June 29 in Yankee History

  • A four-run fourth inning keyed by a Robinson Cano triple and three-run Russell Martin jack, along with a Jorge Posada home run later, suppled the offense, as A.J. Burnett outpitched Shaun Marcum in a 5-2 Yankee win over the Brewers on June 29, 2011. When Mariano Rivera came on for the save, he moved past Roberto Hernandez into 12th place in all-time major league appearances with No. 1,011. Continue reading
  • June 28 in Yankee History

  • You don’t earn a name like the Bronx Bombers lightly, but putting up numbers like the Yanks did on June 28, 1939, sure helps. The eight home runs they hit in the first game of that day’s doubleheader was a record. When they made it 13 on the day with five more in the second game, that was another, as were the 53 total bases they earned in the two games. Joe DiMaggio, Babe Dahlgren, and Joe Gordon each hit three home runs as the Yankees swept the A’s, 23-2 and 10-0. Continue reading
  • June 27 in Yankee History

  • Behind a strong Vidal Nuno start (two hits through six innings), the Yankees shut out Brandon Workman and the visiting Red Sox 6-0 on June 27, 2014. Much of the offense came via home runs from Brett Gardner, Kelly Johnson, and Brian McCann, with the catcher chipping in two hits, two rbi’s, and two runs scored. Continue reading
  • June 26 in Yankee History

  • It’s not earth-shattering news that the Yanks often have days honoring ex-players, but they took advantage of the Old Timers Day festivities on June 26, 2011, to give tribute to retiring trainer Gene Monahan. In pregame ceremonies, Geno was given a Garth Books 10-gallon hat (and concert tix), a multi-signed Nascar helmet, a trip to the Alps, a Ford truck (perhaps with dog?), and a sitdown lawnmower. But the best were the funny player tributes by Derek Jeter: “He’s been here 100 years, I think”; and on tape from Don Mattingly: “He worked on Babe Ruth, you know.” Tino Martinez followed a Bernie Williams double with a home run to right to lead the Bombers past the Clippers in the three-inning 2-0 win in the OTD game. Then the Yanks used back-to-back Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada fifth-inning jacks, and another by Mark Teixeira in the eighth, to beat the Rockies 6-4. Continue reading
  • June 25 in Yankee History

  • All but one of the seven runs scored in the Yanks’ 4-3 win over Texas in the Stadium on June 25, 2013, came on singleton home runs, with the Rangers plating their three off Hiroki Kuroda in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, two of them on jacks by center fielder Leonys Martin. But the Bombers equaled them with a run each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth on wall-clearing drives from Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner, and Jayson Nix. The Yanks tried to eke out a little-ball run in the bottom of the ninth, but Gardner was out stealing, three pitches before Ichiro Suzuki sent the fans home happy with a no-doubt-about-it drive to right. Continue reading
  • June 24 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees lost a 19-inning battle to Boston in 2015, and played a 17-inning game with the Tigers in 2003, and I attended an 18-inning battle with them in 1988 and another 17-inning contest a few years back. But they all pale in comparison to the 22-inning battle the Yanks won against the Bengals on June 24, 1962, the longest in innings in Yankee history. Jack Reed, who replaced Joe Pepitone in the 13th, stroked his only career major-league home run to win it for Jim Bouton and his weary teammates, 9-7. Continue reading
  • June 23 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees battled gamely in a June 23, 2015, game vs Philly in Yankee Stadium as CC Sabathia was reached for six runs in four innings, eventually tying the contest on homers from Garrett Jones, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, and Alex Rodriguez. But Dellin Betances had his worst outing of the year and the visitors rode a five-run ninth to an 11-6 victory. Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco, Cameron Rupp, and Andres Blanco went yard for the Phillies. Continue reading
  • June 22 in Yankee History

  • The great year Michael Pineda was having in 2015 took a hit on June 22, as he was lifted in the fourth inning of an 11-8 loss to the visiting Phillies having surrendered eight runs, much of it due to third baseman Maikel Franco‘s early 3-for-3, including a home run; he would hit another later, and drive in five runs on the day. A Brett Gardner three-run homer, and rbi doubles from Carlos Beltran and Garrett Jones fueled a spirited but futile comeback. Yankee righty Diego Moreno made his major league debut coming out of the pen. Continue reading
  • June 21 in Yankee History

  • Looking for — and in many cases expecting — an uplifting sweep of visiting Detroit on June 21, 2015, fans were feeling good once Masahiro Tanaka recorded a foul pop and a swinging strike out to start the game, but then the day collapsed, as the Tigers struck with two-run homers from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, the latter the first of his three jolts on the day. Tanaka was replaced after five by righthander Danny Burawa and then southpaw Jose de Paula, each making his major league debut, and first — and last, to this point — appearance for the Yankees. Andrew Romine would also go yard, while one homer from Brian McCann and two from Stephen Drew would fall far short of what was needed in a 12-4 loss. Continue reading
  • June 20 in Yankee History

  • They’re all emotional events, but Old Timer’s day on June 20, 2015, in Yankee Stadium was a particularly poignant affair. The retiring of No. 30 and a plaque in Monument Park for Willie Randolph was expected, but the presence, and then addition to that honor, of an ailing Mel Stottlemyre brought many a tear. The Clippers beat the Bombers 3-2 in two innings in the game that followed, then the Yankees blasted the Tigers, 14-3. Driving Alberto Simon from the mound in the third, the offense was led by five rbi’s from Alex Rodriguez, with three more from Carlos Beltran, and two each from Didi Gregorius and Chris Young. Continue reading