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Aaron Judge hits 51st home run of the season while outfielder aims for ALL-TIME record

Aaron Judge hits a stunning 51st home run of the season while the outfielder has his sights set on the all-time AL record and the Yankees end their losing streak

  • Aaron Judge is just 10 homers away from breaking the American League record
  • The 30-year-old now has 51 this year and 32 games left
  • Roger Maris’ AL record of 61 homers has stood since 1961

Aaron Judge isn’t slowing down in his quest for the single-season AL home run record as he blasted his 51st of the season on Tuesday night to come within just 10 from Roger Maris.

With two outs and two runners on base in the fourth inning, Judge pounced on Angels starter Mike Mayers and sent the ball down the right field wall at center.

The home run extended the Yankees’ lead to 7-2 against the Angels, and the team held on for a later 7-4 win.

Aaron Judge's triple home run on Tuesday gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead

Aaron Judge’s triple home run on Tuesday gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead

The win sparked a three-game losing streak for the Yankees.

Just the night before, Judge took the air and became only the 10th player in MLB history to hit at least 50 homers twice in a season.

Amazingly, Judge’s likely 2022 MVP winner is not yet his most prolific in terms of home runs, having hit 52 in his rookie year.

However, with the Yankees still having 32 games to play, Judge has a legitimate shot at beating Roger Maris’ AL record of 61.

That record has stood since 1961, with Alex Rodriguez (then of Rangers) coming closest to breaking it in the modern game in 2002 with 57 homers.

Judge was a bright spark for New York amid the team's summer struggles

Judge was a bright spark for New York amid the team’s summer struggles

Judge needs to hit 10 homers in the next 32 games to break the record, and given the pace at which he’s currently playing — he has five in his last 10 games — hitting 61 seems extremely doable.

The MLB one-year record (set in the NL) is Barry Bond’s 73 for the Giants in 2001.

The Yankees drew 79-51 with the win.

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