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Cole sets Yankees single-season Ks record, surpassing Guidry Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas – New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole surpassed Ron Guidry’s single-season franchise record with a major league-leading 249th strikeout on Tuesday night against Texas.

After a yankee slugger Aaron Judge Starting Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Rangers with an American League-record 62nd homer, Cole struck out Nathaniel Lowe at the bottom of the first inning.

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Cole had four strikeouts in his previous start on September 28 in Toronto to match Guidry, whose 248 strikeouts came in 1978 when he was the AL Cy Young Award winner after going 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA.

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Guidry (1978-79) and Cole are among the four pitchers in Yankees history with multiple 200-strikeout seasons. Louis Severino (2017-18) and David Cone (1997-98). Cole’s 243 strikeouts last season rank third on the team’s single season roster.

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ARLINGTON, TX – Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge off the starting lineup for the regular season finale in New York, the day after his 62nd home run, which broke Roger Maris’ single-season record set 61 years ago in the American League.

When Judge hit a first inning homer in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. In total, he played in 157 games for the AL East champions.

After the first round of the playoffs, the Yankees would not open postseason play until the AL Division Series.

Despite Judge making it clear that he hoped to play, manager Aaron Boone said they would talk “and see what makes sense”.

Judge entered the final day of the regular season hitting .311, trailing the AL average leader Minnesota. Luis Arraes, which was hitting .315. Judge led the other Triple Crown categories with 62 homers and 131 RBIs.



Source: mlb.nbcsports.com

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