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Yankees’ Aaron Judge launches 50th home run of season vs. Angels

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge blasted his 50th home run of the 2022 MLB season Monday night in the top of the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels. Judge took Angels righty reliever Ryan Tepera deep for a solo shot to center field on a 1-1 curveball.

The Yankees trailed 4-3 after the home run.

Judge’s last 50-home run season came in 2017, when he hit 52. He had 39 last year.

Judge was intentionally walked by Los Angeles starter José Suarez twice earlier in the contest Monday. In his two prior games over the weekend against the Oakland Athletics, Judge was held hitless. His 49th home run came last Friday against the A’s.

The Angels took the first lead of Monday’s game in the bottom of the second inning, when Luis Rengifo homered off New York starter Frankie Montas. The Yankees got the run back in the top of the third, when Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored on a sacrifice bunt from DJ LeMahieu, then took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth with an Anthony Rizzo home run.

Los Angeles countered with a solo home run from Mike Ford in the bottom of the fourth, then went up 4-2 on a Shohei Ohtani home run — scoring Mike Trout — in the bottom of the fifth.

(Photo: Vincent Carchietta / USA Today)

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