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History Highlights for September 19

If he hadn’t been totally embraced in the Bronx before September 19, 2012, Ichiro Suzuki earned his pinstripes in Yankee Stadium that day, as the Yanks swept a day/night doubleheader from Toronto, 4-2 and 2-1. First, he scored twice while going three-for-four in the opener. But that was nothing. In the nightcap, Ichiro went four-for-four with a double, stole four bases, and the run he knocked in in the bottom of the eighth was a game winner. Playing left field in both tilts, he made a fine running catch in each. The twin killing restored the Yanks to first place. Continue reading

History Highlights for September 2

It was Yankees in front of Boston in the standings on September 2, 2001. The venue was Fenway, the opposing pitchers, Mike Mussina and (at the time) Boston’s David Cone. Cone battled gamely through eight scoreless innings against the “perfect” Mussina, who lost his perfecto to Carl Everett‘s single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, one half inning after Cone had allowed the only (unearned) run of the contest, on Enrique Wilson‘s double. In a strange twist, Boston GM Dan Duquette fired interim pitching coach John Cumberland after the game. Cumberland had been promoted to the spot after the incumbent Joe Kerrigan had replaced the fired Jimy Williams as manager. Continue reading

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