguer with 40 homers this season, smashed a grand slam for No. 41 and robbed a home run in right field as New York rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 11-5 Friday night.“He’s amazing,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s just doing some really special things.”Isiah Kiner-Falefa lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning as New York completed its major league-leading 29th comeback victory. It only seems as though Judge has had a hand in all of them.“It’s like a steady dose of amazingness,” Cole said. A free agent at the end of the season, Judge is on pace for 66 home runs, which would top Roger Maris’ club record of 61 in 1961. Judge, Maris and Babe Ruth in 1928 are the only Yankees with at least 40 homers by the end of July, per MLB.com.Judge was lavished with “MVP!” chants throughout the night, none louder than after his slam in the eighth cemented yet another Yankees rally. He also had a single and finished w …

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