CHICAGO -- This was baseball's version of a posterizing dunk, complete with a little glare as an exclamation. At 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, Aaron Judge was just the man to do it, too. And, of course, as he has done with everything else in his too-good-to-be-true rookie season, he hit just the perfect note in being subtle enough to not overdo it.

The White Sox fans in right field at Guaranteed Rate Field were serenading Judge all night with, "Air-ryn ... Air-ryn ... Air-ryn ... you suck!"

Judge heard them loud and clear, keenly aware that the crowd was smaller than normal for a Yankees road game because of the rain all night. Judge said it was the fans' right to razz him. They pay good money, so they can do what they want.

He is a 25-year-old rookie, but he has handled everything with the maturity of a 10-year veteran. He knew not to respond with words.

"Let your actions speak for themselves," Judge said. "I don't need to go out there and say anything to them and rile them up even more. I felt like if I turned around and said anything to them, it would've gotten worse. I just played my game."

 New York Yankees right fielder Aaron JudgeDavid Banks/USA TODAY SportsAaron Judge and his major league-leading 27 home runs have the Yankees rolling.

His game, of course, is better than any active player in baseball right now. So Judge uncorked a line-drive rocket of a two-run home run into the left-field seats in the sixth. After Judge rounded first, he looked right into the right-field stands at the hecklers -- nothing too extreme, but one that appeared intentional. And it was.

“I did," Judge said after the New York Yankees' 12-3 win over the White Sox. "I like having some fun with the fans. They were heckling me pretty good out there. I'm not going to say anything to them. I just gave them a little peek as I rounded the bases. I was just having some fun with them. They were kind of razzing me when I got back out there."

The chants were not very accurate. We will probably find out that Judge has his faults, but not being good at baseball doesn't appear to be one of them. He has reached base in 30 straight games, hitting .357 with 12 homers, 32 RBIs and 26 walks. It is the longest streak since Derek Jeter went 34 games in 2012 and, of course, Jeter didn't have Judge's power.

Judge does seem to have Jeter's calm, as he doesn't look impacted by anything, almost as if he has an invisible skin that deflects all distractions. In the first, Carlos Rodon nearly hit Judge in the head with a 94-mph fastball that Judge just shook off like it was no big thing.

What Judge never stops doing -- also like Jeter -- is praising his teammates, and there are more young, possibly very good ones who just arrived, with others potentially around the corner.

The latest on Wednesday were Miguel Andujar and Tyler Wade. Andujar became the first Yankee ever to debut with three hits and four RBIs. He began the scoring with a two-run single in the first and ended it with a two-run double in the ninth.

"That was incredible," Judge said. "First MLB at-bat, he is coming up with the bases loaded, he acted like a veteran there. He acted like he's been there before."

The 22-year-old, free-swinging, right-handed hitting Andujar grew up idolizing Alex Rodriguez and earned A-Rod's praise this spring. Andujar, who is up to replace the ill DH Matt Holliday, has already earned himself some more at-bats.

"What an amazing day," Andujar said. "I'm never going to forget this day."

Meanwhile, Wade received his first start in the majors, too. He nailed an RBI double in the sixth.

The Baby Bombers just keep on performing. On Thursday, first baseman Tyler Austin could be headed to the DL and manager Joe Girardi made it seem like another top prospect, Dustin Fowler, could be on his way up. Fowler is a 22-year-old, like Andujar and Wade. Fowler is a left-handed hitting outfielder with 12 homers in 69 Triple-A games.

They will all try to join Judge in making a good first impression. Judge, as the captain of the ship -- and perhaps the future captain of the Yankees -- decided Wednesday to put some hecklers in their place.

"Just smiling, having a good time," Judge said. "It is fun to play this game. Someone razzes you a little bit, just having fun. It was all good."

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CHICAGO -- Miguel Andujar had three hits and four RBIs in his major league debut, Aaron Judge added his major league-leading 27th homer and the struggling New York Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Wednesday night.

Andujar made a good impression after being called up from Triple-A with Matt Holliday going on the disabled list because of an illness. He gave New York a 3-0 lead with a two-run single against Carlos Rodon in the first. He also singled in the third, walked in the eighth and drove in two more with a double in the ninth.

