Torres leads Yankees to AL East clinching 5-2 win against Blue Jays, Judge stays at 60 HR but draws four walks

TORONTO — There was finally something to celebrate Tuesday night.

While Aaron Judge is still chasing history, he drew four walks and scored twice as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 5-2 to clinch the American League East and the No. 2 seed in the American League playoffs.

It’s just the second division title for the Yankees (95-59) in the last 10 seasons. They also won in Aaron Boone’s second season, 2019, when they advanced to the AL Championship Series. The No. 2 seed also comes with a first-round bye under the new MLB playoff structure. The Blue Jays (87-68) are still playing to clinch an AL Wild Card berth.

While the Yankees had to go an impressive 16-7 in September after a brutal 10-18 August, it was still a little anticlimactic with Judge holding on 60 home runs for the seventh straight game. He is one shy of the iconic Yankee and American League regular-season record of 61. Instead of powering the Yankees Tuesday night, Judge passed the baton. Gleyber Torres went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Aaron Hicks doubled in a run and Anthony Rizzo singled in another. Kyle Higashioka also went 3-for-4.

torres leads yankees to al east clinching 5-2 win against blue jays, judge stays at 60 hr but draws four walks

Aaron Judge walked four times against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. (Nathan Denette/AP)

And Jameson Taillon, after giving up a lead-off homer to George Springer, was devastatingly effective, retiring 16 of the next 17 batters he faced. Springer singled off him in the bottom of the sixth. He allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out six. For the 13th time in 31 starts, he did not issue a walk.

The Blue Jays pitchers challenged Judge, who finished 1-for-2 Tuesday night. He went to full counts in each of his five at-bats, falling behind 0-1 in his first four.

In his first at-bat on Tuesday night, Judge lined a ball right into the glove of third baseman Matt Chapman. In the third inning, Judge came to bat with Higashioka on base with one out. He fell behind 0-1, but worked an eight-pitch walk as the Yankees began to rally. Rizzo’s ground ball got past second baseman Whit Merrifield to score Higashioka. Then, Judge scored on Torres’ single to center field.

In the fifth, Judge led off with a six-pitch walk and scored on another Torres single. In the top of the sixth, with one out and Hicks on second, the Blue Jays brought in right-hander Zach Pop, who actually got ahead of him 0-2, before Judge worked an eight-pitch walk.

Judge has now gone 31 plate appearances since hitting No. 60 a week ago against the Pirates. He’s had just two streaks of 30-plus plate appearances without a homer this season. There was a 41-plate appearance drought in August and another 30-plate appearance drought in April. It is the second longest game drought of the season for Judge, who went nine games without a homer this season. He’s reached base safely in 15 of those 31 plate appearances with 13 walks.

And with a .314 batting average, Judge still holds a narrow lead over Xander Bogaerts (.313) and Luis Arraez (.313). He is vying to be the first Triple Crown winner since Miguel Cabrera did it in 2012. Judge’s 128 RBI are 11 more than Jose Ramirez’s for 117 for the most in the AL.

Judge has just three homers in 67 at-bats against the Blue Jays this season.

There is a little less pressure on Judge here at the Rogers Centre. With the Blue Jays looking to clinch a playoff spot, the Yankees’ fans who traveled here hoping to see history are outnumbered. Back in the Bronx last week, Judge heard roars every time he went to the plate and the venue went quiet as each pitch was delivered. Fans groaned every time he did not hit a homer — including when he doubled. Monday night, there were boos when he was walked, but it was almost normal when he struck out and Blue Jays fans went crazy.

Judge has been downplaying the intense spotlight on him.

“Well, nothing’s like Yankee Stadium. That’s for sure,” Judge said. “I know the Roger Centre here gets pretty loud and pretty packed, but nothing like Yankee Stadium. But it felt just like a normal game. For me. That’s like the past couple days.”

