June 26, 2001 |
Tino Martinez doesn't want to get used to a pinch-hitting role - although the New York Yankees are glad he felt comfortable doing it last night. Martinez hit the first pinch-hit homer of his career, a two-run shot in the seventh inning that lifted New York to an 8-7 victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians. "Hopefully I won't have too many pinch-hits, because I want to be in there every day," Martinez said. Martinez didn't start against lefty Chuck Finley, but was ready to save a game that had gotten away from the Yankees.
July 1, 1997 |
Ken Griffey Jr., showing once again he may be the most popular player in baseball, was elected to the AL all-star team for the eighth consecutive year and was the top vote-getter for the second straight season. The Seattle Mariners outfielder, who missed the last two all-star games because of injuries, got 3,514,340 votes in the final total released yesterday - nearly a million more than any other AL player. He also was the leading vote-getter last year and in 1994. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken, elected to play in his 15th All-Star game, was second with 2,571,985.
April 24, 1999 |
In his return to Yankee Stadium, David Wells was less than perfect. Traded to Toronto in spring training in the deal that sent Roger Clemens to New York, Wells was locked in a tie game when he walked Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams to open the seventh inning. It wound up costing him the game as the Yankees ended the Blue Jays' eight-game winning streak, 6-4. With the score 1-1 and runners going, Chili Davis hit a double off the rightfield wall, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
July 11, 1999 |
Boston's Nomar Garciaparra missed his eighth straight start yesterday because of a groin injury but said he would be ready to play in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Fenway Park. "I'll probably be in there starting, probably play an inning or two," Garciaparra said before the Red Sox met the Atlanta Braves. Garciaparra, third in the American League in hitting at .366, overtook New York's Derek Jeter in the final week of voting for the AL's starting shortstop spot. Garciaparra has 14 homers and 57 RBIs and a 17-game hitting streak.
May 2, 1996 |
They sure go to great lengths to play baseball at Camden Yards. One night after the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees played the longest nine-inning baseball game ever, the teams paired again for another lengthy evening. Tino Martinez hit a grand slam in the 15th inning as the visiting Yankees completed a two-game sweep of the Orioles with an 11-6 victory last night. The game lasted 5 hours, 34 minutes. One night earlier, the teams played for 4:21. "It seemed like two days and 17 hours," Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro said of Tuesday night's 13-10 Yankees win, which eclipsed the record of 4:18 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants on Oct. 2, 1962.
June 26, 1999 |
It was just another crazy game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, with the usual result. Shane Spencer hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning as the visiting Yankees won another slugfest against the Orioles, pounding out 16 hits in a 9-8 victory last night. New York has won three of four from Baltimore this year, outscoring the Orioles, 36-27. This time, the Yankees blew a three-run lead before rallying to beat Baltimore for the 16th time in the last 21 meetings.
July 30, 2001 |
Nomar Garciaparra's second Opening Day was much better than his first. The Boston shortstop made his 2001 debut with the Red Sox yesterday, leading them to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox. He had hoped to play April 2 but underwent wrist surgery that day while his teammates started the season. "I definitely missed it," Garcia-parra said. "I love playing the game. It puts a smile on my face. " There were smiles throughout the sellout crowd of 33,375 at Fenway Park as he homered to tie the game, 2-2, in the sixth, then hit a two-run single in the seventh for the deciding runs.
May 28, 2002 |
Shawn Green hit his 10th home run in seven games to lead host Los Angeles to a 5-3 win over Milwaukee yesterday. "I'm really enjoying the ride right now," Green said. "But I've just got to concentrate on trying to tone it down a little bit so I don't get into bad habits. I've got to focus on hitting line drives and not think about home runs. Those will take care of itself. " Green hit his 13th homer of the season off reliever Jose Cabrera with one out in the seventh. Green, who homered twice last Tuesday, tied the major league record with four homers Thursday in Milwaukee.
September 18, 2002 |
Maybe Tim Salmon is snapping out of a slump at the right time. Salmon, who was hitting .162 for September, homered in the 10th inning as the visiting Anaheim Angels reclaimed sole possession of first place in the American League West with a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics last night. The teams entered the game tied for first. Mark Mulder matched his career high with 12 strikeouts for Oakland, allowing five hits over nine masterful innings. He was matched for eight innings by Jarrod Washburn, who yielded three hits in eight innings while pitching on 3 days' rest.
May 12, 2005 |
Tino Martinez is trying to replace Don Mattingly again - this time in the New York Yankees' record book. Martinez homered for the fifth straight game and New York rallied twice from big deficits to beat the visiting Seattle Mariners, 13-9, yesterday for their season-high fifth straight win. No Yankee has had a home run streak this long since Mattingly - now the club's hitting coach - tied the major league mark in 1987 with home runs in...