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This Day in Yankees History: Mariano Rivera collects his 300th career save

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On this day in 2004, the Hall of Fame closer recorded his 300th save.

Yankees v Devil Rays

With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to revive the program in a slightly different format. These daily posts will highlight a few key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

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This Day in Yankees History (May 28)

16 years ago

Mariano Rivera records his 300th career save as the Yankees defeat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays by a score of 7-5. Mo becomes the first Yankee, and 17th reliever in major-league history, to reach such a milestone.

Seven years ago

In the final season of his legendary career, the Mets honor Mariano Rivera by having him throw out the first pitch before Game Two of 2013 Subway Series. John Franco, the Mets’ great closer, was on the receiving end of Mo’s first pitch.

Three years ago

Aaron Judge blasts his first career grand slam, which gave the Yankees the lead. The blast also moved Judge into the major league lead for home runs with 16 on the season. His grand slam proved to be meaningful as the Yankees went on to beat the Oakland A’s, 9-5.

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Birthdays

Happy birthday to Bob Kuzava!

Kuzava pitched four seasons with the Yankees. During that time, he went 23-20, while throwing 347.1 innings with a 3.39 ERA. He won three rings from 1951-1953 as a member of the Bombers.

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We thank Baseball-Reference, Nationalpastime.com, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.