Yankees star Judge stays 1 homer shy of Maris’ AL mark of 61

Sep 26, 2022, 8:30 AM | Updated: Sep 27, 2022, 9:03 pm
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) swings at and misses a pitch next to Toronto Blue Jays catcher A...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) swings at and misses a pitch next to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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              New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) swings at and misses a pitch next to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              New York Yankees' Aaron Judge celebrates on the field with teammates after the team's win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. The Yankees clinched the AL East. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge smiles to the crowd during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a single to right field against the Toronto Blue Jays during first-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after flying out against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brayan Bello during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Jessie Alcheh)
            
              New York Yankees' Aaron Judge spits out his gum after striking out during sixth-inning baseball game action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              New York Yankees' Aaron Judge tosses his bat as he is walked by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman during third-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              A fan holds a sign as New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge prepares to bat against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brayan Bello during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Jessie Alcheh)
            
              New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after walking against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brayan Bello during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Jessie Alcheh)

A look at Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees as he approaches major home run milestones:

Season HR Total: 60

Tuesday’s Game: Went 0 for 1 with four walks in a 5-2 win at Toronto that clinched the AL East for the Yankees. Judge has gone seven games without a home run and remains short of the AL record of 61 set by Roger Maris of the Yankees in 1961. Judge’s longest homer drought this season was nine games in mid-August. Judge continues to lead the league in batting average (.314), RBIs (128) and home runs in his bid to win the Triple Crown.

Wednesday’s Matchup: The Yankees wrap up their three-game trip to Toronto. Right-hander Mitch White (1-6, 5.12 ERA) is set to start for the Blue Jays.

Current HR Pace: Judge is on pace to hit 63.1 home runs this season.

Next HR: Judge’s next home run would tie him with Maris. The Yankees have eight games remaining in the regular season.

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Yankees star Judge stays 1 homer shy of Maris’ AL mark of 61