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Bronx, N.Y., June 17, 2019; Yankees 3, Tampa 0 — Bristling with one of the best pitching staffs in the game, the Tampa Rays came to town Monday for the first of three against the Yankees, a team whose mound members have struggled of late. Just up a half game in the AL East, the Bronx boys needed someone to step up. Veteran righthander Masahiro Tanaka not only came through, he did so in back-in-the-day fashion. Continue reading

June 18 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees posted a come-from-behind, 9-4 win against the Marlins on June 18, 2015 in the Stadium, where the team entertained their fans by giving out a Thurman Munson Bobblehead; Diana Munson threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Although he did not pitch badly, CC Sabathia left after surrendering a Giancarlo Stanton home run, pitching through six innings down 3-1. But home runs from Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran sparked an eight-run uprising over three frames for the win. Continue reading
  • June 17 in Yankee History

  • It is a day often commemorated on YES and enshrined in the memories of a whole generation of Yankee fans. Ron Guidry‘s magical 1978 was so overwhelming and his outing on June 17 was no different, as his 4-0 win over California pushed his record to 11-0. And that’s not even the best number. Next time you are seated in Yankee Stadium and are engulfed in fans standing and rhythmically clapping when a Yankee pitcher gets two strikes on a batter, be aware that the practice started on this day in 1978 in response to Louisiana Lightning’s 18 strike outs. Continue reading
  • June 16 in Yankee History

  • The dominant first half of ace Luis Severino‘s 2018 season was in full display in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Rays in the Stadium on June 16. Luis struck out nine while allowing just three singles and two walks in eight innings. Once Chasen Shreve lost the shutout on a leadoff Matt Duffy home run in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman came on for the save. Aaron Judge doubled his first two times up and scored a run, and Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez went yard back-to-back in the fifth. Continue reading
  • June 15 in Yankee History

  • Not only did Jonathan Loiasiga make his major league debut on June 15, 2018, in a 5-0 win over visiting Tampa Bay, this young righthander had not yet pitched in AAA either. He struck out six over five innings for the win, supported on offense by an early home run from Didi Gregorius, who drove in Aaron Judge — who had doubled — for the second run also. Gary Sanchez put the game away with a three-run double in the eighth. Continue reading
  • June 14 in Yankee History

  • Yankee fans had a nice game-long celebration on Sunday, June 14, 2009, when the Bombers recorded an unexpectedly easy 15-0 rout of Johan Santana and the Mets in the Bronx to take the first half of crosstown interleague two games to one (it would grow to five to one in weeks). Although he didn’t need to be, A.J. Burnett was superb, Derek Jeter had three hits, two rbi’s and two runs scored, and Johnny Damon and Robbie Cano drove in three runs apiece. And for a boost, Francisco Cervelli had three hits, an rbi and two runs scored as well. Continue reading
  • June 13 in Yankee History

  • We could feature the 1-0 loss that A.J. Burnett (five hits, eight strike outs, one run, in eight) and the Yankees suffered at the hands of young Carlos Carrasco and the Indians in Yankee Stadium on June 13, 2011, in light of its haunting familiarity to some offensive woes the 2012 team had. Not ony did the Yanks fail to score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the first, no Yankee crossed home plate in the second either once the first two batters reached. But the greater significance of this game, really, was the sore right calf that sent Derek Jeter to the disabled list after it, just a few hits short of the magical 3,000-hits mark. Continue reading
  • June 12 in Yankee History

  • CC Sabathia had a tremendous start in a 3-0 win over visiting Washington on June 12, 2018, as two of the four singles he surrendered two outs into the sixth were of the infield variety. He walked three, and struck out just three too, but the third one, against Michael A. Taylor in the fourth, was the 1,500th K {???, got 3,000 last year?) of CC’s career. Second star clearly goes to Didi Gregorius, who hit two solo home runs to drive the offense. Continue reading
  • June 11 in Yankee History

  • The Yankee offense powered through on Sunday, June 11. 2017, in the Bronx, as they followed up a 16-3 pounding of Baltimore the day before with a 14-3 victory. They plated five in the first, punctuated by a Gary Sanchez bomb, and barely skipped a beat when the O’s came back with three in the third against Chad Green, a guy who was to have a career year in the pen after this, what may have been his last start. Two home runs by Aaron Judge, the first measured at 595 feet, and one from Starlin Castro, were to follow as the Yanks won going away. One day after Adam West passed away, references to Batman, and music from the show and movies, dominated the festivities. Continue reading
  • June 10 in Yankee History

  • For a few thousand season ticket holders, June 10, 2017, was already a great day in the Bronx, as they got to meet, speak, and take selfies with their favorite players in pregame ceremonies on photo day, but it got better from there. The Yanks pounded Baltimore’s Chris Tillman for nine runs into the second while he recorded all of four outs. Early long balls from Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, and Starlin Castro got the carnage started, and Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez homers sealed the 16-3 annihilation. If there was a sad hometown note, it was that the superb Luis Severino was wasted on a day where I may have been able to pitch the Bombers to a win. Continue reading