Judge's two-run drive capped a five-run sixth against reliever Jake Petricka, breaking open a 3-2 game. And New York came away with a lopsided win after dropping 11 of 14.

The White Sox lost for the eighth time in 10 games, with Rodon (0-1) struggling in his season debut and manager Rick Renteria getting ejected yet again.

Masahiro Tanaka (6-7) went six innings for his first win since May 8. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits after going 0-6 in his previous eight starts.

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Rick Renteria has words with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt and is ejected. It's Renteria's fifth ejection this season.

Tyler Wade doubles to right field for his first major-league hit and drives in a run to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead over the White Sox.

Making his major-league debut, Miguel Andujar singles in his first at-bat to drive in a pair of runs in the first inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Adam Hunger/Getty ImagesMatt Holliday, 37, is hitting .262 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs.

CHICAGO -- The New York Yankees put designated hitter Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a viral infection before a 12-3 win over the White Sox. In his place, they called up a top prospect, third baseman Miguel Andujar, who fueled the rout with three hits and four RBIs in his debut.

The Yankees have spent the past few days trying to figure out what is wrong with Holliday, who reported feeling like he had no energy.

Holliday, 37, is hitting .262 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs. Holliday's DL stint is retroactive to June 25. He is heading back to New York for more tests.

Holliday joins first baseman Greg Bird, second baseman Starlin Castro, starting pitcher CC Sabathia and reliever Adam Warren on the disabled list.

"We have to survive this," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

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Clint FrazierKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsYankees outfield prospect Clint Frazier -- the one with the long red hair who supposedly asked for Mickey Mantle's number to be unretired -- rubs some the wrong way. But that bravado could help him blossom in the bigs.

MOOSIC, Pa. -- The lyrics, from The Chainsmokers' song "Don't Let Me Down," blare from the speakers at PNC Field, home of the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Clint Frazier says he chose his walk-up music simply because he likes it, but the words speak volumes.

I think I'm losing my mind now

It's in my head, darling I hope

That you'll be here, when I need you the most

So don't let me, don't let me, don't let me down

Frazier's talent is there, but what's beneath his already-famous red locks could decide whether he lets himself down.

The 22-year-old, one of baseball's most highly rated minor leaguers, always sticks out -- even when he doesn't want to. He strides to the plate with confidence, sporting distinctive red batting gloves that match the hint of his favorite color in the lettering of the RailRiders' navy blue jersey. He's the No. 27 prospect in all of baseball, according to ESPN's Keith Law, but Frazier might be No. 1 if there were a sixth tool considered: his ability to grab the center of attention. It puts extra weight on his shoulders.

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videoCHICAGO -- There are bad losses, and then there was Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. The New York Yankees beat themselves against the Chicago White Sox. It was the worst loss of the season.

It was so bad, it maybe shouldn’t even count as a White Sox win.

In coming back from a two-run deficit for a 4-3 victory, the White Sox recorded only one hit: Jose Abreu's ninth-inning, two-run single that ended it. Over the final two innings, the imploding Yankees bullpen allowed six walks and hit a batter in giving up three runs.

It was ugly, and now the second-place Yankees are looking up at the Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees’ bullpen is in disarray. Manager Joe Girardi decided to stay away from closer Aroldis Chapman and the emerging Chad Green to avoid overuse on Tuesday. That left the trio of rookie Domingo German, the ultra-struggling Tyler Clippard and Dellin Betances to finish off a lead handed to them by Luis Severino's seven strong innings, Aaron Judge's game-tying RBI single and Gary Sanchez's go-ahead, two-run double.

The Yankees’ bullpen failed.

In the eighth, German and Clippard combined to walk four guys and allowed a run to score. Meanwhile, Clippard has been so bad that Girardi was celebrating the fact that he struck out Matt Davidson with the bases loaded to keep the lead at one after eight.

“Clip did a fabulous job of getting out of that,” Girardi said.

We should all wish we had Girardi grading our tests in school. Clippard walked two, and that forced in a run.

“I felt like myself again,” Clippard said.

