Friday at Fenway a day of record for Yanks
The 100th anniversary of Fenway Park was a "day of record" for the New York Yankees, and not just because of their 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
For the team as a whole, the uniforms may have been the same as in the first game at Fenway Park, but the result Friday was a much better one than that of April 20, 1912 for the Highlanders-turned-Yankees, who dropped a 7-6 decision to the Red Sox that day.
Individually, however, a handful of Yankees had days that could make their own news story.
Nick Swisher started the fun with his home run leading off the second inning, a blast which gave him 14 RBI on the season – tying him (at least temporarily) with Tampa Bay’s Luke Scott for the most in the American League.
Later in the frame, Derek Jeter recorded his only hit of the day, an infield single, that gave him 3,111 for his career and moved him past former Yankees slugger Dave Winfield into sole possession of 18th place on the all-time hits list.
After The Captain tied Winfield at 3,110 on Thursday, the Hall of Famer released a statement saying that “I have only admiration and respect for Derek. I hope he pauses for just a moment to admire the view with me, and then keeps on going. This is just one more achievement in an incredible career.”
That "pause" was less than 24 hours, and it also took less than 24 hours for another multi-home run game from a Yankee. That came courtesy of Eric Chavez, who, one night after Curtis Granderson socked three round-trippers, himself went deep in both the second and fourth innings. Chavez, who hit just two home runs total in 2011, equaled that mark in one day in recording the 16th multi-homer game of his career and his first since April 11, 2006, when he played for Oakland.
The home run parade continued in the fifth, with Alex Rodriguez blasting a solo shot over the Green Monster. A-Rod’s second of the season was No. 631 for his career, breaking a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey, Jr. and vaulting Alex into fifth place on the all-time list.
Finally, when Russell Martin joined the home run parade in the sixth inning, it marked a pair of ignominious “records” for Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Martin’s homer was the fifth allowed by Buchholz on the day, tying the career high he set in a September 2009 outing against Toronto. The catcher’s blast was also the third of his career off Buchholz, which is the most allowed to any one batter by the Boston righty.
All in all, the five round-trippers clubbed by the Yankees would certainly have impressed the 1912 Highlanders – they hit 18 total home runs in 152 games that season, and the team leader, Guy Zinn, had just six.
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