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Aaron Judge doesn’t blame fan for interfering on J.D. Martinez home run

J.D. Martinez’s home run in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the decisive run in the Boston Red Sox’s 5-4 win over the Yankees in the Bronx Thursday night. It also proved to be the source of controversy as it appears two fans may have interfered with Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge’s attempt to keep the ball in the park.

While Judge’s glove appeared to make some contact with either the gloved fan and/or the barehanded fan, he refused to blame either of them after the loss, which prevented the Yankees from sweeping the division-rival Red Sox.

“Interference, I mean, once it goes past that imaginary line right there above the wall, it’s fair game for them,” Judge said after the game, via “If I get in a better position to make the play — that last 5 feet, the ball kind of faded toward my right and I just missed it.”

Yankees manager Brett Boone did not protest the home run ruling.

“No,” Boone said when asked if Judge said anything about fan interference. “I’ll say again, no. The way (Judge) acted, he felt like he didn’t quite get over there. I’ll talk to him some more. I didn’t sense that.”

It bears mentioning one of the two fans involved in the incident — believed to be the one who made the barehanded attempt to catch the ball — was booted from the game by Yankee Stadium security.