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History Highlights for April 20

A difficult fourth inning ruined what was shaping up as a good start by Nathan Eovaldi in a 5-2 loss to the A’s in the Stadium on April 20, 2016. Following nine up, nine down to start (Nate took care of a leadoff first-inning single by picking off the speedy Billy Burns), the rally that saw five hits and a sac fly from the first seven up in the fourth plated three, more than enough to offset Didi Gregorius and Carlos Beltran home runs. Branden Pinder allowed two more runs in the eighth. Continue reading

History Highlights for April 14

The Yanks and Orioles played a great pitchers’ duel on April 14, 2013, to a 3-0 final win for the home team. Baltimore lefty Wei-Yin Chen allowed just six hits, but the one to Brett Gardner in the fifth hit the right field foul pole, and capped the only scoring half inning of the night. But the star of this one was righthander Hiroki Kuroda, who scattered five singles and no walks to go the nine-inning distance on 113 pitches. Gathering 18 ground-ball outs, Hiroki needed just five strike outs, three of them by O’s slugger Chris Davis. Continue reading

History Highlights for April 7

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

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