Stunned Yankees react to Aaron Judge homer nearly leaving Safeco Field

Posted July 23, 2017

When the ball eventually landed, it was in the third to last row of the ball park. "Where I was sitting, you never think it's possible that somebody could hit the ball up there".

It was only a matter of time until Aaron Judge broke Statcast. The Mariners suggested the home run measured 440 feet but that figure is perplexing to anyone with eyes. MLB Statcast could not get an accurate read on the distance, leaving the Mariners staff to estimate a 440-foot shot. Headley led off with a double and scored on Clint Frazier's double.

Photo Matt Holliday, left, congratulating Judge after his homer on Friday. He finished with four RBI for the Yankees while Didi Gregorius had three hits.

Aaron Judge hit a colossal three-run homer that almost soared out of Safeco Field, and CC Sabathia won on his 37th birthday as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Friday night.

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When it was suggested that Judge had not been impressed, he smiled.

Moore, making his fifth career start, allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings, falling to 1-2, 5.70. And, they added two more runs in the ninth inning on Robinson Cano's throwing error. David Robertson struck out the side in an impressive inning, his first appearance since being reacquired from the White Sox in a trade.

The fly ball by Judge might have been a portent that he was beginning to thaw. His home run was his 31st of the season and his first since the All-Star break.

Alex Gordon had three hits and drove in three Royals runs, while Merrifield also had a two-run double in the fourth.

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"It's just noise", he said. Mike Moustakas hit his 26th home run.

"It's baseball", Judge said. "It's just part of the process". It's about sticking with the process, sticking with your routine.

"It was just, 'Wow.' We've seen him hit a couple like that before".

For one night, at least, Judge resumed what had become his usual role in it.

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