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History Highlights for May 22

There was not much to like in the 10-9 loss the Yanks suffered at the hands of visiting Texas on May 22, 2015, as the Rangers put up a seven spot in the top of the third against Michael Pineda, with considerable help from two errors, one by Big Mike himself. They got just four hits that frame, but two loud ones were over the wall, by Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder. Sadly, had David Carpenter not failed in relief yet again in this one, the Bombers’ comeback might have been successful, with three-run jacks from Didi Gregorius and Garret Jones getting the home team close. A Mark Teixeira ninth-inning jolt left New York one run short however, and one-time Yankee Ross Ohlendorf chalked up the save. Slade Heathcott reached base three of four times in this, his first start, including a booming double in his first at bat. Continue reading

History Highlights for May 16

Rookie Mickey Mantle hit his first Stadium home run, knocked in four runs and scored three in an 11-3 thumping of the Indians on May 16, 1951. The Mick’s first Stadium victim was Cleveland’s Dick Rozek.

The Yankees posted one of their finest comeback victories on May 16, 2006. Texas battered Shawn Chacon and took a 9-0 lead in the second. Although he allowed a homer to his first batter, reliever Aaron Small had what may have been his only ’06 highlight as he held the Rangers in for four innings, as the Bombers came back, and even took a brief lead in the seventh before a Brad Wilkerson home run put Texas back on top. All of which set up Jorge Posada’s two-out, two-run, bottom-of-the-ninth walkoff home run for a 14-13 win. Captain Derek Jeter had four hits, a walk, four rbi’s, and three runs scored. And Posada drove in five with the homer, a single, and two sac flies. Continue reading

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