GAME 73: The home run ball continues to plague Vidal Nuno. Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and former Yankee Steve Pearce all took the left-hander deep in an easy 6-1 win over the Yankees. Nuno (1-4, 5.88) now leads all starting pitchers in the majors for home runs allowed at home with 13. The hard-throwing Jose Ramirez relieved Nuno in the top of the seventh, and served up a solo homer to J.J. Hardy in the top of the eighth.
Baltimore starter Bud Norris, who faced the Yankees for the first time, allowed only 3 hits over 5 innings before departing with a groin strain, and the O’s pen kept the Bombers off the board the rest of the way. Mark Teixeira‘s fourth inning home run, his 12th, allowed the Yanks to avoid being shut out. Brian Roberts went 2-4 against his former teammates.
Here’s the box score. The Yankees turn to ace Masahiro Tanaka (11-1, 1.99) in the rubber game of the series tomorrow, which is also Old Timer’s Day.
GAMEDAY NOTES: Prior to the game, the club honored Tino Martinez with a plaque in Monument Park. Joe Torre, Paul O’Neill, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada joined the on-field ceremony. Tino’s is the 27th plaque in the Park.
MEMORY LANE: On June 21, 1939, the Yankees announce Lou Gehrig‘s retirement, based on the report that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The 36-year-old star would remain with the team as captain … In 1956, Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit, a seventh-inning single off the Indians Chick Pieretti, as the Yanks win 8-2 … (Source: Today In Baseball History) … On this date in 1989, the Yanks traded Rickey Henderson to the Oakland Athletics for Greg Cadaret, Eric Plunk and Luis Polonia … June 21, 1961, the Yankees defeated the Kansas City Athletics 5-3. Mickey Mantle drove in all five New York runs, with a 3-run blast in the first inning, and a 2-run shot in the seventh. Bud Daley pitched into the ninth inning and earned the win. …