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Behind Judge, Yanks have foundation for run

The Yankees were one of baseball’s most exciting teams over the first two months of the season, flying high as a complete unit while Aaron Judge’s development into a legitimate American League Triple Crown threat helped carry them a season-high 15 games over .500 on June 12, when they were 38-23.

That success exceeded expectations, but when a slew of injuries and bullpen trouble combined into a bitter cocktail, the Yanks were knocked from their first-place perch in mid-June. They remain playoff contenders, though perhaps not the World Series favorites they were playing like prior to their tumble.

“We’ve just got to get our offense going,” Judge said. “Once we do that, we’ll just start clicking. Everyone starts feeding off of that, the defense plays off that, the pitchers play off that. We’ve just got to start stringing some hits together.”

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