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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge whiffs a record eight times in doubleheader

AP, Kyodo

Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton left a doubleheader split in sour moods Monday night.

Judge became the first player ever to record eight strikeouts in a doubleheader, including five punchouts in the nightcap, and Giancarlo Stanton was angry after being hit by another pitch from Tigers starter Mike Fiers.

Leonys Martin had two hits and scored twice as Detroit won the second game 4-2. New York took the opener 7-4 behind Luis Severino’s eight strong innings and a six-run fourth inning.

Judge struck out eight times in nine at-bats, the most in a doubleheader since strikeouts for hitters were first recorded in 1910 for the NL and 1913 in the AL, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Judge struck out in each of his five at-bats in the late game, including with a runner aboard in the bottom of the ninth.

The five strikeouts were a career high for Judge, who led the majors with 208 strikeouts while winning AL Rookie of the Year last season.

“That’s not a rough day, that’s a terrible day,” Judge said. “But the beauty of baseball is that I get to wake up to fresh, new at-bats tomorrow.”

In the third inning of the second game, Fiers hit Stanton on the left forearm, leading to a brief verbal exchange between the pitcher and slugger. In September 2014, Fiers was pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers when he hit Stanton in the face, causing serious injuries.

“He wasn’t trying to hit me, but still, with the history, don’t hit me,” Stanton said Monday. “That doesn’t eliminate pitching in — this is the major leagues — but either get it over the plate or make sure it doesn’t hit me.”

Stanton hit a 139-meter homer in the sixth, then pointed at Fiers as he crossed the plate.

The doubleheader made up rainouts from April 14 and 15. Both teams wore No. 42 for the second game because they were making up their postponed Jackie Robinson Day showdown.

Fiers (5-3) got the win in the nightcap, allowing two runs in 5 innings. Three relievers finished, with Shane Greene striking out three in the ninth for his 15th save. Detroit’s pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in the game.

Domingo German (0-4) allowed four runs in 6 innings for New York.

In the opener, Severino (9-1) struck out 10 to improve to 7-0 in his last 10 starts. He allowed two runs — one earned — and four hits while walking none.

Giants 10, Diamondbacks 3

In San Francisco, Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Crawford opened a seven-run fourth inning with back-to-back home runs, and the Giants got back to .500 on the season by beating first-place Arizona.

Angels 9, Royals 6

In Anaheim, Mike Trout had three hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth, as the hosts beat Kansas City.

Shohei Ohtani scored the tying run in the sixth inning. He entered as a pinch hitter and singled in his only at-bat off a fastball from Royals righty Kevin McCarthy.

Padres 11, Braves 4

In San Diego, Cory Spangenberg homered and tripled, Raffy Lopez had a homer among his career-high three hits and Eric Hosmer and Franmil Reyes also went deep for the Padres.

Mize goes No. 1 in draft

Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1.

The Detroit Tigers selected the Auburn right-hander with the first pick in the MLB draft Monday night. The announcement at MLB Network studios marked the second time the Tigers led off the draft, and first since they took Rice pitcher Matt Anderson in 1997.

The Auburn University junior is 10-5 with a 2.95 ERA, 151 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 109 innings this season.

“It means a ton,” Mize said in an interview on MLB Network’s broadcast. “I can’t describe this feeling right now.”