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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 6

After a tough loss in their home opener the day before, the Yanks gave their fans false hope for a big year with 12 runs in the first three innings in a 16-6 win over visiting Houston on April 6, 2016. Loading the bases against righty Colin McHugh on an outfield error and two walks, five hits later they had a 6-1 lead, which Michael Pineda almost surrendered with a grand slam by George Springer in the second. But three-run jacks by Starlin Castro and Alex Rodriguez in the second and third innings, respectively, restored order. Pineda even managed to last five frames for the win, but not before Carlos Correa‘s second homer of the day smacked off the facade of the Mohegan Sun club in dead center. Continue reading

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