NEW YORK — All-Star slugger Aaron Judge hurt his left oblique while taking a swing and likely was headed to the injured list as the already banged-up New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Saturday.

Judge homered early, but hurt himself in the sixth inning while hitting a single. He was taken to a hospital for an MRI and further tests.

Asked if Judge could possibly avoid going on the injured list, Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said, “Probably not.”

The Yankees began the game with 12 players on the injured list, including Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks. Of those missing, only Sanchez appears close to returning.

Judge has five home runs and is batting .288 with 11 RBI. The right fielder has played in every game this season.

“It’s Aaron Judge. He’s one of the great players in the game,” Boone said.

It’s the second straight season Judge was hurt playing against Kansas City. Last July, he sustained a broken right wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Jakob Junis and missed nearly two months.

The Yankees hit four home runs. Judge connected in the first, Clint Frazier had a solo drive in the second, and Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth.

Boone was ejected for the first time this season in the third after an apparent three-run homer by Gleyber Torres was overturned by fan interference and ruled an out.

TWINS 6, ORIOLES 5: Eddie Rosario homered twice for a second consecutive game, Byron Buxton hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning and Minnesota won at Baltimore in the opener of a doubleheader.

Rosario also doubled and made a leaping catch at the wall in left field to take away an extra-base hit from Chris Davis.

Willians Astudillo also went deep for the Twins, who have won seven straight over Baltimore.

Dwight Smith Jr., Renato Nunez and Pedro Severino homered for the Orioles.

BLUE JAYS 10, ATHLETICS 1: Rowdy Tellez and Brandon Drury hit back-to-back homers during a five-run fourth inning, Justin Smoak also homered and shortstop Freddy Galvis made an over-the-shoulder, barehanded catch as Toronto won at Oakland.

TIGERS-WHITE SOX: The game between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox was postponed because of rain and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 6.


DIAMONDBACKS 6, CUBS 0: Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball over six innings and Arizona supported him with three home runs in a victory at Chicago.

Greinke (3-1) picked up his first victory in six starts at Wrigley Field, giving him at least one win at every National League ballpark.

Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta hit back-to-back solo homers against a shaky Yu Darvish (1-3) in the first innings. John Ryan Murphy capped a three-run sixth against Allen Webster with a two-run homer that made it 6-0.

CARDINALS 10, METS 2: Miles Mikolas tossed eight stellar innings and also drove in two runs, leading St. Louis to a win at home.

Jose Martinez had three hits and three RBI, and Paul Goldschmidt hit his eighth home run for St. Louis.

Mikolas (2-1) became the first St. Louis pitcher to record an out in the seventh inning this season. He allowed two runs and four hits.

BREWERS 5, DODGERS 0: Christian Yelich hit two home runs, pushing his major league-leading total to 13, and Chase Anderson pitched five shutout innings in a spot start as Milwaukee won at home.

PIRATES 3, GIANTS 1: Cole Tucker made a splash in his major league debut, hitting a two-run homer as Pittsburgh won at home in a game shortened to five innings because of rain.

MARLINS 9, NATIONALS 3: Curtis Granderson homered and Miami busted out at the plate after changing hitting coaches, roughing up Washington ace Max Scherzer to win a series for the first time this season.


INDIANS 8, BRAVES 4: Corey Kluber bounced back from one of his worst outings in recent years by working seven innings, and Carlos Santana celebrated his U.S. citizenship with three hits, leading Cleveland to a win at home in the opener of a doubleheader.

Kluber (2-2) shook off a rough first inning and allowed four runs and five hits. The right-hander didn’t get out of the third inning in his previous start.