Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits No. 58, and it’s a opposite-field blast vs. Brewers

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MILWAUKEE — Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was due.

Overdue.

He’s gone four days without going deep, which is nothing for mere mortals but a bit of a dry spell for a slugger who is closing in a long-standing league record for home runs.

The mini drought ended in the third inning of Sunday’s game when Judge blasted a 414-foot homer to right-center field off Brewers righty Jason Alexander, No. 58 for the season.

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Judge needs four homers to break Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 homers in 1961. The Yankees will have 16 games remaining after Sunday’s game.

Judge crushed a 2-0 fastball that was left over the plate for just his third homer in his last 10 games, the only two coming last Tuesday night in Boston.

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The homer cut into a 4-1 Brewers lead that was built on the strength of two home runs off Yankees starter Gerrit Cole, a three-run jack in the first by Kolten Wong and a second-inning solo shot by No. 9 hitter Tyrone Taylor.

This was just the 16th time anyone has hit 58 homers and first since Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hit 59 for the Miami Marlins in 2017.

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