Aaron Boone’s New York Yankees still don’t believe in anyone and you can’t see when they fall; won for the 13th time in 14 games, posting a narrow 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. It was also the 13th victory in a row in said property, breaking the 1973 mark.
With the win, the Yankees they are only the sixth team (in 75 years) since baseball was integrated in 1947 to win 46 of its first 62 games. They join the 2001 Seattle Mariners (49-13), the 1998 Yankees (47-15), the 1984 Detroit Tigers (46-16), the 1955 LA Dodgers (46-16) and the Los Angeles Yankees. 1953 (46-16), each of those teams except Seattle won the World Series:
This is also the fifth different Yankees team in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to win 46 of 62 games in any span, joining the 2009, ’98, ’77 and ’61 teams. Each of those clubs also raised a championship flag.
The game featured a 16-minute delay in the top of the eighth inning when umpires debated the Yankees’ ability to throw out right-hander Miguel Castro immediately after pitching coach Matt Blake visited the mound, trying to determine if pinch hitter Ji-Man Choi had been officially announced.
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Ultimately, the Yankees were allowed to bring in lefty Lucas Luetge, who gave up run-scoring hits to Choi and René Pinto before the inning ended and still posted his fifth Hold of the year, third-best on the team.