Yankees lose finale in Texas without Judge, end with 99 Ws

Oct 5, 2022, 4:01 AM | Updated: 5:49 pm
Texas Rangers' Charlie Culberson, New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka and umpire Lew Williams,...

Texas Rangers' Charlie Culberson, New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka and umpire Lew Williams, right rear, watch the flight of Culberson's solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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              Texas Rangers right fielder Bubba Thompson fields a single hit by New York Yankees Kyle Higashioka during the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. Yankees Oswald Peraza scored on the play. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              New York Yankees' Aaron Judge sits in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              Texas Rangers starting pitcher Glenn Otto throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              Texas Rangers' Jonah Heim runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              New York Yankees Jose Trevino runs out his solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              New York Yankees' Aaron Judge sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              Texas Rangers' Charlie Culberson, New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka and umpire Lew Williams, right rear, watch the flight of Culberson's solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The New York Yankees settled for 99 wins in the regular season, and the American League record 62 home runs for slugger Aaron Judge.

Their focus has already shifted to trying to win their 28th World Series title, and first since 2009.

“This is the fun part of the year,” Judge said.

Judge was out of the lineup a day after hitting his American League record 62nd homer, and the Yankees lost their regular-season finale 4-2 against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday to finish with 99 wins. At the beginning of July, New York was on pace for 118 wins, four more than the franchise record set in 1998.

“AL East champs. I mean, that’s what we hope for in the regular season. You know, we put ourselves in a good spot now. So I guess first mission accomplished in that regard,” manager Aaron Boone said. “There’s some satisfaction in that. But, you know, our group … we want to win it all. And that’s what we’re focused on now.”

Jose Trevino homered for the AL East champion Yankees (99-63), who missed a chance to reach 100 wins for the 22nd time and give the major leagues five 100-win teams for the first time. They get an extended break before opening the AL Division Series at home on Tuesday.

While Judge made his case to play in the regular-season finale, Boone insisted on a break for after the slugger played 55 consecutive games, and 157 overall, in the pursuit of Roger Maris’ single-season home run mark that had stood since 1961.

Fans in the crowd of 28,056 chanted “We Want Judge! We Want Judge!” in the ninth inning, hoping to get to see him get a shot at one more homer.

“Not today. He got plenty of them all year,” Boone said. “Hopefully, we’ve got a lot left now in the postseason.”

Judge finished with a .311 batting average, second in the AL behind the .316 of Minnesota’s Luis Arraez. Judge led the other Triple Crown categories with 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Charlie Culberson and Jonah Heim homered for the Rangers (68-94), who wrapped up their sixth consecutive losing season. Texas was 17-31 after interim manager Tony Beasley took over Aug. 15, when fourth-year manager Chris Woodward was fired and two days before president of baseball operations and longtime general manager Jon Daniels was also let go.

Texas had lost seven games in a row before its 3-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night.

“It is good to be able to end on a winning note. Really we played a good series,” Beasley said. ” That was good for the guys to come out, compete until the end and not quit and not give up. … That’s a testament to the guys in that clubhouse and the character in the clubhouse and what they’re made out of. So those are positive signs of moving forward.”

Rangers rookie Glenn Otto (7-10) struck out five and walked two while allowing two runs and four hits over six innings. Matt Moore, the third Texas reliever, worked the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.

New York starter Domingo Germán (2-5) gave up four runs over 4 1/3 innings, ending his career-best streak of 12 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer.

Trevino’s solo homer in the fourth inning, his 11th overall but first in 40 games, put the Yankees up 2-1. Texas got even on Heim’s 16th homer in the bottom half, then went ahead in the fifth when Bubba Thompson had an RBI double and scored on Marcus Semien’s single.

Veteran utility player Culberson, who played for only the third time in the past 32 games, hit his second homer in the third.

SEATS

A crowd of 28,056, a day after only the third home sellout, left attendance at 2,011,361 their 13th straight full season of 2 million or more. They drew 2,132,994 in 2019, the final season of their old ballpark.

SHORT HOPS

Rangers 1B Nathaniel Lowe singled and walked to finish the season batting .302, the team’s first qualifier to hit .300 since Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre both did in 2016. Lowe had 93 hits after the All-Star break. … The game broadcast Tuesday night on the Yankees’ YES Network averaged 636,000 viewers and peaked at 933,000 for the 8:15-8:30 p.m. EDT quarter hour, just after Judge’s 62nd homer. The Yankees are averaging 371,000 viewers on YES, their highest since 2011. … The Yankees had a plus-240 run differential, only the second time since 1955 it was that high. The other was plus-309 in 1998.

POSTGAME CELEBRATION

Boone said the entire team got together after Tuesday night’s game to celebrate Judge’s 61st homer and Gerrit Cole’s 257 strikeouts that broke Ron Guidry’s franchise single-season record set in 1978, when he was 25-3 and won the AL Cy Young Award.

“Those two records to fall in probably 5, 7 minutes was crazy. It’s unbelievable,” said Boone, adding that the celebration included Guidry calling in to congratulate Cole, with the entire team able to hear and share in that.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres missed the entire four-game series after being a late scratch from the starting lineup Monday for flu-like symptoms. Boone said Torres was feeling better and had no fever, but still was dealing with a sore throat and body aches. A COVID test came back negative.

UP NEXT

The Yankees host play Cleveland or Tampa Bay in the ALDS. The Rangers will have a managerial search, and their next game is the 2023 season opener March 30 at home against Philadelphia.

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