Game 122 / 68-54 / 1st / +1G : The dormant Yankee bats unloaded on stud Cleveland starter Danny Salazar for a pair of first inning home runs, and Luis Severino made it stand as New York snapped an untimely two game skid to retain their tenuous hold on first place in the American League East. After two solid outings with scant run support, Severino earned his first career victory in the bigs — allowing only 3 hits and striking out 6 over six innings. He allowed 4 walks, but pitched out of trouble thanks to some sweet glove work from his defense — from Didi Gregoruis and Greg Bird in particular.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 6, Indians 2
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- Big First Inning In the radio booth, John Sterling was a busy man — calling home runs for Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, and almost one for Greg Bird.
“He’s a competitor, man. He competed. He was aggressive. He got behind early, 1-0, and then shut them down after that. I mean, you can see his attitude out there, his aggressiveness, and his emotion. It’s pretty fun to watch.” ‐ John Ryan Murphy on Luis Severino (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)
Jorge Honored, Fab 5 Together Again
Put me in the camp of it being nuts not to include Bernie Williams in the nucleus of one of the greatest Yankee runs of all time. Yeesh, he was the first one there! And his success paved the way for the others. But that’s not the storyline here — just seeing all five of them together was both a treat, and brought the ‘Core Four’ thing to mind. Enough of that. Today was about Jorge.
Taking his place alongside Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, Bill Dickey and Elston Howard – the great pinstriped catchers of the past – Posada had his No. 20 retired during yet another lavish pregame ceremony on Saturday. Posada was emotional when he spoke, particularly when he spoke of his connection to Munson and his respect for the backstops who came before him. (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)
- Jorge Posada has No. 20 retired by Yankees on ‘one of the happiest days of my life’ / NY Daily News
- Jorge Posada ‘honored’ no Yankee will wear his No. 20 again / NY Post
- Jorge Posada honored by Yankees with Monument Park plaque, has number retired / Newsday
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2002, in a 3-team trade, the Oakland Athletics sent Jeremy Bonderman, Franklyn German and Carlos Pena to the Detroit Tigers, while the Yankees sent minor leaguers Jason Arnold, John-Ford Griffin and pitcher Ted Lilly to Oakland, and the Tigers sent Jeff Weaver to the Yankees. That was a mouthful. Detroit also sent cash to the Athletics in the deal…