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Aaron Judge homers in second game back as Yankees rebound vs. Orioles – The Denver Post

BALTIMORE — It didn’t take long for Aaron Judge to make his presence felt.

After drawing three walks in his Friday return, the reigning MVP got his bat going in the Yankees’ 8-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Judge, playing the field for the first time since tearing a ligament in his right big toe on June 3, recorded three hits, including a two-run, 442-foot blast to centerfield.

The home run, Judge’s 20th of the year, came in the third inning off Tyler Wells. The Orioles starter, a frequent victim of Judge’s power, exited shortly after that.

Judge wasn’t the only Yankees slugger to homer off Wells, as Giancarlo Stanton hit a 427-foot missile with nobody on in the first inning. Kyle Higashioka then crushed a Cole Irvin pitch 428 feet for another solo shot in the sixth inning.

However, it was Isiah Kiner-Falefa who broke the game open, as he ended a 10-pitch at-bat with a three-run double off Bryan Baker in the sixth. The two-bagger gave the Yankees five-run lead.

Kiner-Falefa, who walked twice, also forced a 10-pitch at-bat his first time up.

The Yankees scored an additional run in the fourth when Gleyber Torres lofted a sac fly.

Clarke Schmidt, meanwhile, fought hard to continue his run of dependability. The right-hander totaled five innings, five hits, three earned runs, one walk, two strikeouts and 96 pitches.

Ryan Mountcastle hit a solo homer off Schmidt in the second before Ramón Urías added a run on an infield single. The Orioles scored again in the fifth on an Anthony Santander groundout, but Schmidt got Ryan O’Hearn on a check swing to end the inning with a runner on third.

Having preserved a one-run lead with a devastating, 3-2 breaking ball, Schmidt excitedly spun off the mound before calling it a night.

With the series all tied up and the trade deadline approaching, the Yankees will try to grab one more win in Baltimore when they play the Orioles on Sunday Night Baseball. Luis Severino, coming off two solid starts following prolonged struggles, will pitch the series finale for the Yankees.

Dean Kramer will start for the Orioles. The right-hander held the Yankees to one earned run over seven innings on July 5. He struck out 10 that day.

Once the Yankees wrap things up in Baltimore, they’ll head home for a three-game series against the Rays and a four-game series against the Astros. The series against Tampa Bay overlaps with Tuesday’s deadline.


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