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NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge dented a metal casement above a door behind the left-center field wall at Yankee Stadium with his major league-leading 28th home run of the season.

The New York rookie drove a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ in the fourth inning for a solo homer Tuesday. The ball would have traveled 456 feet had it landed unimpeded, according to MLB's Statcast. It was the fourth-hardest-hit homer of the season, at 118.4 mph, according to MLB. Judge has the hardest at 121.1 mph and all of the top four.

Elected to the AL's starting lineup for the All-Star Game next week, Judge is one shy of the Yankees' rookie record for home runs in an entire season, set by Joe DiMaggio in 1939.

During batting practice before a May 2 game against the Blue Jays, Judge hit a shot to center field that smashed a TV in one of Yankee Stadium's new social gathering areas beyond the bullpens and Monument Park.

Tigers: Miguel Cabrera leaves game early with hip tightness
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants with left hip tightness.

Cabrera batted in the sixth inning, hitting a long fly ball to center field that moved Justin Upton to third base, but was replaced by Andrew Romine for the top of the seventh.

The Tigers did not make an immediate announcement about his availability for Wednesday's game against the Giants.

Nationals: Murphy rattles Mets again in 11-4 rout
WASHINGTON -- Daniel Murphy drove in five runs on four hits, Bryce Harper had three hits and two RBIs and the Washington Nationals routed the New York Mets 11-4 on Tuesday.

 

Murphy improved his career average to .405 against the Mets, his first and only former big league team. This was the third straight victory for NL East-leading Washington.

Joe Ross (5-3) allowed two runs over seven innings for the Nationals in his fourth consecutive start giving up two runs or fewer.

New York's Seth Lugo (3-2) yielded four of his sixth runs in his fifth and final innings, and failed to pitch beyond the fifth for the first time since his return from injury in June.

Jay Bruce hit his 21st home run for New York in the ninth. Jose Reyes and Rene Rivera also homered and Brandon Nimmo had three hits, but the Mets left nine men on and finished 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.

In his fifth start after missing two months with elbow inflammation, Lugo required eight pitches to retire Washington's first five batters. But he eventually walked two and allowed 10 hits, including five straight to open the fifth. (see full story)

Blue Jays: Montero wants to put Cubs parting behind
NEW YORK -- Wearing his new Toronto Blue Jays jersey, Miguel Montero wanted to put behind him his petulant parting from the Chicago Cubs.

"It wasn't the perfect departure, but it is what it was. I live the moment, and I just really don't look back at the past right now," he said Tuesday after reporting to his new team. "It happened already. It's over. So I'm just worried about today, and whatever happened, happened. Time to forget."

The denouement of Montero's time with the World Series champions transpired quickly. He criticized pitcher Jake Arrieta on June 27 for a slow delivery that led to seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to Washington, was designated for assignment the next day and was dealt Monday for a player to be named or cash. Chicago agreed to pay Toronto $6,446,710 to cover all but about $500,000 of the roughly $7 million remaining of Montero's $14 million salary this year.

A two-time All-Star, Montero hit .286 with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games this season. He has thrown out one of 31 base stealers this season after catching just five of 64 last year.

"I've heard nothing but great things about the guy," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "I've heard he's a great team guy. He's still very productive." (see full story)

Cubs: Heyward activated from DL
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list.

Heyward cut his left hand sliding for a foul ball in right field at Pittsburgh on June 18. He was batting .258 with six home runs and 29 RBIs entering Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay.

 

The Cubs also recalled left-handed pitcher Jack Leathersich from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Jeimer Candelario and right-hander Felix Pena to the minor league club.

Leathersich is back in the majors for the first time since 2015. He made 17 relief appearances for the New York Mets that year before having Tommy John surgery.

Candelario is 5 for 33 with the Cubs this season. Pena has a 4.50 ERA in 10 appearances for Chicago.