July 28 (UPI) -- Aaron Judge was so excited after a home run recently that he lost his tooth. And he didn't even hit the long ball.
The Yankees (54-46) were tied 5-5 with the Rays in the Bottom of the 11th inning when Brett Gardner stepped up to the plate. Gardner took a called first strike and a ball on his second pitch. Rays righty Andrew Kittredge then tossed in an 83.1 mph slider, which Gardner deposited into the right field seats with a 385 foot home run.
Gardner's teammates met him at home plate to celebrate the victory. As the pinstripes pounced, Judge found the wrong end of somebody's helmet. His tooth could be seen flying through the air. He walked back to the dugout with a hand over his mouth.
"It wasn't my fault," Gardner told reporters, according to MLB.com. "I threw it on the ground and then I think he had it in his hand. Somebody bumped into him and it hit him in the face. He's too big to get hurt by something like that. I think he'll be all right."
Judge isn't expected to miss any time after the mishap, but he could be seeing a dentist soon. He went 1-for-5 in the victory.
The Yankees' public relations department later confirmed that Judge chipped the tooth on Gardner's helmet. ESPN reported that the Yankees' head of security came out of the locker room after the game and was searching for the tooth around home plate, but never found it.
The Yankees are now second in the American League East and have won six of their last seven games. New York hosts Tampa Bay in Game 2 of the four game series at 6:05 p.m. Friday at Yankee Stadium.