Yankees belt four homers to bolster Tanaka in laugher

Yankees belt four homers to bolster Tanaka in laugher

When Yankee Stadium is empty, Aaron Judge is making jaws drop by hitting mammoth home runs off advertisements and over sports bars in batting practice.

The Yankees scored in the top of the first on a two-run home run by Chase Headley.

Now, he's gone from the California country to playing in New York City, where he takes taxis to the ballpark and gets recognized in the street. He had been 0-7 in 19 road starts since a victory at Tampa Bay for Baltimore on July 25, 2015. Severino gave up just one run until the eighth, but the Yankees lineup couldn't get the engine moving in the right direction.

In the bottom of the fifth Wednesday night, Aaron Judge stepped to the plate and hit a 448-foot bomb to increase the New York Yankees' lead over the Chicago White Sox, 8-1. I thought I beat him. They wasted a strong start from right-hander Jesse Chavez (1-2), who allowed two runs, seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. He threw just 88 pitches - needing three in the seventh despite Jacoby Ellsbury's leadoff bunt single.

"It's unbelievable", NY second baseman Starlin Castro said.

"His stuff was moving all over".

Gonzalez would hold the Yankees hitless until the fifth inning when Starlin Castro would reach base on a little infield single.

The shower of power that lit up a chilly Bronx night Wednesday was certainly impressive, and included the latest "Can't Miss" at-bat from Aaron Judge.

Severino (1-1) was dominant for much of the night, throwing his fastball at up to 99 miles per hour. In his first start this year against the Twins, Covey went 5.1 innings with five hits and one earned for a no-decision. He gave up consecutive singles to start the seventh and then a three-run homer to Yolmer Sanchez that ended his night.

2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on.

Anthony Rizzo ground out, and Russell hit his second home run this season, a drive into the left-field bleachers. The ball exited Anderson's bat at 102.1 miles per hour, an outcome that normally produces a hit 79 percent of the time, according to Baseball Savant. Greg Bird doubles to deep left center field.

"To be honest I don't even worry about the strikeouts", Judge said. "You can look at it that we're not hitting well with runners in scoring position or you can look at it like we've been getting a lot of runners on, and we've been patient, and we've taken our walks and the guys have worked pitchers really hard". NY is also 5-1 in Tanaka's last six starts in game three of a series, and 6-0 in Tanaka's last six starts versus the American League Central.

Outfielder Melky Cabrera will make his comeback to the active roster after flunking three games taking paternity leave.

Judge played baseball, basketball and football growing up before becoming a one-sport athlete when Fresno State offered him a baseball scholarship.

Left-hander Derek Holland with a record of 1-1 and ERA 1.50 will get down to his third straight quality start as the Sox travel to NY to take on the Yankees.

Quintana remains the big prize, but the more prospects the Sox can add to their pile, the better. Renteria (knee inflammation) said he was down to using one crutch and will have an MRI.

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