New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit two home runs on Sunday, and in doing so joined some select company. His first home run made Judge just the second major league rookie ever to hit 40 home runs.
Judge has struggled mightily in the second half, hitting just .182/.346/.365 in 52 games since the All-Star break entering Sunday. But he had a breakout game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, with a solo home run against Nick Martinez in the fourth inning, then another solo shot against Yohander Mendez in the sixth.
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Mark McGwire is the only rookie to hit more home runs in a season than Judge, mashing 49 home runs in 1987 for the Oakland Athletics. Out in Los Angeles, Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger could soon join the 40-homer group. Bellinger entered Sunday with 37 home runs in his rookie campaign.
Even with his struggles, Judge is enjoying a fine rookie season, hitting .277/.411/.583, leading the American League in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, OPS, home runs (41) and runs scored (107).