Game 89 / 49-40 / 1st / +4.5G : On the heels of a strong finish to the first half, winning 7 of 10 before the All-Star break, the Yankees picked up where they left off with a 4-3 win over the visiting Mariners. Masahiro Tanaka kept it close over 7 innings, and Alex Rodriguez delivered the game-winner with a solo blast to right-center in the 7th. New York’s bullpen held it down from there, for a season-high mark of 9 games over .500.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 4, Mariners 3
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1941, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio‘s 56 game hitting streak was stopped in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium by two Indian hurlers — Al Smith and Jim Bagby — before a crowd of 67,000 plus. It’s a record that stands to this day …
Don Mattingly became the first American League player to hit at least one home run in each of seven consecutive games as the Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers, 8-4 on July 17, 1987 …
On today’s date in the magical season of 1998, the Yankees posted the incredible record of 67-23 in their first 90 games, good for a 14-game lead over the second place Boston Red Sox. Boston’s 55-39 mark at the time would be good enough for first place in any other season except this one … (h/t: Today in Baseball History, Baseball-Reference.com)
FOOTNOTES : Old friend Vidal Nuno, traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in last season’s acquisition of Brandon McCarthy, and now with Seattle entered the game in the bottom of the 8th to face Garrett Jones. Nuno got Jones on a soft fly to center, then faced Jacoby Ellsbury, who got squeezed on a third strike call ..