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Yankees Highlights: DJ LeMahieu hits historic home run

The Yankees broke a 17-year-old record on Tuesday night.

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The Yankees set a home run record last year, and that was pretty cool. They decided to up the ante in 2019, however, by breaking another.

We’ll have a full recap up later tonight, but for now, here are some highlights:

Winner of the Game

Have you noticed the key role DJ LeMahieu has played in the Yankees’ current home-run streak? He hit a three-run bomb off Justin Verlander on Sunday to keep it alive, and then tonight he broke the record. His first inning shot made it 28 consecutive games in which the Yankees have hit a homer, eclipsing the record set by the 2002 Texas Rangers. I admittedly did not expect LeMahieu to get involved in an historic home run stretch when the Yankees signed him.

Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Edwin Encarnacion all went yard as well. The three solo shots accounted for the entire Yankees’ offense. I love dingers, and I love history. This was a fun game.

Loser of the Game

On a night that featured four Yankees home runs, it’s hard to call fans of dingers the losers of the game. But when Giancarlo Stanton left the game with a knee injury, that’s the prospect they faced. Stanton hits a ton of homers, so losing him would be rather unfortunate. Let’s hope his MRI comes back clean.

Honorable Mention: The heartburn-inducing Aroldis Chapman ninth inning


Credit: FanGraphs