NEW YORK -- All eyes were fixed upon Aaron Judge as the slugger stood at Roger Maris’ doorstep Wednesday evening, each at-bat an opportunity to etch fresh history. When a ball off his bat found grass instead of seats, the crowd groaned, disappointed even by a pair of doubles. If a pitch sailed out of the strike zone, they booed.
Judge was kept in the park in his five plate appearances, scoring two runs in the Yankees' 14-2 rout of the Pirates at Yankee Stadium that featured Oswaldo Cabrera’s grand slam and Gleyber Torres’ two homers in the eighth inning. Yet, for the club’s postseason purposes, the most encouraging development may have come with Luis Severino’s successful return to the mound.
“They asked me if I was ready to face big league hitters,” Severino said. “You don’t forget that thing so quickly, so I feel very good. My confidence is like it has always been. I’m ready to get to the next step.”
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