Aaron Judge hits his 61st home run, ties Roger Maris for most in Yankees and AL history

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The chase is over – Aaron Judge has tied history.

Finally, after seven games and three plate appearances Wednesday night, the monkey is off Aaron Judge’s back – home run number 61 of the season came off Toronto’s Tim Mayza in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game in Toronto.

With Roger Maris Jr. and his parents watching from the front row at Rogers Centre just behind the Yankees dugout, Judge launched Mayza’s 3-2 pitch into the Blue Jays bullpen to etch his name in the history books:

Maris Jr. embraced Judge’s mom, Patty, as the ball went out, and the first man to greet Aaron Judge was Aaron Boone with a big hug – shared while the capacity crowd in Toronto gave Judge a standing ovation.

Judge and Roger Maris now share the American League and Yankees franchise records for home runs in a season, and Judge has nine games (and change) left to become the all-time record holder.

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