Even if the Yankees had won on Sunday, their chances of catching Boston would have remained slim. But the loss raised the question of how quickly the team would be able to shake off the effects of Saturday’s clincher and return to crisp baseball.
Aaron Judge, for one, did not have trouble with that. He hit two home runs Sunday that gave him 48 for the season, one shy of the major league rookie record set by Mark McGwire in 1987 with the Oakland Athletics.
Judge’s first homer of the day came off Toronto starter Marcus Stroman in the sixth inning with the bases empty, and landed in the second deck beyond left field. The second, a line drive off Ryan Tepera in the seventh, was a two-run shot to left-center.
“I was swinging at the right pitches,” Judge said, “and that’s the biggest thing.”
Judge said that he was not thinking about breaking McGwire’s…