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Martin Lewis warns Brits over big energy bill shock in January – and two types of household will be worst hit

MARTIN LEWIS has warned some households will see their energy bills rise in January. In his latest newsletter, the consumer champion explained how prepayment meter customers and those who pay ... Read more »

UK Weather – Brits to brace themselves for SNOW with warnings for commuter chaos on roads

BRITS are being warned to brace themselves for snow as warnings are issued to commuters. The freezing wintery conditions could hit as early as next week as temperatures plummet to ... Read more »

Millionaire Russian businessman, 58, arrested at London mansion by National Crime Agency unit for ‘money laundering’

A MILLIONAIRE Russian businessman has been arrested at his luxury London mansion on suspicion of money laundering. The 58-year-old man is also accused of conspiracy to defraud the Home office ... Read more »

Half of GP clinics have joined Healthier SG’s primary care network: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE – Half of the general practitioner (GP) clinic population here have joined the primary care network (PCN), a national programme that allows doctors to share resources and operate in ... Read more »

Iran's hijab law under review: Attorney-general

TEHERAN – Iran’s parliament and the judiciary are reviewing a law which requires women to cover their heads, and which triggered more than two months of deadly protests, the attorney-general ... Read more »

The Biggest Unanswered Questions From Forrest Gump

Paramount Pictures The 1994 dramedy “Forrest Gump” – based on Winston Groom’s novel of the same name – tells the story of the titular man and his extraordinary life. Forrest finds himself ... Read more »

Wayne's World's 12 Most Hilarious Moments Ranked

Paramount Pictures/YouTube “Wayne’s World” hit theaters in 1992 and immediately delighted audiences with its hilarious gags and an all-star cast. Based on the popular “Saturday Night Live” sketch, Mike Myers plays ... Read more »

Questions From That '70s Show That We Still Don't Have Answers To

Carsey-Werner “That ’70s Show” ranks as one of the great friends-as-family sitcoms, one of the best teen shows, and among the last great comedies of the laugh-track-and-multi-camera era of the ... Read more »

2022 FIFA World Cup Favorites Entering Knockout Round

With the round of 16 set to begin on Saturday, here's a look at which teams have the best chance of winning the 2022 World Cup Read more »

Beijing and other cities in China end required COVID-19 tests for public transit

Residents wearing masks wait at a public bus stop in Beijing on Saturday. Chinese authorities announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing ... Read more »

Mom, 30, dies days after giving birth to second child: Bond ‘will never be broken’

Jennifer Krasna “unexpectedly” died after giving birth to her second son. Jesse Michael/Facebook A Philadelphia suburb is mourning the loss of a 30-year-old teacher and mother who died days after ... Read more »

Maria Sanchez’s family sues building owner over her dumbwaiter death

The daughter of a worker crushed to death by a faulty dumbwaiter in a Hell’s Kitchen grocery store is suing the owners of the building. Jeylin Sanchez, 23, filed the ... Read more »

Soccer legend Pele transferred to palliative care in Sao Paulo: reports

Pele on the shoulders of his Brazil teammates after winning the World Cup in June 1970. AP Legendary soccer star Pele has been transferred to an end-of-life care unit at ... Read more »

World Cup 2022 US-Netherlands live updates: Americans look to reach quarterfinals

The USMNT takes on the Netherlands in the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup. Follow the action with the New York Post’s live scores, updates, highlights, news and more. ... Read more »

What Has Diane Neal Been Doing Since Leaving Law & Order: SVU?

NBC From 2003 to 2012, Diane Neal portrayed the dogged and fearless ADA Casey Novak on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Novak appeared in over 100 episodes (per IMDb), ... Read more »

Railbound receives a brand new update that brings in 11 new levels alongside some accessibility options

Afterburn Games’ quite successful and recently released puzzler Railbound is set to receive a brand new update. This update brings a new world alongside 11 new levels, bringing the total ... Read more »

‘Off the charts’: California reporting very high flu activity, among worst in U.S.

California is now reporting very high flu levels, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the respiratory illness continues to surge nationwide. The CDC uses five ... Read more »

As COVID-19 spikes in California, booster shots could make all the difference

With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rising in Los Angeles County, officials are voicing new confidence in the effectiveness of the updated COVID-19 booster shot. New data has found that the ... Read more »

These Are the Best U.S. States to Raise a Family If You Make Over $70,000 a Year

A new report from Rocket Mortgage used data from U.S. News and WalletHub to rank states according to several criteria: family fun health and safety concerns education and childcare possibilities ... Read more »

Want to Make Difficult Conversations Easier? Use This Bob Dylan-Inspired Phrase, Says Bestselling Author Susan Cain

If you’re a folk music aficionado, you might be familiar with this line: “Speaking strictly for me, we both could have died then and there.” It’s from singer-songwriter Joan Baez’s ... Read more »

Celeb seniors Jane Fonda, Alan Alda and Norman Lear’s successful third acts after 60

What does a person do after they’ve done it all? Maybe they have already built a successful business or had a long career in the arts. Perhaps they married happily, ... Read more »

Fantasy football: Bench your morality and play Deshaun Watson

There are actions you take sometimes that don’t make you proud. You change your mind on an item when you reach the other side of the store, so you put ... Read more »

Detransitioner: ‘I’m suing the doctors who removed my healthy breasts’

Detransitioner Camille Kiefel is suing the medical team that approved the gender-neutral top surgery in 2020 that left her with painful complications. Dina Avila for NY Post “Sometimes in the ... Read more »

Four Chinese tell why they’re protesting Xi: ‘Give me liberty or give me death!’

