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Judge falls just short of 61, Yanks clinch playoff berth

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge fell a few feet short of a record-tying 61st homer, hitting a 404-foot drive caught just in front of the center field wall, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Josh Donaldson’s 10th-inning single to clinch their sixth straight playoff berth.

Judge had walked three times and struck out once before he came to the plate with the score tied 4-4 in the ninth.

He drove a fastball from Matt Barnes just to the right of straightaway center.

The ball left the bat at 113 mph, and fans waited in anticipation as Judge jogged toward first base.

But they groaned in unison as Kiké Hernández made the catch a step in front of the fence.

Judge will take another swing at history tonight in the Bronx.


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