Clippard has turned into Yankees fans' Public Enemy No. 1 because of his swoon in June. In seven appearances, he has a 21.21 ERA. This is after he was stellar in his first 28 outings of the season, in which he had a 1.73 ERA.

Tyler ClippardJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesTyler Clippard walked two batters in the eighth -- part of four walks the Yankees issued in the inning -- before escaping a bases-loaded jam. The ninth didn't end so well for New York.

Clippard got out of the eighth and, if Betances hadn’t blown the game, Girardi might have held a parade down Michigan Avenue.

For his part, Betances was thrust into the closer role, despite it being his third day in a row pitching. That was the reason Chapman wasn’t in the game, but Girardi was willing to go to Betances. Betances, who very likely is going to go to his fourth All-Star game in four years, was too reliant on his breaking pitches and couldn’t find the strike zone.

After a groundout, Betances walked two batters and hit a batter. He forced Melky Cabrera to pop out before falling behind against Abreu. On a 2-1 breaking ball, Abreu found a hole, and that was the ballgame.

“I didn’t get the job done,” Betances said.

Betances deserves a pass because he has been that good for the Yankees. Everyone has their bad days. Overall, though, the Yankees have a problem. The bullpen is a mess. The biggest issue wasn’t even on the mound Tuesday, as Chapman has looked a little more hittable lately.

After the game, Girardi was surprisingly calm about the loss. He was trying to focus on Wednesday, when Masahiro Tanaka will try to build on his strong start last Friday in the Bronx. He was trying to focus on tomorrow, even as he knew the night was worse than normal.

“That’s a hard loss,” the manager said.

The worst part about it was that the Yankees did it to themselves.


CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu hit a game-ending, two-run single off Dellin Betances, and the Chicago White Sox stopped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Kevan Smith sparked the winning rally with a one-out walk. Betances (3-2) then walked Alen Hanson and hit Yolmer Sanchez, loading the bases.

After Melky Cabrera fouled out, Abreu hit a grounder into left field. Brett Gardner's throw to the plate was high, and Hanson scored easily.

Abreu also had an RBI double in the third. Dan Jennings (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

The Yankees have dropped three of four and 11 of 14 overall.

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The New York Yankees placed second baseman Starlin Castro on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right hamstring strain. 

The move comes a day after Castro hurt his leg while trying to beat a ground ball that ended the third inning of a 6-5 win against the Chicago White Sox

After the game, neither manager Joe Girardi nor Castro was certain if the second baseman would end up on the DL. Castro was set to have an MRI on Tuesday. 

Castro, 27, has had a first half that might make him worthy of an AL All-Star selection. He is batting .313 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs. If he is selected, this would be his fourth time as an All-Star and first with the Yankees.

In the corresponding roster moves Tuesday, the Yankees selected infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade from Scranton-Wilkes Barre, recalled left-hander Tyler Webb from the RailRiders and optioned right-hander Jonathan Holder to the Triple-A club. 

Wade, a touted prospect, was hitting .313 with five home runs and 59 runs scored in 71 games for Scranton. 

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Buster Olney predicts Sonny Gray will be dealt to a World Series contender before the trade deadline.

Montgomery, Austin lead Yankees past White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Jordan Montgomery matched his season high with seven solid innings and closer Aroldis Chapman shut down a ninth-inning rally just in time, lifting the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Monday night.

New York led 6-1 entering the ninth, but Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve gave up a three-run homer to Tim Anderson and Chapman allowed an RBI double to Jose Abreu. Chapman retired Avisail Garcia and Todd Frazier to finish his eighth save and first since returning from the disabled list a week ago.

Recently recalled outfielder Tyler Austin lined a solo homer and had a sacrifice fly for new York, which won for the third time in 13 games to keep pace with Boston atop the AL East.

Frazier hit a solo homer for the only run off Montgomery (6-4).

New York took advantage of three Chicago errors to score four unearned runs off starter David Holmberg (1-2).

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CC Sabathia
7 3.46 62 75
BAA. Judge .333
HRA. Judge 27
RBIA. Judge 62
RA. Judge 70
OPSA. Judge 1.153
ERAL. Severino 3.15
SOL. Severino 107