Game 112 / 61-51 / 2nd / -0.5GB : It’s been a while since the Yankees were looking up at first place in the division, July 1st to be exact. The red-hot Blue Jays hammered Oakland while New York’s slumping bats fell to Danny Salazar and the Cleveland Indians, 2-1. CC Sabathia deserved a better fate. The Big Man scattered 9 hits over 6 full innings, pitching into and out of trouble, but keeping the Yanks in the game.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Indians 2, Yankees 1
“We’ve had a chance to win a lot of these games that we’ve lost. Our offense will turn around and we’ll start scoring runs again. Right now we’re in a little rut.” ‐ Joe Girardi (h/t: Bryan Hoch / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2004, the Yankees signed Jose Tabata as an amateur free agent. On July 26, 2008, Tabata was part of a six-player trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that brought Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to New York. To make room on the roster, the Yankees optioned Brett Gardner to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and DFA’d reliever LaTroy Hawkins …
On this date in the magical 1977 season, the Yankees blasted the California Angels 10-1, behind a pair of Chris Chambliss home runs, and another by Roy White, backing up Catfish Hunter, who evened his record at 7-7… (h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)