Aaron Judge circled the bases for the 50th time this season, breaking Mark McGwire’s major-league record for home runs by a rookie, and returned to the Yankees dugout to exchange handshakes, hugs and high-fives with excited teammates.

And then, he walked up the steps and back onto the field. Embarrassed by the attention, he managed four short waves with his right hand before heading back to the bench just three seconds later.

“They kind of told me: ‘You got to go out there. You got to go out there,’ ” he would later recall. “First curtain call. I hope it was a good one.”

Judge had his second straight two-homer game in an 11-3 rout of Kansas City on Monday.

Judge has homered against every AL opponent and his total is second in the majors to the 57 of Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. Judge is a contender for AL MVP, along with Houston’s Jose Altuve and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez.

“I’d rather be in a good position in the playoffs and holding up a World Series trophy than an AL MVP trophy,” Judge said.

Yankees fan better

The Yankees’ Todd Frazier said the condition of the young girl injured by his foul ball last week has improved and she could be leaving a hospital soon.

The girl was hurt by a 105-mph drive off his bat into Yankee Stadium’s lower deck behind third base Wednesday and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Frazier has been in contact with her father.

“We’ve been texting back and forth. He said she’s doing a lot better,” Frazier said Monday. “He said the hard stuff is behind now and hopefully she’ll be getting out, hopefully today.”

Frazier plans to meet with the family.

Nunez hurt

Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez was removed from the game against Toronto after he aggravated a right knee injury that caused him to miss the previous 13 games.

Nunez, who sparked Boston’s lineup after he was acquired in a trade with San Francisco in late July, doubled in his first at-bat of the game and scored a run.

During his second trip to the plate, he fouled a ball into the seats and dropped to the ground in pain. After talking to a trainer and manager John Farrell, he finished the at-bat with a liner to third, but barely got out of the box and had trouble putting weight on the knee.

Puig benched

Yasiel Puig is running into problems with the Los Angeles Dodgers yet again.

The star outfielder arrived late to the ballpark Monday and was benched by manager Dave Roberts. Puig was not in the lineup Sunday, either, after a base-running blunder the previous day.

Roberts stopped short of saying Puig got punished Sunday, but made it clear the 26-year-old slugger was being disciplined Monday before the NL West champions hosted San Diego.