Hicks hits 2 HRs, Montgomery pitches Yankees past O's 8-2

Earlier in the season, Hicks reportedly took some reps at first base, but with Greg Bird nearing his return from the DL, manager Joe Girardi will probably give Bird much more time to figure out his swing before making a change.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong). Not only did that give Judge 21 home runs on the season - the most by a Yankees player under the age of 26 before All-Star Weekend since Roger Maris in 1960, according to ESPN - his first home run of the night was historic for other reasons.

Come on, veteran Yankee fans, when Aaron Judge smashed that 496-foot homer on Sunday, weren't you having flashbacks to Mickey Mantle? "He was untouchable after the first inning and I airmail a throw to the backstop and allowed the runner to get to second base", Judge said.

Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the New York Yankees to their sixth consecutive victory, 5-3 over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

One day after hitting a 495-foot homer in the Bronx, Judge hit an emphatic 438-foot shot on the opposite coast for his fourth homer in three games and the 22nd of his belief-defying season.

Meyer has never faced the Yankees.

"It didn't start off too well with two Ks", Judge said. "I know that's super-cliché, but when you've got 162 games, flipping the script is something that applies". Would anyone have believed that the man with the biggest strike zone of any everyday player would lead his league in walks? He already surpassed last year's home run and RBI totals, tallying 10 home runs and 36 RBI in just 50 games so far. "We know what he's done is special".

"They're a good fastball hitting team, so you really have to mix and keep them in between speeds", Montgomery said of his approach. "The winning is a big part of it".

The Yankees won the game 14-3. Playing the hot hand isn't always the right strategy, either - waiting for Gardner to get out of his slump has served the Yankees well. Combined with Hicks reaching the double-digit mark, that made the Yankees the first major-league team to have five players with 10-plus homers in 2017. Dellin Betances got the final four outs for his sixth save. Scioscia said he hoped Norris would pitch cautiously around Judge, knowing he had a base open.

"You understand that you're down, but you have to understand not to give anything away", Jones said. "He hit it a long way". He allowed one hit (a single), struck out four and walked none. Holliday and Judge each had three of New York's 18 hits and scored three times. After his recent run of ugly defeats, Tanaka's start was pushed back one day to the road trip opener, partly so he could face the Angels' unintimidating lineup.

"I just slowed my tempo down, let my arm get up, just throwing the ball", Montgomery said. Both runs were unearned in a rally aided by Headley's one-out error on Eric Young Jr.'s grounder. Ortiz praised 6-foot-7 Judge last week during a fundraiser for CC Sabathia's PitCChIn Foundation, which supports urban children in the New York area and Sabathia's native Northern California, the New York Post reported.

The longest home run of the season, per Statcast.

Three of the five teams Baltimore will play the remainder of the month have below.500 records, meaning there are plenty of winnable games.

Angels: Reliever Cam Bedrosian will make a rehab appearance at Class A Inland Empire this week in his return from a groin injury that has kept him out for almost two weeks. New York's pitching has allowed three runs in the last three games since Tuesday and opponents are hitless in the last 42 at-bats with runners in scoring position against them since May 31. The right-hander is 8-7 with a 4.93 ERA in 20 career starts against the Yankees.

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