Yankees’ Aaron Judge beats Angels’ Shohei Ohtani for American League MVP

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FILE PHOTO: Oct 19, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game one of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Minute Maid Park.

FILE PHOTO: Oct 19, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game one of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who belted an American League record 62 home runs, was named baseball’s AL Most Valuable Player on Thursday, ahead of Angels star Shohei Ohtani.

Judge broke Roger Maris’s iconic single-season AL home run record, which was the Major League record when Maris achieved it in 1961.

Judge led the majors not only in homers but also runs-batted-in (131), total bases (391) and runs scored (133).

In what was expected to be a tight race for the honor with 2021 MVP Ohtani, Judge — who powered the Yankees to the AL East title — received 28 first-place votes and Ohtani two in…

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