Aaron Judge goes deep twice in 11-5 win over Royals

Aaron Judge launched his 40th and 41st homers including a grand slam in Friday's 11-5 victory.

NEW YORK -- Here’s a telling snapshot of Aaron Judge’s historic summer: As he stood in the center of the Yankees' clubhouse, the slugger was asked to ponder if he preferred making a leaping catch over the wall or hitting a grand slam to help win a game. Of course, he’d done both in the same night.

As he has for pretty much the entire season, Judge starred on both sides of the ball in Friday’s 11-5 victory over the Royals, helping out Gerrit Cole by bringing back a first-inning homer, then joining pinstriped royalty with his Major League-leading 40th and 41st home runs.

“Ooh, they’re close,” Judge said. “Robbing [a home run], you’ve got the crowd excitement, helping out a pitcher who’s working his butt off. It’s pretty cool. Then, you’ve got the same thing when you hit one, helping your team add some runs to the board. Hitting a homer is still above robbing one for me right now.”

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