April 8 in Yankee History

  • Notching their first 2015 win despite struggling with R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball, the Yanks evened their record at 1-1 by outpointing Toronto 4-3 on April 8. Pinch hitter Chris Young doubled off southpaw Aaron Loup to start the three-run, game-winning, eighth-inning rally to make a winner of Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller came on to post his first save in pinstripes. Starting the season as fans and manager Joe Girardi hoped they would, table setters Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner scored three of the Yankee runs. Continue reading
  • April 7 in Yankee History

  • The late offense that saved Nate Eovaldi from a loss after he surrendered five runs to the Astros over five innings, largely on two home runs, would prove illusory later in the season, but the solid bullpen work that ensured the victory on April 7, 2016, would be a club feature all year. Starlin Castro and Mark Teixeira homers (two in his first two games wearing the pinstripes for Castro) supplied the comeback offense in the 8-5 victory, but the three-hit, no-run relief from Kirby Yates, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller carried the day. Continue reading
  • April 6 in Yankee History

  • It was small consolation that a player with local roots buried the Yankees with a 14th-inning grand slam, as Pedro Alvarez put us out of our six-hour misery with a blast off Jonathan Holder in the visiting Orioles’ 7-3 win on April 6, 2018. Holder, off to a horrible start, would recover to have a fine year, and Didi Gregorius would continue his fine start with an eighth-inning home run that sent us into extras. The Yanks were in the midst of losing three of four to the hopeless Orioles at home, a primary reason why they failed to beat the Red Sox for the division title. The loss was even more frustrating because right fielder Aaron Judge, whose late-season broken bone in his finger was another reason the team came up short, made a briefly game-saving, homer-denying catch off a Caleb Joseph shot in the 13th. Continue reading
  • April 5 in Yankee History

  • The wheels came off suddenly in Yankee Stadium on April 5, 2018. Masahiro Tanaka allowed just three hits through six when Aaron Judge homered for a 1-0 lead. Giancarlo Stanton, playing left, kept the visiting Orioles off the board in the first, as his throw to Didi Gregorius and on to Gary Sanchez at the plate nailed Trey Mancini trying to score on an Adam Jones single. But a seventh-inning Jones homer got it started, a Tim Beckham single drove Tanaka from the mound, and Chad Green and Adam Warren had bad outings, resulting in a five-run frame. Neil Walker‘s rbi single in the bottom half was too little, and the Yanks fell, 5-2. Continue reading
  • No Longer Petrified Offense

    Bronx, N.Y., April 3, 2021; Yankees 5, Toronto 3 — Two teams showed some early-season struggles in the Yankees’ 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays this afternoon. The Yankees gifted the visitors with single runs in the top of the third and seventh innings that each felt much longer than they were (16 and 11 minutes, respectively), while Toronto’s Marcus Semien ended Corey Kluber’s day with a fifth-inning blast to left less than a minute after that frame had begun. But although 11 hometown hits produced less than they should have, they were a welcome sight for Yankee fans more concerned with their offense than they have any right to be on April 3. Continue reading

    April 3 in Yankee History

  • Even the most grizzled and veteran Yankee fan will have to admit that April 3, 2009, is a huge day in Yankee history. With the venerable old Stadium being slowly chipped away at across 161st Street, it was on this day that the team opened their new Palace in what would become a Championship season, just as they enjoyed when they opened the original 86 years previous. Would the magic make it across the street? Most doubts were dispelled when Hideki Matsui hit a two-run home run off the right field foul pole in the third inning and Cody Ransom thudded a high drive off the top of the left field pole for three more runs in the fourth. Chien-Ming Wang started the 8-5 exhibition victory over the NL Chicago Cubs, who started ex-Yankee Ted Lilly. Mariano Rivera pitched a rare sixth inning. Continue reading
  • April 2 in Yankee History

  • The best bullpen in baseball suffered a rare misstep in a 3-1 loss to the visiting Tigers on April 2, 2019. Masahiro Tanaka had a 1-0 lead on Clint Frazier‘s second inning sac fly with two down in the sixth when John Hicks tied it with an rbi double. Closer Aroldis Chapman would be reached for two runs in the ninth, highlighted by a Dustin Peterson rbi, on yet another double. Continue reading
  • April 1 in Yankee History

  • It was only fitting, perhaps, that the final Opening Day in old Yankee Stadium was rained out March 31, 2008, and postponed until April 1. Reggie Jackson threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Tuesday night game, George Steinbrenner was the first of 81 (sometimes) celebrities to advance the home games left counter from 81 to 80 in the fifth inning, and the Yanks prevailed 3-2 over Toronto in a scintillating pitchers’ duel between Roy Halladay and Chien-Ming Wang. That Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera threw scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to preserve the win was not surprising, but two other things were: First, Melky Cabrera came through with a tying home run in the sixth inning; then, Jason Giambi contributed greatly to the winning rally in the seventh with a cunning baserunning move, diving to the ground to avoid a tag and then scrambling to second just in time to thwart a double play attempt that put Alex Rodriguez at third base with one out. DH Hideki Matsui delivered the run with a fielder’s choice ground ball. Continue reading
  • March 31 in Yankee History

  • Culminating an insane major league schedule prepared, one assumes, by “professionals” who have never seen a map or a thermometer, the Yanks celebrated 2011 Opening Day in the Bronx on March 31, the first of 20 games played in a frigid, wet stadium before May 1. Recent Yankee retiree Mike Mussina threw out the ceremonial first pitch to one-year-from-retirement Jorge Posada. Behind Mark Teixeira‘s three-run bomb, the Yanks tied the Tigers through six with staff aces CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander pitching, and Curtis Granderson greeted ex-Yank lefty Phil Coke with a leadoff seventh-inning home run that led the way to the 6-3 hometown win. Continue reading