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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.

On April 14, 1955, former Yankee All Star catcher Elston Howard became the first black to wear the Yankee Pinstripes. He singled in his first at bat as the Yanks beat the Red Sox, 8-4.

Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles hit four home runs in a doubleheader split with the Indians (his former team) on April 14, 1974. The New Yorkers took the opener 9-5, then fell in the nightcap 9-6. Nettles would tie the at-the-time major league record with 11 April home runs that year.

Longtime (1938-1946) Yankee second baseman Joe Gordon, who posthumously made the Hall of Fame roster in 2008, died on April 14, 1978. Joe hit 153 long balls with 617 rbi’s in debuting with the Bombers, numbers he increased to 253 and 975 after playing for the Indians from 1947 through 1950.

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