Game 145 / 80-65 / 2nd / -3 GB : While Toronto was pounding Atlanta, it was clear early on that the Yankees could not let this one slip. Luis Severino out-dueled pinstripe nemesis Chris Archer, Greg Bird led the offense and the ‘pen held it down — despite a few moments of sheer terror when Dellin Betances‘ command escaped him in the 7th.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 3, Rays 1
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1948, Joe DiMaggio‘s 300th career homer is the lone run yielded by Detroit starter Fred Hutchinson in his 2-1 complete-game win over New York at Briggs Stadium. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ joins Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein and Hank Greenberg as the eighth major leaguer to reach the milestone. …
Today in 2008, Derek Jeter becomes the all-time hits leader at Yankee Stadium, which will be demolished at the end of the season. The team’s shortstop and captain surpasses Lou Gehrig‘s record with a first-inning single in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox, bringing his total to 1,270 at the 85 year-old ballpark.
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : A Happy 56th Birthday to Timothy ‘Rock’ Raines, who was part of the great Yankees teams of 1996-97-98 … Tomorrow is the Yankees last off-day of the season…