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Homer connecting DJ LeMahieu's games sets the stage for Aaron Judge's Yankees Walkoff

DJ LeMahieu has the ultimate protection in the Yankees lineup, usually ahead of Aaron Judge. 

Sunday's eight home runs in LeMahieu led the Yankees to a 6-3 victory, the latest judge at the MVP resume, a three-run blast. It was the stage for our achievements. 10 innings at the Bronx Astros

After Giancarlo Stanton also sank into the Yankees' first hit with 16 innings from Friday night, LeMahieu's seventh home run of the season was one inning. 

"The first little thing was that Big G hit Homer to get the first hit. Then it's open as usual. DJ comes in and he's there. I knew I would do something big, "said the judge about his teammates. "He tied the game for us. It was huge." 

33-year-old LeMahieu couldn't reproduce the numbers he posted in the first two seasons on Pinstripe, 2019 He won the top four in the ALMVP vote in both the year and 2020. .336 / .386 / .536 slash line. 

DJ LeMahieu ties the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
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DJ LeMahieu, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge.
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LeMahieu's OPS has fallen from .922 in the last two seasons to .720 in the last two years since its six-year signature. Transactions worth $ 90 million in January 2021. But Sunday's two-run shot to the left-with a 2-2 slider from Houston's right-handed Phil Maton-marked his fourth ginger in June. 

"Keep moving the line and somehow get on the base. He hung the slider and I made a good swing to it," LeMahieu said. Told. "I think this was one of the better teams we faced this year, so I think it was a big win. To say that you came to us with everything they had. 

"I don't think I played the best in this series, but to split up with them and not do my best, we won two and I think I've done enough to keep it rolling. I'm sure there will be more fights with them in the future. " 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said 3 We are pleased that LeMahieu has been rewarded, as he believes that the all-star infielder has taken "good and tough at-bats" for much of this season. 

"He feels a little unlucky all year long because he feels really consistent," Boone said. "He took a lot of big walks in front of the judges again this year. It was a really good turn at bat, and he did it today as well. But put a hanger there and paste it to tie the game. It was huge to be able to. Just the right turn at bat by a great batter. "