NEW YORK — Aaron Judge eclipsed Babe Ruth’s 96-year-old record for the most roundtrippers hit at home by a Yankees player, and CC Sabathia walked off to a standing ovation on Saturday at Yankee Stadium as New York defeated the Blue Jays, 2-1, in its penultimate game of the regular season.
Judge’s 484-foot blast off Toronto starter Marcus Stroman was his American League-leading 52nd homer and his second longest of the season, according to Statcast™, marking the rookie’s 33rd in the Bronx this season. Ruth hit 32 home runs just across the Harlem River in 1921, when the Yankees still called the Polo Grounds home.
Trailing the Red Sox by two games in the AL East with two to play entering Saturday, the Yankees substituted Sabathia in place of scheduled starter Jaime Garcia. Making what could be his final regular-season start in pinstripes, Sabathia did his part by blanking Toronto on four hits over 5 2/3 stellar innings, but the Red Sox defeated the Astros at Fenway Park to clinch their second straight AL East title. The Yankees now turn their attention to the AL Wild Card Game, which will be played on Tuesday against the Twins in New York.
Starlin Castro added a fourth-inning RBI single off Stroman, who finished his year with a 3.09 ERA in 33 starts. Josh Donaldson lifted a seventh-inning sacrifice fly off David Robertson that was knocked down by the wind. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth inning for his 22nd save.
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