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Judge hits 2 HRs, Stanton crushes 120 mph HR

Judge hits 2 HRs, Stanton crushes 120 mph HR

NEW YORK — As Aaron Judge completed his second trip around the bases on Saturday evening, stamping his foot on home plate after another of the Yankees’ season-high six home runs, loud chants of ‘M-V-P!’ could be heard ringing throughout the Yankee Stadium grandstand.

Judge said he considered it “just noise,” but who would argue with the sentiment? Judge cleared the fences twice, extending his Major League lead to 24 home runs, and Giancarlo Stanton reached the second deck with a 119.8 mph missile as the Yankees romped to an 8-0 thrashing of the Cubs.

“I’m a sucker for a good rally — doubles in the gaps, runners in scoring position,” Judge said. “But six solo shots and one [RBI] single? That’s pretty nice, too.”

All the Yanks’ home runs came off rookie Matt Swarmer, helping New York (43-16) win for the 10th time in 11 games. Judge launched the right-hander’s second pitch over the left-field wall for the second leadoff homer of his career, then he cleared the fences again in the fifth inning.

“Unreal,” Stanton said. “It’s fun to watch. We all have the best seat in the house to it. We all kind of laugh as well after he puts up nights like this.”

The Yankees have hit a Major League-best 94 home runs, including 21 in their last eight games. The runner-up in 2017 American League MVP voting, when he was the AL’s unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year, Judge is on a mission to secure more than hardware in ’22.

Judge’s 24 homers are tied for the third-most in franchise history through the Bombers’ first 59 games, trailing only Babe Ruth (26 in 1928) and Mickey Mantle (25 in ’56). Ruth had 24 homers through 59 games in both 1921 and ’30.

“Judgie gets you going right away with the leadoff homer again,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “That was big.”

With Jordan Montgomery pumping the zone over seven scoreless innings, shaving the left-hander’s season ERA to 2.70, Stanton padded the Yanks’ lead with a…

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