Aaron Judge is one of the best players playing in Major League Baseball today, and he backed that up yet again on Thursday as he led the New York Yankees past the Kansas City Royals by a solitary one run to zero. The only run of the game was produced in the bottom of the ninth at Yankee Stadium as the big man strolled to the plate and launched a solo shot over the wall to give him three walk offs on the season and run his total tally to 39 homers thus far.
Prior to his hit, the Bronx Bombers had just collected one hit in the contest, so this underlines how big of a moment this was for him and the team. Elsewhere, a player that could be on the move was making sure to soak in the moment as he played a starring role on Thursday. Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles hit an inside-the-park home run as the O’s won 3-0 over the Tampa Bay Rays. He would receive a standing ovation from the crowd as well, with some speculating that he could be traded. The fact that Baltimore have put together two winning months in a row, however, and that they have a 50-49 record, too, means that there status as sellers is in doubt. And finally, Shohei Ohtani continued to be excellent despite the LA Angels’ overall incompetence as a team. The Japanese superstar pitched six innings and struck out 11 while giving up just two runs, but his team couldn’t muster any offense as they fell 2-0 to the Texas Rangers. Ohtani said after the game that he’s an Angel for now, leading to speculation from many a fan as to where he might be headed one day.