Blazing Home Run by Aaron Judge Sets Tone for Yankees


“There’s not a hole,” Judge said. “Up and down, even in the leadoff spot, you’ve got guys that can hit homers.”

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Aaron Hicks sliding into third base on a fourth-inning single by Judge, who also walked and doubled.

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Tillman recorded only four outs and was charged with nine earned runs, the most of his nine-year career. The Yankees’ hit parade paused only occasionally for Severino to mow down the Orioles lineup. He struck out eight over seven innings and allowed only two hits, including a solo homer by Chris Davis.

Severino was perfect through four innings, and it appeared as if no Oriole might mar his line. But he opened the fifth by missing with a 3-2 pitch to walk Mark Trumbo. After he struck out Davis, Trey Mancini singled to right field to break up Severino’s bid for a no-hitter. Davis finally put the Orioles on the board in the seventh, but by then the Yankees had a lead better measured in touchdowns.

Severino continues to shine after last year’s disappointing showing as a starter. In his past seven starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.90 earned run average.

“His stuff was really good tonight,” said Girardi, who called it “another outstanding performance.”

Before Severino was moved to the bullpen last September, he occasionally struggled the way Tillman did on Saturday.

Tillman opened the game with two quick outs before Judge blasted his 19th home run of the season. For his teammates, it was a sight to behold.

“I’m sure he can hit it to 122 or 123,” Sanchez said. “He has a lot of power.”

More than Sanchez?

“That home run I hit, I hit it pretty good, and I think it was 114,” Sanchez said. “I don’t think I can go beyond that.”

Holliday followed with a single, and Castro doubled to put two runners on. Sanchez floated a two-run single into left field and then scored on Gregorius’s homer. Chase Headley drew a walk, and Chris Carter drove him in with a single before Tillman got the final out of the first.

When Tillman next faced Judge, in the second inning, he avoided tossing any fastballs near the plate, issuing a walk on four pitches. His control problems continued; he walked Holliday on four pitches and fell behind Castro in the count, 3-0, before allowing a three-run homer. That prompted Orioles Manager Buck Showalter to call upon the bullpen, mercifully ending Tillman’s night.

The Yankees piled on with a three-run home run by Holliday in the fourth inning. Judge drove in his second and third runs of the night with a double in the fifth. Sanchez added a two-run homer three innings later.

As if 16 runs and 121.1 m.p.h. were not sufficiently gaudy numbers for the Yankees on Saturday night, there was one that was perhaps even more pleasant for fans to see. With the win, the Yankees moved 13 games over .500, their best mark of the season.

INSIDE PITCH

After throwing 18 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday, Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to pitch for Class A Tampa on Tuesday and Class AA Trenton on Friday before he rejoins the Yankees for the conclusion of their series next weekend in Oakland. Chapman has been on the disabled list since May 13 with inflammation in his left shoulder. … Jacoby Ellsbury, however, is unlikely to be with the Yankees on their West Coast trip, which begins Monday in Los Angeles. Joe Girardi said Ellsbury would instead head to Trenton to continue rehabbing as he attempts to return from a concussion. … Girardi announced that Chad Green would start Sunday’s series finale. After the game, the Yankees designated Tommy Layne for assignment and recalled Domingo German from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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