Stat of the Day: Judge rising in Yankees lore

2:07 AM UTC is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Yankees this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 15: Yankees 8, Orioles 2 -- Judge rising in Yankees lore
After his second-inning home run Saturday, Aaron Judge boasts the fourth-most homers hit as a member of the Yankees among players drafted by the organization. His 130 career home runs since his selection in the 2013 MLB Draft broke a tie with Brett Gardner, and he now trails only Jorge Posada (275 HRs, 1990), Derek Jeter (260 HRs, 1992) and Don Mattingly (222 HRs, 1979).

May 14: Yankees 5, Orioles 4 -- Judge has Orioles' number
Aaron Judge homered in the first and fourth innings on Friday for the 13th multihomer game of his career. Five of those have come against the Orioles; Judge has belted 22 homers in 58 career games against Baltimore, his most versus any team.

May 13: Rays 9, Yankees 1 -- Where's Gio? On base, of course
Gio Urshela picked up a ninth-inning single that extended his on-base streak to 21 games. Entering play on Thursday, that was the second-longest active streak in the Majors behind the Rangers' Nate Lowe (24). Urshela has recorded a hit in eight straight games, batting .367 (11-for-30) over that span.

May 12: Yankees 1, Rays 0 -- Cole's historic dominance
Only eight starts into his season, Gerrit Cole has already made Yankees history. This marked Cole's third start of his Bombers career with 12 or more strikeouts, no walks and no runs allowed, surpassing Mike Mussina and John Candelaria, who each had two such starts with the team. All three of Cole's outings have come this season, in starts against the Orioles, Tigers and Rays.

May 11: Yankees 3, Rays 1 -- Chapman locks it down
Aroldis Chapman remained perfect on Tuesday, converting his eighth save in as many opportunities. Dating back to Sept. 4, Chapman has not allowed an earned run over his last 22 regular-season appearances, the second-longest active streak in the Majors behind the Giants' Caleb Baragar (29 games, including Tuesday). During the streak, Chapman has allowed just five hits (.072 batting average) with 47 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings.

May 9: Yankees 3, Nationals 2 -- Gleyber finally sends one out
Gleyber Torres notched his first home run of the season with a solo shot in the sixth inning. The homer came in his 119th at-bat of the year, and it snapped his career-long 39-game homerless streak. It marked his first home run since Game 4 of the 2020 ALDS, and it was his first regular-season blast in 148 at-bats, dating back to Sept. 17 vs. Toronto.

May 8: Yankees 4, Nationals 3 (11 innings) -- Cy greats square off
Saturday's matchup between two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (2014, '17) and three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (2013, '16-17) marked the first time two opposing starting pitchers entered the game with a combined five (or more) Cy Young Awards in a game featuring the Yankees since April 3, 2006, at Oakland, when five-time winner Randy Johnson (1995, '99-02) and Barry Zito (2002) faced off.

May 7: Nationals 11, Yankees 4 -- Joltin' Joe, meet DJ
DJ LeMahieu's leadoff homer marked his 300th hit as a Yankee, coming in his 225th game with the club. According to the YES Network, that made LeMahieu the second-fastest Yankee to collect 300 hits in terms of games played. LeMahieu trails only Joe DiMaggio, who accomplished the feat during the 1937 season in his 200th game with the club.

May 6: Astros 7, Yankees 4 -- Cole flashes 'no walk' sign
Gerrit Cole has not allowed a walk and has tossed at least six innings in each of his last four starts (since April 18), which is tied for the third-longest such stretch in Yankees history. Cole trails only David Wells’ six-game stretch from Sept. 6, 2002, to April 10, 2003, and Fritz Peterson’s five-game streak from April 25-May 18, 1971. Cole is the first Yankees pitcher to accomplish the feat since Masahiro Tanaka (four games, from Aug. 2-19, 2016).

May 5: Yankees 6, Astros 3 -- Hicks hits the game-winner
Aaron Hicks' tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning of the win over Houston marked his first go-ahead hit that late in a game since July 23, 2019, at Minnesota, where the former Twin hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of what might have been the Yanks' game of the year. Hicks is hitting .353/.450/.647 in his last five games.

May 4: Yankees 7, Astros 3 -- Stanton unstoppable
Giancarlo Stanton enjoyed the 12th four-hit game of his career on Tuesday and has recorded at least three hits in four of his last five games, batting .609 (14-for-23) with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs. Stanton's fifth-inning double was his 250th career double and had an exit velocity of 117.4 mph, his MLB-leading 14th hit this season with an exit velocity of 115 mph or higher.

May 2: Yankees 2, Tigers 0 -- Starters leading the charge
The Yankees' rotation has carried the club back to the .500 mark, having allowed three runs or fewer in 13 of their last 14 starts (since April 18). Over that span, the Bombers' starters have posted a 2.38 ERA in 79 1/3 innings with 91 strikeouts and only four home runs.

May 1: Yankees 6, Tigers 4 -- No need for homers
After hitting a season-high five homers on Friday, the Yankees did not clear the fences on Saturday -- yet they still posted a win over the Tigers, the Yanks' first victory this season that did not feature a big fly. The Bombers improved to 1-7 in such games, leaving the Reds (0-5) as the only remaining club not to have posted a homerless win.