Yankees set MLB record with 28th straight game with a home run

It didn’t take very long for the New York Yankees to make home run history on Tuesday.

Thanks to a leadoff home run from second baseman DJ LeMahieu, the Yankees broke an MLB record by homering in 28 straight games. The record-setting homer wrapped just around the foul pole.

Aaron Judge provided an exclamation point to the beginning of the game by hitting an opposite-field shot for back-to-back homers.

The Yankees’ streak broke the previous record of 27 by the 2002 Texas Rangers, a team that featured Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez in the middle of its lineup.

This is the second year in a row the Yankees have made homer history, as the team hit 267 homers last year to set the single-season record. With 131 homers through 79 games this year, the team is on pace to break that record with 269.

Key moments in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry
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Key moments in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry
BOSTON - JULY 24: Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek trade blows in the 3rd inning that precipitated a bench clearing brawl between the two teams. Both players were ejected from the game. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Babe Ruth wearing the uniform of the Boston Red Sox, the team he played with from 1915 until he joined the Yankees in 1920. (Photo via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 19: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees heads into first base as Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo tries to tag him, during the eighth inning of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. Umpires ruled that Rodriguez was out because he batted the ball away from Arroyo. Doug Mienkiewicz of the Sox is at right. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 16: As the fans go wild, Aaron Boone heads for home as Tim Wakefield heads for the off season in the background. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 11: Boston Red Sox' pitcher Pedro Martinez (left) throws 72-year-old New York Yankees' bench coach Don Zimmer to the ground in a fourth-inning fracas at Fenway Park during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Martinez had hit the Yankees' Karim Garcia with a pitch at the top of the inning; when Yanks' pitcher Roger Clemens then nearly grazed the Sox' Manny Ramirez, a bench-clearing brawl ensued. Zimmer, who lunged at Martinez during the dustup, was taken to the hospital for observation, then released. The Yanks won, 4-3. (Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Boston: Boxing Or Wrestling? Yankee's Gene Michael (L) and Bosox catcher Carlton Fisk (top), battle on the mound as Yanks' Thurman Munson, (LL), is held down by (L to R), Boston's Doug Griffin, Carl Yastrzemski, and John Curtis during 9th inning melee at Fenway Park. Munson and Fisk were both thrown out of the game which Boston won 3-2.
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 21: It's bedlam - but a happy kind - as Boston Red Sox players explode with joy after their 10-3 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. In an astounding comeback, the Bosox became the first team in baseball history to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games. Now, they go on to the World Series. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly (56) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The most impressive part about the Yankees’ home run streak might actually be who wasn’t involved, at least from the start. When the streak began on May 26, both Judge and slugger Giancarlo Stanton were on the injured list, and didn’t return until last week. Stanton has only posted one homer since returning, and Judge’s homer on Tuesday was his first since April.

In that time, Gary Sanchez has taken over the team lead in home runs, with names like Luke VoitGio Urshela, LeMahieu and the now-demoted Clint Frazier right behind him. In that time, the Yankees carved out a five-game lead in the AL East entering Tuesday.

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s history might have come with a step back, as Stanton exited the game in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.

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