Yanks' Sanchez fastest to 100 HRs in AL history

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Marly RiveraESPN Writer


Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

LOS ANGELES — A New York Yankees offense that was held in check in Oakland erupted against the least likely opponent Friday night.

The unit overpowered the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2, aided by three home runs off the best starting pitcher in baseball, Hyun-Jin Ryu, including Gary Sánchez‘s 100th historic career blast.

Sánchez slugged a third-inning home run off of Ryu in his 355th career game, becoming the fastest player to reach 100 homers in American League history.

In major league history, only first baseman Ryan Howard (325) reached the century mark in fewer games in the National League for the Philadelphia Phillies. The next fastest catcher to get to 100 home runs is Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, who did it in his first 422 games during his time with the Dodgers.

“He’s our best hitter, it’s something I’ve said for a long time,” said outfielder Aaron Judge, who also hit a home run earlier in the inning against Ryu, one of the five homers hit by the Bombers on Friday night.

“He has one of the most

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