Judge clouts 22nd homer, propels Yankees past Angels 5-3

Instead, as Yankees DH Matt Holliday said on Saturday, regardless of awards, Judge may be just getting started. The world bore witness to that poise on Friday night, when Montgomery rebounded from a rough second inning to end up pitching seven strong in the Yankees' eventual 8-2 win over Baltimore. "Our people determined that he's not ready to come back yet", manager Joe Girardi said. He took short toss and went out and took ground balls, felt good. "They have some big right-handed bats and he did a good job". Hicks hit a two-run shot into the second deck in right for his 10th home run, giving him 34 RBIs.

Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save, his first since May 27.

"I know how I feel".

"He got a pitch and he crushed it", Girardi said.

Montgomery (4-4) set a career high with eight strikeouts in the longest of his 11 major league starts.

We will use our discretion and will not hold the Angels Twitter person in contempt, but going forward, he or she had best learn to respect the Judge. "I don't see why I wouldn't. I'm just trying to find my tempo and roll with it".

From his physical tools to the adjustments he's made in the pros to the combination of time, place, and team, no individual part of Judge's ascent to stardom is that unlikely on its own.

Judge takes center stage now, as we put into perspective his four-hit, four-run, two-homer performance, which included a ho-hum 495-foot blast that CLEARED THE BLEACHERS in left-center at Yankee Stadium.

Baltimore, now sitting in fourth place in the division, is playing some of its worst baseball of not just this season, but the last few seasons. I just don't trust Tanaka right now, even given how hot the Yankees have been. We came into this series, I think 5-4 on the year on them, and obviously that changed.

And to top it off? In 27 games with the Yankees a year ago, judge struck out 42 times in 84 official at-bats.

"I really believe it's consistency in his mechanics", Girardi said. "He's been huge for us".

The last Yankee to be the first to 20 homers was Alex Rodriguez in 2007, when he hit 54 and went on to be named the AL MVP.

Wow, can you imagine someone hitting a home run more impressive than that only one day later? I tried to make some pitches to minimize.

Bibens-Dirkx (2-0) allowed a run and three hits in seven innings in his second career start (see full recap). "He's gotten some big hits, playing good defense, whether he's in center or left".

With his parents in the stands for Judge's first Major League Baseball game in his home state, the freshly-crowned AL Player of the Week heard familiar chants of "M-V-P, " usually reserved here for Mike Trout, on the disabled list due to torn ligament in his left thumb.

"Standing tall at 6'7", Aaron Judge made his Major League Baseball debut on August 13, 2016, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tanaka, who got a no-decision, gave up three runs (one earned) and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

-Since saying "I'm better than this" after a rough start in Kansas City, Montgomery is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his last four starts.

Enter Gary Sanchez. The 24-year-old catching phenom, who signed as an worldwide free agent in 2009, tore up major league pitching in his 53-game stint in The Show in 2016. It just went out.

Last season, no one would have expected this from Severino.

However, between the reigning AL MVP Mike Trout is now on the disabled list, and Judge's tremendous numbers, it's looking more and more plausible with each passing day that the Yankee right fielder could not only win AL Rookie of the Year but also win AL MVP honors as well. (Hicks) will play a lot.

"I was in such a hurry to get the breaking stuff going, it kind of snowballed real quick", Tillman said.

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