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Aaron Judge is inching closer to Roger Maris.

The Yankees’ slugger crushed his 56th and 57th home runs of the season Tuesday night in Boston as the Yankees rallied past the Red Sox, 7-6, in 10 innings. Judge is now four homers away from tying Maris for the American League and franchise records and five from breaking the mark.

Judge joined an exclusive club with his second homer on the night, a solo shot in the eighth inning that tied the game at 4. He is just the 12th man in baseball history to hit 57 or more home runs in a season. And only five of them hit 60 or more. And none of them did it during in a contract year with immense stakes.

The all-time list:

• Barry Bonds, 2001: 73 home runs.
• Mark McGwire, 1998: 70.
• Sammy Sosa, 1998: 66.
• Mark McGwire, 1999: 65.
• Sammy Sosa, 2001: 64.
• Sammy Sosa, 1999: 63.
• Roger Maris, 1961: 61.
• Babe Ruth, 1927: 60.
• Babe Ruth, 1921: 59.
• Giancarlo Stanton, 2017: 59.
• Jimmie Foxx, 1932: 58.
• Hank Greenberg, 1938: 58.
• Mark McGwire, 1997: 58.
• Ryan Howard, 2006: 58.
• Luis Gonzalez, 2001: 57.
• Alex Rodriguez, 2002: 57.

The Yankees have 20 games remaining. Judge has ample opportunity to get to 62 (and beyond). But a run at Bonds’ single-season record of 73 seems unlikely. And yes, that is the record. Steroid era and everything. Even Judge says so.

“Oh, yeah…That’s the record,” Judge said recently. “I watched him do it. I stayed up late watching him do it. That’s the record. No one can take that from him.”

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James Kratch can be reached at james.kratch@xlmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JamesKratch.

James Kratch is the managing editor of ESNY. He previously worked as a Rutgers and Giants (and Mike Francesa) beat reporter for NJ Advance Media.