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Bote drives in both runs, Cubs edge Marlins 2-1 Yankees star Judge hits 61st home run, ties Maris’ AL record

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MIAMI – David Boat hit a tie home run in the seventh inning and then added a sacrifice in the eighth to put the Chicago Cubs up 2-1 over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

Esteban Quiros got the first two hits of his major league career and PJ Higgins there were also two hits for the Cubs that broke a three-game losing streak. Kyros, 30, was transferred from Triple-A Saturday.

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Chicago loaded bases with no strikeouts with no hit in the eighth round against a pitcher Stephen Okert (5-3).

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Michael Hermosillo was hit by the field and Zach McKinstry reached the point of sacrifice, when the catcher Jacob Stallings dropped it a second too late. Kyros had a headdress, and Bote gave the go-ahead for the flyball.

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Adbert Alsolei (1-1) threw two perfect relief opportunities. Brandon Hughes closed by scoreless ninth round Garret Cooperdouble leaderoff for his sixth save.

Miami starter Pablo Lopez kept the Cubs scoreless until lead homer Bothe tied the game at 1 in the seventh. Bothe fastballed Lopez over the wall at left center for his third homer.

Lopez’s one-shot exit ended after 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander gave up five hits and hit a batter.

Singles infield RBI Jordan Groshan with two strikeouts against Adrian Sampson put Miami ahead in the second. Bothe dived and dropped the heavy Grounder to third base, but was unable to bring him back to drop Groshan. Jay Jay Bledey scored from the third.

Sampson completed six innings of a one-shot. He allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out three.


Both clubs have lost six of the last seven streaks of at least three games. The Marlins also lost a two-game set against Tampa Bay and shared a doubleheader against Texas.


Cubs: LHP Drew Smiley (armrest) his next outing is likely to be rescheduled for Friday. Smyly was originally scheduled to start the final series against Miami on Wednesday.

Marlins: INF Joey Wendl (soreness) missed the second game in a row.


RHP Markus Stroman (4-7, 3.76) kick off for Cubs on Wednesday, Marlins heading off LHP Jesus Luzardo (3-7, 3.75).

TORONTO- Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs in a season by scoring a game-tying tiebreaker for the New York Yankees in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

The 30-year-old batter drove a waist-high lead at 94.5 mph with a full score from the southpaw. Maiza Team over the left field fence at Rogers Center. At 117.4 mph, it took just 3.8 seconds to land 394 feet from the plate and it gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead.

The referee watched as the ball clanged off the front of the stands, just below two fans who climbed over the railing and tried to catch it. He waved his hand before reaching first and exchanged a slap with trainer Travis Chapman.

The ball went down in Toronto’s bullpen and was picked up by Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann, who passed it to the Yankees.

Judge’s mother and Roger Maris Jr. stood up and hugged from the front row seats. He appeared to point them out after walking around second base, then was congratulated by the entire Yankee team, who gave him a hug after he crossed the plate.

Judge hit 60 home runs that Babe Ruth hit in 1927, which was a major league record until Maris beat him in 1961. All three stars achieved this huge number while playing for the Yankees.

Barry Bonds holds a major league record of 73 for the San Francisco Giants in 2001.

Judge went seven games without a home run—his longest drought this season was nine in mid-August. It was the Yankees’ 155th game of the season, and they had seven more in the regular season.

The home run came on the umpire’s fourth plate appearance of the night, ending a streak of 34 plate appearances without a home run.

The referee hits .313 with 130 RBIs, which is also the best in the AL. He has a shot at becoming the first AL Triple Crown winner since the Detroit tournament. Miguel Cabrera in 2012.

On October 1, 1961, Maris hit number 61 for the Yankees against Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracey Stallard.

Maris was crossed six times, but they were all tainted by the stench of steroids. Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year, and Bonds surpassed him. Sammy Sosa scored 66, 65 and 63 points in four seasons starting in 1998.

McGwire admitted to using illegal steroids, while Bonds and Sosa denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball began drug testing in 2004, and some fans—maybe many—still considered Maris to have a “clean” record.

One of the tallest batters in major league history, the 6-foot-7 umpire charged onto the stage on August 13, 2016, hitting the railing above the sports bar in center field at Yankee Stadium and hitting the net over Monument Park. He followed Tyler Austin to the plate, and they become the first teammates to have a homer in their first major league at-bats in the same game.

The following year, Judge hit 52 homers with 114 RBIs and was the unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award. Injuries limited him for the next three seasons and he rebounded in 2021 hitting 39 homers with 98 RBIs.

As he approached his final season before eligibility for free agent status, Judge turned down an eight-year, $230.5 million to $234.5 million contract offer by the Yankees on Opening Day. The offer included an average of $30.5 million per year between 2023 and 2029, with his salary for that year to be either the $17 million offered by the team in arbitration or the $21 million requested by the player.

In June, a $19 million, one-year deal was reached, and this offseason, Judge is likely to receive a contract from the Yankees or another team for $300 million or more, possibly exceeding $400 million.

Judge hit six homers in April, 12 in May and 11 in June. He earned his fourth All-Star selection and went into the break with 33 homers. He had 13 homers in July and dropped to nine in August when injuries left him underprotected in batting order and pitchers outflanked him 25 times.

He became just the fifth player to hold a piece of the AL season record. Nap Lajoie scored 14 points in the AL’s first major league season in 1901 and fellow Philadelphia Athletics Sox Sebold scored 16 points the following year, a figure that lasted until Babe Ruth scored 29 points in 1919 year. In total, Ruth set the record four times: 54 in 1920, 59 in 1921, and 60 in 1927, a mark that lasted until Maris was 61 in 1961.

In July 1961, Maris was 35 years old. During the first season, each team’s schedule increased from 154 games to 162, and baseball commissioner Ford Frick ruled that if anyone beat Ruth in more than 154 games, “there must be some kind of distinguishing mark in the record book to show that Babe Ruth’s record was set on a schedule of 154 games.”

This “distinguishing badge” became known as the “star” and remained until September 4, 1991, when a committee on statistical accuracy chaired by Commissioner Fay Vincent voted unanimously to recognize Maris as the record holder.


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