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Toronto's Jay Jackson admits to tipping pitches during controversial Aaron Judge at-bat

New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The pitcher on the mound for the "controversial" at-bat in which Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was seen glancing to his right before hitting a long home run has admitted that he was tipping his pitches, which could explain the reigning AL MVP's action.

Blue Jays pitcher Jay Jackson told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that he was tipping his slider during the eighth-inning appearance of Monday night's game in Toronto.

When Jackson reached the set position, he would bring his hands up near his ear as he would grip the ball. Rosenthal reports that when in this position, his grip on the ball was visible for Yankees first base coach Travis Chapman, citing multiple Toronto sources.

“From what I was told, I was kind of tipping the pitch,” Jackson told Rosenthal. “It was (less) my grip when I was coming behind my ear. It was the time it was taking me from my set position, from my glove coming from my head to my hip. On fastballs, I was kind of doing it quicker than on sliders. They were kind of picking up on it.”

The Jays reliever, who sent the first two Yankee batters down on strikes, threw Judge six straight sliders, the last one was the 3-2 pitch that went for the long home run, his second of the game. The final slider was the only pitch Judge swung at in the at-bat.

So, when the Toronto broadcasters noticed that the slugger glancing sideways during his at-bat, Judge may have been looking at the first base coach. And it would be permissible under MLB rules for Chapman to relay what grip Jackson was showing via a hand signal to Judge at the plate.

For his part, Judge said after the game Monday he was looking toward the Yankee dugout after manager Aaron Boone had been ejected for arguing balls and strikes earlier in the at-bat.

"Yeah I was kinda, lot of chirping from our dugout, which I really didn't like in the situation where it's a 6-0 game and I know Booney got tossed," Judge said. "I was trying to save Booney by calling timeout, like, 'Hey, hold up here, like let me work here.' So, I was trying to kind of see who was chirping in the dugout. So it's 6-0, Booney got tossed, let's work now."

Prior to Tuesday's game, another Yankee win in which Judge homered, the slugger took exception with the Blue Jays broadcast team's Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez for leveling cheating accusations.

“I’ve got some choice words about that, but I’m just going to keep that off the record,” Judge said. "I’m not happy about it, but people can say what they want. I’ve still got a game to play. I’ve got things to do.”