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Judge’s offense and defense help lift Yankees in ALCS Game 3

Judge’s offense and defense help lift Yankees in ALCS Game 3

Three pitches into Monday’s fourth inning, Aaron Judge galloped onto Yankee Stadium’s warning track and hurtled into its right-field wall to retrieve a deep drive. As ball met glove, Judge’s oversized torso smashed into an advertisement that foretold the night’s events.

GREATNESS AWAITS, it read.

In the bottom of the inning, Judge ripped a three-run home run into the left-field seats, declaring his rise as a viable threat in this American League Championship Series and solidifying the New York Yankees’ 8-1 victory over Houston in its third game.

The Yankees benefited from strokes of luck that evaded them in the first two games of the series, both of which the Astros...

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