DJ LeMahieu
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The New York Yankees ride four solo home runs en route to an extra-inning victory with DJ LeMahieu landing the crushing blow.

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Situational hitting is one of the biggest reasons for the success of the 2019 New York Yankees. However, all four runs in Saturday’s win came via the long ball.

DJ LeMahieu poked the winning home run into the short porch in right field in the bottom of the 11th to give the Yankees their first win over the Oakland Athletics this season.

LeMahieu’s dinger was as clutch as they come, but he would have never had the chance if not for heroics from Aaron Judge.

The towering right fielder is heating up at the right time. If he can continue to swing the bat like this through September and into October, the Yankees are going to be tough to beat in the postseason.

The lineup is different when Judge is looming large in the two-hole. He’s up to 19 home runs on the season with seven of those coming in the last 11 games.

The other two solo shots came by way of Gary Sanchez. The catcher is up to 32 home runs on the season and he’s pushed his OPS back up to .840 on the season.

The Yanks sent eight pitchers to the bump on Saturday. Domingo German went five innings, allowing two runs to cross. Zack Britton left the game in the eighth inning with an undisclosed injury.

The Yankees and A’s will square off in a rubber match on Sunday (1:05 p.m. ET). Embattled starter J.A. Happ (11-8, 5.57 ERA) will square off against Sean Manaea. The lefty hurler will be making his first start in over a year after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.

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