Chinese protesters taking to the streets against President Xi Jinping’s zero-COVID crackdown spoke to The Post via encrypted chat for fear of government reprisal, decrying severe restrictions and urging: “End ... Read more »

Train to become a cyber security professional for just $59

It’s not hard to find news articles related to cybercrime. New threats are, after all, identified practically every day. This is why we’re offering the Complete 2023 Cyber Security Professional ... Read more »

Minuto a minuto En Vivo: EEUU vs. Holanda en octavos de final de Qatar 2022

Gregg Berhalter sabe mucho del fútbol holandés. Se hizo profesional allí hace 28 años. Intentará aprovechar las lecciones aprendidas allí cuando dirija a Estados Unidos contra la Oranje el sábado ... Read more »

Lap-dancing NYPD cop Vera Mekuli poses as villainess in sexy shots

Those are some arresting photos! Bronx rookie cop Vera Mekuli, who made headlines last year when she gave a lap dance to a superior at a holiday party, is melting ... Read more »

How Jacque Vaughn is using the lessons of Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers to bring a sense of harmony to the rejuvenated Nets

Getty Images (2); AP The Nets team that stormed into December is a totally different one than the despondent, dysfunctional one that limped into November. The personnel didn’t change, but ... Read more »

Teachers sue Albany school district over pervy coworker Patrick Morgan’s hidden bathroom cam

Over a dozen teachers filed lawsuits against an Albany school district after being secretly filmed in a co-ed bathroom. At least 17 teachers filed lawsuits against an Albany school district ... Read more »

Babar Azam hits sparkling century for Pakistan but late wickets give England hope of Test victory

England were rewarded for their unorthodox attacking fielding approach with four wickets in the final session as Pakistan slid to 499-7 at the end of day three in Rawalpindi. Read more »

Russian businessman arrested at his London home on suspicion of money laundering

A wealthy Russian businessman has been arrested at his multi-million-pound London home by officers investigating potential criminal activity by oligarchs. The 58-year-old man, who has not been named, was detained ... Read more »

China’s Beijing, Shenzhen loosens more COVID-19 restrictions amid public frustration

Beijing residents on Saturday cheered the removal of COVID-19 testing booths while Shenzhen said it would no longer require commuters to present test results to travel, as an easing of China’s virus ... Read more »

Chelsea residents demand city lift outdated street closure

Chelsea residents say a pandemic-related street closing is now delaying emergency vehicles and it needs to be scrapped. Helayne Seidman Chelsea residents say a pandemic-related street closing is itself posing ... Read more »

Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng says Biden must help protesters

Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese dissident and human rights activist, said the President Biden needs to help protestors in his home country. REUTERS A celebrated Chinese dissident called out President ... Read more »

Same-Sex Marriage Returns Supreme Court With High Stakes Free-Speech Case

The case may open the door to discrimination of other groups Read more »

What World Cup Games Are Happening Today? Match Schedule for December 3

Here’s the two-game slate to watch for on Saturday as we begin the round of 16 Read more »

Bob Raissman: Robert Saleh gets it right with media management of Zach Wilson demotion

One of the overlooked aspects of Robert Saleh’s decision to bench Zach Wilson in favor of Mike White is how well the Jets coach managed the media. The controversy, which ... Read more »

College football Saturday predictions: TCU vs. Kansas State, plus more picks

Here are Pigskin Profit’s college football picks for Saturday’s games: Risk Free First Bet up to $1,000 with NPBONUS Get Bonus New customers only. Must be 21+. AZ, CO, IA, ... Read more »

TCU vs. Kansas State predictions: Big 12 Championship game picks and offers

TCU quarterback Maxx Duggan had three TD passes against Kansas State in the regular season. AP Our college football betting writer offers his best betting picks and predictions for the ... Read more »

How GMA hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes’ romantic scandal happened

This week, it was revealed that “GMA 3” co-hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes went from co-hosts to cohorts in romance. It may be the happiest problem that Bob Iger, ... Read more »
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network