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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

History Highlights for May 11

It was an early test for a new Yankee “co-ace” when veteran righty and free agent signee Hiroki Kuroda took the Yankee Stadium mound on May 11, 2012, in a contest with Seattle phenom “King” Felix Hernandez. And despite a good outing, it looked bleak when Kuroda gave up a seventh-inning leadoff home run to ex-Yankee Jesus Montero to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead. But in the bottom of the inning, a walk and a single set it up and then with two outs “R-a-u-u-u-u-l” Ibanez‘s three-run jolt turned it around. Andruw Jones fashioned the 6-2 final with a two-run bomb in the eighth. Continue reading

History Highlights for May 9

The Yanks jumped on Texas righty Robinson Tejada with four straight hits and a walk for four quick tallies in the bottom of the first in an eventual 6-2 win on May 9, 2007. Mike Mussina scattered three hits through six frames for the win, and Derek Jeter carried the 1,300th run of his career when he crossed with run number two. Jeter added a two-run double in the home fourth.

Mickey Mantle hit a homer and was robbed of another on a great catch at the Sox bullpen in right center by Jimmy Piersall in a 6-4 win over Boston on May 9, 1953. Continue reading

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