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Judge homers lead Yanks over Tampa

Because Aaron Judge got the Yankees started off on the right foot on Friday, he probably felt obligated to put a bow on the night as well.

Judge was the alpha and the omega during New York’s 8-4 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field, going deep in the first inning and the 11th to mark the ninth multi-homer game of his career. In doing so, and after Aroldis Chapman escaped the 11th after the Rays brought the tying run to the plate, Judge also helped the Yankees stretch their lead in the American League East to 8 1/2 games and ensured at least a series split against the Rays, their closest division opponent, heading into the All-Star break.