Aaron Judge continued his home-run hitting ways Saturday, another day of noteworthy long-ball achievements in major league baseball.
Judge hit his 10th home run of the season in the New York Yankees’ 12-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. With 10 home runs in April, he tied the record for the most in the month by a rookie in major league history, matching Jose Abreu in 2014 and Trevor Story in 2016.
It took Judge 22 team games to reach 10 home runs this season. Elias Sports Bureau research shows that only five Yankees players have needed fewer team games to reach double digits in home runs in a season. Three of them — Mickey Mantle (19 games in 1956), Babe Ruth (20 in 1921) and Yogi Berra (21 in 1956) — are in the Hall of Fame, and the other two are Alex Rodriguez (14 games in 2007) and Graig Nettles (17 in 1974).
Judge’s 10 home runs are the most in April by a player age 25 or younger in Yankees history. (Judge turned 25 this week.)
Saturday’s home run was calculated at 435 feet. It was Judge’s fifth home run of at least 425 feet this season, tied for the most in the majors.
Rare home run double Saturday
Gomez’s home run was calculated at 431 feet. It is tied for the second-longest home run as part of a cycle in the last five seasons.
Longest homer of season hit for second day in a row
Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb‘s fifth-inning home run off the Rockies’ Tyler Anderson was calculated at 468 feet, the longest home run in the majors this year. The previous longest this season was hit by the Orioles’ Manny Machado (466 feet) — all of one day earlier.
Lamb’s shot was the longest by a Diamondbacks player at home since October 2015 (Peter O’Brien, 471 feet).
Machado’s home run was one of 48 homers hit Friday. That is the most in one day this season, four more than on any other day.
On Saturday against the Cubs, Hanley Ramirez of the Red Sox turned a third-inning pitch into a 463-foot home run. He now has two of the four longest Red Sox home runs at Fenway Park since ESPN began tracking homers in 2009.
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Kemp became the first Braves player with three homers in a game since Mark Teixeira in 2008.