Yankees star Aaron Judge hit his first home run since returning from injury against the Orioles on Saturday. Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Jul 29, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) swings through a two run home run in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

If the last two months have taught us anything, it’s that the New York Yankees need Aaron Judge in their lineup. He was out for nearly two months and the Yankees struggled offensively for nearly the entire time.

Judge returned on Friday and had a relatively quiet day, drawing three walks in a 1-0 loss. But on Saturday, he was in the lineup again back in the swing of things.

The Yankees trailed 2-1 to the Baltimore Orioles as Judge came to the plate in the third inning for his second at-bat of the game. Judge worked a 1-1 count against Baltimore’s Tyler Wells then did what he best, launching a majestic 442-foot home run.

Judge hit a then-rookie record 52 homers in 2017. In 2022, he set an American League record with 62 home runs. His immense power has made him one of baseball’s most popular players since his debut. People love seeing Judge go deep.

This was no different.

The home run was Judge’s 20th of the season. At the time of his injury, he was hitting .291/.404/.674. New York struggled mightily in Judge’s absence, currently sitting in last place in the American League East. So, his return is a welcome sight for anyone who wants to see the Yankees make a push to the playoffs over the season’s final two months.

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