April 20, 1995 |
It was two weeks ago today. John Wetteland was tooling down the Florida Turnpike, heading for a spring-training destination to be named later, when he decided to check his phone messages. And found out he had 20 of them. Welcome to the New York Yankees, buddy. His answering machine was telling him, in 20-part harmony, that he had just been traded by his old team, the everything-must-go Montreal Expos, to the New York Yankees. Which tended to break up the monotony of the drive a little.
August 17, 1996 |
The New York Yankees had good and bad news on the pitching front. David Cone, in his most extensive test since being sidelined by an aneurysm in his right shoulder in May, felt strong after pitching three innings of a simulated game yesterday in New York. "It went well," Cone said. "I mixed all of my pitches, and my velocity was about 90 percent. I'm pretty happy with the results. " Meanwhile, the Yankees placed closer John Wetteland on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.
October 4, 1995 |
Don Mattingly had waited his whole career, his whole life, for this game. Nothing was going to ruin it, not even Ken Griffey Jr. The New York Yankees became baseball's first wild-card team to win a playoff game, overcoming Griffey's two home runs to beat the Seattle Mariners, 9-6, last night in their American League playoff opener. A standing, stomping crowd of 57,178, the largest at Yankee Stadium since it was remodeled for the 1976 season, saw Mattingly, David Cone and the Yankees take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
August 28, 1995 |
The New York Yankees avoided their longest losing slump in nearly 13 years, stopping an eight-game skid as Scott Kamieniecki pitched them past the host Seattle Mariners, 5-2, yesterday. New York hadn't lost nine in a row since September 1982. The last time the Yankees had dropped eight straight was September 1991. The Yankees moved within 4 1/2 games of Texas for the wild-card lead while the Mariners remained two games back. "This is something we really needed," New York manager Buck Showalter said.
July 18, 1996 |
Despite all the New York Yankees had done to take a lead, closer John Wetteland couldn't hold it. The Boston Red Sox wasted a seven-run lead last night, then recovered and stopped Wetteland's major league consecutive-saves streak, beating the visiting Yankees, 12-11. Jeff Frye's ninth-inning single boosted the Red Sox. "Losses like this don't go away," Wetteland said. "But it is another hump in the roller coaster. My stuff was good. I missed with my location. " Boston led, 9-2, in the seventh, but New York rallied to take an 11-9 lead in the ninth.
April 18, 1997 |
The New York Yankees got burned again by a bad bullpen. They lost their fifth straight game, 5-4, yesterday to the host Milwaukee Brewers when reliever David Weathers walked John Jaha with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, trying to become the majors' first four-game winner, left with a 4-3 lead after seven innings. But the Brewers rallied against the Yankees' beleaguered bullpen, tying it in the eighth with a run off Brian Boehringer and winning in the ninth with the help of an error by reliever Graeme Lloyd and Weathers's walk.
June 24, 1996 |
It would be nice for the New York Yankees to say they have the best record against the team with the best record in baseball. After New York got through with Cleveland this weekend, however, the Indians no longer own that honor. New York completed its first four-game sweep in Cleveland since 1964, and Dwight Gooden won his fourth straight start yesterday in a 6-5 victory over the Indians. Gooden (7-4) has won seven of his last eight starts. Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who improved to 9-3 against the defending AL champions this season.
June 19, 1998 |
Aaron Sele became the American League's first 10-game winner yesterday - barely. Sele issued a career-high seven walks and hit a batter, but the Rangers beat visiting Oakland, 3-2, thanks to plenty of help from Athletics starter Tom Candiotti. Candiotti's wildness and the A's inability to hit in the clutch helped Texas halt its three-game losing streak on an afternoon when the temperature reached 99 degrees. "It was a little toasty out there," Sele said. "It was hard on everybody.
October 13, 1998 |
New York Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry will have to watch Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between his team and Cleveland from his New York hospital room tonight as he recovers from colon cancer surgery. "His spirits are good, he's gaining strength, he has no fever, and his blood counts are normal," a statement from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center said yesterday. "He is not yet able to eat normally and therefore will remain in the hospital for several more days.
September 15, 1995 |
Andy Pettitte shows none of the characteristics of a rookie pitcher in the middle of a playoff race. For one thing, he doesn't look nervous on the mound. Secondly, the lefthander is throwing the ball so well that it seems as if he's been around for years. Pettitte won his fourth straight start last night as the visiting New York Yankees moved into a first-place tie in the AL wild-card race by beating the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4. Bernie Williams homered for the Yankees, whose eighth win in 10 games put them even with idle Seattle in the chase for a playoff spot.