New York Yankee Aaron Judge wins the Home Run Derby
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 11, 2017 10:36 AM
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge competes in the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
MIAMI (AP) — Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees has won the Home Run Derby, adding that title to his burgeoning list of rookie accomplishments.
Judge beat Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins 11-10 in the final at Marlins Park on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). He becomes the fourth Yankees player to win the Derby after Tino Martinez in 1997, Jason Giambi in 2002 and Robinson Cano in 2011.
Judge will bat third for the AL in Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) All-Star Game. The rookie leads the majors with 30 home runs this season, and is a Triple Crown contender with his .329 average and 66 RBIs so far. No one in Yankees history has ever hit more homers in a rookie season.
Judge's display of power Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) started in batting practice, when he hit a ball off the retractable roof at the ballpark. He needed to rally to beat the Marlins' Justin Bour in the first round 24-22, then topped the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger to reach the final.