NEW YORK Yankees slugger Aaron Judge smashed his 62nd home run of the year on Tuesday to break the American League (AL) single-season record set in 1961 by Roger Maris. Mr. Judge clobbered the first inning offering from Texas Rangers starter Jesus Tinoco over the left field wall to etch his name into history and give the Yankees an early 1-0 lead at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Mr. Judge watched intently after he sent the 1-1 breaking ball toward the outfield at 102 miles per hour (164 km per hour), the crowd standing in anticipation. The ball arrived 391 feet (119 metres) later into the glove of a lucky fan who cleanly snatched what will be a highly sought after collectors item. The 30-year-old’s teammates embraced him one-by-one after he crossed the plate to finally break the tie with Mr. Maris after failing to do so in the past five games, including one played earlier on Tuesday. The overall Major League Baseball (MLB) record belongs to Barry Bonds, with 73 homers hit for the National League’s San Francisco Giants in 2001. Bonds is among the many of MLB’s great sluggers tainted by doping accusations in the so-called “Steroid Era”. — Reuters