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    Tuesday, July 16, 2024

    Judge hits MLB-best 25th homer into CF fountain, Yankees rout Royals 10-1

    New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. (Reed Hoffmann/AP Photo)

    Kansas City, Mo. — Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 25th home run with a 436-foot, two-run drive into the fountain behind the center-field seats, and the New York Yankees routed the Kansas City Royals 10-1 on Tuesday night for their 11th win in 14 games.

    Giancarlo Stanton followed Judge with a 446-foot shot to center off reliever Nick Anderson for his 16th home run of the season, and Austin Wells hit a three-run homer off starter Brady Singer.

    Back in the lineup after his first game off this season, Judge hit his 21st homer in his last 41 games and also singled in New York’s first run. Judge raised his average to .309 and is hitting .419 with 44 RBI in his last 35 games after batting .197 through May 2.

    AL-best New York (48-21) improved to 39-4 when Judge and Stanton homer in the same game, including the playoffs, and to 16-1 against the AL Central this season. The Yankees are a season-best 27 games over .500.

    Aaron Boone got his 557th victory, moving past Billy Martin into sole possession of seventh among Yankees managers.

    Marcus Stroman (6-2) allowed four hits and three walks in 5.2 innings, boosting his record to 4-0 in his last six starts. Ron Marinaccio struck out Drew Waters, stranding the bases loaded in the sixth.

    Juan Soto played right field for the Yankees and went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks before leaving with New York ahead 10-0 in the seventh. After missing the weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of left forearm inflammation, Soto was the designated hitter Monday and went 1-for-3 with a walk.

    Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo returned after consecutive days off and went 0-for-4. He is 1-for-33 in June, dropping his average to .221

    Anthony Volpe led off with his seventh triple of the season, Soto walked and Judge followed with an RBI single. Alex Verdugo’s groundout advanced the runners and Soto slid home on Stanton’s grounder to third baseman Maikel Garcia, slapping his left hand on the plate ahead of Salvador Perez’s tag.

    Singer (4-3) gave up seven runs — six earned — and seven hits in 5.2 innings. Kansas City has lost 10 of 15 following an eight-game winning streak.

    Freddy Fermin homered off Marinaccio in the eighth. First baseman/outfielder Nick Pratto made his professional pitching debut with a one-hit ninth for Kansas City in his first big league appearance this season.

    Trainer’s room

    Royals: Kansas City did not have an update on OF Hunter Renfroe, who fractured his left big toe in the series opener. Renfroe was placed on the 10-day IL and INF Adam Frazier on the bereavement list. The Royals recalled Pratto and OF Drew Waters from Triple-A Omaha.

    Yankees: OF Jasson Domínguez (Tommy John surgery) was 1 for 5 with an RBI single for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is batting .440 with two homers and three RBI in six games with the RailRiders.

    Up next

    RHP Cody Poteet (2-0, 1.72 ERA) starts Wednesday for the Yankees.

    New York Yankees' Juan Soto, left, celebrates with Aaron Judge after Judge drove him in with a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. (Reed Hoffmann/AP Photo)

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