July 28 in Yankee History

  • On July 28, 2006, New York’s Chien-Ming Wang had perhaps his most dominant start yet, at least until he would flirt with a Perfect Game in 2007. He retired the Devil Rays on just 103 pitches through nine in a 6-0 win in Yankee Stadium in a game where he coaxed 18 ground ball outs and allowed just two singles and two walks. Derek Jeter had two hits and two rbi’s, and scored once, and Bernie Williams capped the scoring with a sixth-inning home run to dead center. Continue reading
  • July 27 in Yankee History

  • The misimpressions one can receive from checking a game’s outcome just from the box score and stats could be illustrated by looking at the Yankees’ 10-3 win over the Red Sox in the Bronx on July 27, 2012. What stands out is a grand slam home run by Curtis Granderson, but truth be told, that eighth-inning blast was added to the 6-3 run lead the Yanks already held, on two rbi’s apiece from Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez, and Russell Martin, the latter two from two-run fence-clearers of their own. Amazingly, this was the first 2012 game vs. the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium, almost matched in 2013 on the other side, as the Yanks first played in Fenway on July 19. Continue reading
  • July 26 in Yankee History

  • July 26 was another big day for Johnny Blanchard in 1961, just one more guy on that team who had a magical year. It’s the year that indelibly glued the boy in me to the Yanks, but sometimes I think the man in me now would not only have enjoyed that season, but would have appreciated what he was seeing far more. When Blanchard homered in his first two at bats against the White Sox that day, it brought his tater total to four in a five-at-bat period over three days. The Yanks went yard four times in a 5-2 win, including a Mickey Mantle shot back-to-back behind Johnny’s in the first. Blanchard became the first player ever to hit more than 20 homers in a season of less than 250 at bats (21/243) that year. Continue reading
  • July 25 in Yankee History

  • Great games, featuring great players — what fan can resist them? Al Downing fell behind the Twins in the first 1-0 on the strength of a Harmon “Killer” Killebrew home run on July 25, 1967. Twins starter Jim Kaat held the Yankees scoreless until, with two outs in the ninth, Mickey Mantle went yard on a 457-foot shot, and the game was rained out with the score, 1-1. The replay was won by the Yankees on August 18, 1-0. Continue reading
  • July 24 in Yankee History

  • The stars of the Broadway show “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” sang the national anthem before the Yankees, behind Bartolo Colon, beat the A’s 7-5 on July 24, 2011, a hot steamy Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. Two rbi’s apiece from Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones, and Brandon Laird supplied enough offense despite the day ex-Yank Hideki Matsui had, going 5-for-5 with two doubles. Continue reading
  • July 22 in Yankee History

  • The 10-4 Yankee win over Kansas City in Yankee Stadium on July 22, 2010, their second straight 10-run game, featured big offensive days from Derek Jeter, with two hits, two runs scored and an rbi; a run, two rbi’s, and three hits from Mark Teixeira; but most of all, Alex Rodriguez, who scored once on three hits while driving in four runs. CC Sabathia got the win in this one, a three-and-a-half hour adventure on a Thursday evening. Continue reading
  • July 21 in Yankee History

  • Though a victory, the July 21, 2010 10-6 win over the Angels in Yankee Stadium was another disappointing day in Javier Vazquez‘s second tour in pinstripes. Staked to a 6-0 lead through four on three hits and three runs scored from Derek Jeter and three safeties good for three rbi’s from Mark Teixeira, Vazquez had given back all but one run of the lead by the time he left with no one out in the sixth. Ex-Yank Hiideki Matsui and his two-run homer that made it 6-5 was the last batter Vazquez faced. But a Yankee Kiddie Crew established some normalcy in the home seventh as all four runs scored on long balls from Juan Miranda and Colin Curtis. Continue reading
  • The Towering Inferno

    July 20, 2012, Bronx, N.Y. — It’s hard not to feel good about the three-game sweep of the Reds by the home-standing Yanks coming out of the All Star break, particularly in light of the five straight losses the team suffered to conclude their last home stand. Those losses, one uglier than the next, handed the “Bombers” a home mark five games under .500, their lowest standing in that respect in decades. Continue reading

    July 20 in Yankee History

  • It’s easy to be deceived by the early innings in a baseball game, as in the July 20, 2010 tilt pitting the Angels and the Yankees in the Bronx. Riding a 2-0 first inning produced by a Nick Swisher home run and Jorge Posada‘s rbi groundout against Anaheim right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, Phil Hughes would be pulled after surrendering six runs in five-plus innings. But the young visiting hurler turned his game around so well that not only would he go six innings in the 10-2 Angels victory, he would earn a trade to the coming-into-New York Kansas City Royals, for whom he would take the same mound against the Yanks five days later (to thankfully different results). Continue reading