Aaron Judge of the Yankees slugs his 42nd home run of 2022, becoming second fastest to 200 career homers.

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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is in the midst of a hot streak and hit a milestone Saturday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals (Game Tracker). Judge hit his 42nd home run of the season — his 12th in his last 14 games — and his 200th career home run. Kyle Schwarber (32) and Yarden Alvarez (30) are the only other players with 30 home runs this season.

This is Judge’s 42nd homer of 2022. It came a day after he hit two homers and robbed a homer.:

Judge is the first player in Yankees history to hit 42 home runs before August and is the second fastest player in baseball history to 200 career homers. The leaderboard is:

  1. Ryan Howard: 200 homers through 658 games
  2. Aaron Judge: 671
  3. Ralph Conner: 706
  4. Juan Gonzalez: 766
  5. Harmon Killebrew and Albert Bayley: 769

“Like I’ve said a thousand times, I’m just focused on winning baseball games right now.” Judge told MLB.com after Friday’s game When asked about possibly hitting 60 home runs. “Statistics and things like that, we can talk about that at the end of the year.”

The Yankees play their 102nd game of the season on Saturday. The Yankees — and American League — single-season record is Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961. That total requires Judge to hit 13 homers in his team’s last 60 games. Seeing as how he’s gone deep 12 times in his last 14 games, we’re officially on record watch.

Judge, 30, carried a .297/.378/.668 batting line into Saturday’s game. He also leads baseball in home runs plus runs (84), RBIs (89), and total bases (250). Judge famously rejected a seven-year, $213.5 million extension in spring training. and will become a free agent after the season.