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This Day in Yankees History: Yankees beat Twins in memorable game

On this day last year, the Yankees and Twins battled in one of the best games of 2019.

New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The start of the 2020 season is finally underway! The Pinstripe Alley team is going to continue to keep these daily posts that 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 (July 23)

63 years ago

Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle and adds a stolen base, against Chicago’s Bob Keegan as the Yankees win, 10-6. It was the 12th cycle in franchise history.

Eight years ago

To the surprise of many, the Mariners send outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees in return for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. Ichiro’s first game with the Bombers was actually against the Mariners in Seattle. He received a standing ovation and singled up the middle.

One year ago

The Yankees defeat the Twins, 14-12 in 10 innings in a game that features five lead changes and New York coming back from six runs down at one point. Didi Gregorius had five hits and seven RBI, and Aaron Hicks ends it with a great diving catch in centerfield, robbing Max Kepler with the bases loaded. Both Taylor Rogers and Aroldis Chapman blow save opportunities in the 9th to force extra innings. It was one of, if not the greatest game of the 2019 season.

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Birthdays

Happy birthday to Lew Brockett and Ray Scarborough!

Brockett pitched three seasons in the majors, all with the Yankees. In nearly 300 innings, he recorded a 3.43 ERA and 108 strikeouts.

Scarborough pitched 10 years in the big leagues, two of which were in pinstripes. In 88.2 innings he went 7-3 with a 3.15 ERA out of the bullpen.

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