Severino = Real Deal, AL East Tightens

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Yankees rookie Luis Severino strikes out five, scatters seven hits and gives up one run over 6 1/3 innings against the Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 4, 2015

Game 133 / 75-58 / 2nd / – 0.5 GB : New York used the long ball behind another solid outing by rookie sensation Luis Severino to draw first blood against the visiting Tampa Ray in a 5-2 victory. Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann and Greg Bird went deep, and the pitching made it stand.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Yankees 5, Rays 2

  • The Big Hits   The home run by Brian McCann was his 24th of the season, tying his personal career best. A-Rod‘s blast was the 681st of his career, and 27th of the season. Rookie Greg Bird clubbed his 4th since being called up — an absolute bomb to the second deck in right.

“He belongs. He knows he belongs. He continues to show people he belongs.” ‐ Brian McCann on Luis Severino  (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1941, the Yankees clinched their third straight pennant on the earliest date in baseball history with a 6-3 victory over Boston…

On September 4, 1993, Jim Abbott pitched the Yankees’ first no-hitter in 10 years in a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Check out a great read by Andrew Mearns at Pinstripe Alley: This Day in Yankees History: “He did it! He did it! No-hitter for Jim Abbott!”

On today’s date in 1996, the Yankees reached 100 wins on the earliest date in Major League history — five days before the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 1954 Cleveland Indians – with an 11-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The ’06 Cubs set the Major League record for fewest games to reach 100 victories (132) …
FOOTNOTES : Happy 66th Birthday to Doyle Lafayette Alexander, who had two stints in pinstripes — first in a 1976 mid-season trade to New York, where he started 19 games for the club, and helped them win the American League East pennant. After stretches with The Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, and San Francisco Giants, the Giants traded Alexander to the Yankees in 1982 in exchange for Andy McGaffigan and Ted Wilborn. New York released him in 1983, but he would go on to spend 6 more seasons in the majors…
(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
 

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