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Yanks to honor A-Rod’s 3,000th hit Sept. 13

The Yankees will stage a special pregame ceremony celebrating Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th career hit prior to their 1:05 p.m. game Sunday, Sept. 13, against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Gates will open two hours before the first pitch at 11 a.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early and be in their seats by 12:30 p.m.

Rodriguez became the 29th player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau with a first-inning solo home run June 19 off the Tigers’ Justin Verlander. He is the third player hit a home run as his 3,000th career hit, along with Wade Boggs in 1999 and Derek Jeter in 2011.

A-Rod also joined Jeter as the only players in franchise history to reach 3,000 hits while playing for the Yankees and the only ones to reach the plateau at the Stadium, original or current. With the hit, Rodriguez became one of only three players to collect at least 3,000 career hits and 600 home runs. The others are Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

School supplies drive part of HOPE Week

In conjunction with 2015 HOPE Week, the Yankees will conduct a back-to-school supplies drive at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 19, prior to their 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins.

Beginning at approximately 11 a.m., Yankees players, alongside students from an elementary school in New Jersey, will collect donations at a table outside the Gate 6 entrance at the corner of 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx.

Fans are asked to donate new or gently used school supplies, especially backpacks, binders, notebooks and markers, with all items to be given to students from a nearby Bronx elementary school.

Fans who make a donation will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes including Yankees tickets and autographed HOPE Week baseballs. The first 2,500 fans to donate will also receive a commemorative HOPE Week pin.

The seventh annual HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) will be held from Aug. 17-21. The initiative is a unique week-long community program that brings to light five remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities. Since its inception in 2009, the Yankees have recognized more than 30 different 501(c)3 organizations as part of HOPE Week.

Each day over the five-day stretch, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support, surprising honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. Outreach will often take place away from the Stadium to allow the Yankees to connect personally with individuals in settings that highlight their greatest successes.

This year’s event will mark the fourth year that all of the organization’s U.S.-based minor league affiliates will hold their own HOPE Weeks, allowing the initiative to reach five additional cities and touch more than two dozen additional individuals and groups.

HOPE Week is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. Fans can learn more about the initiative and nominate inspirational individuals for HOPE Week recognition by visiting the official website at hopeweek.com.

Fans contribute to Yankees’ pain

The Yankees are having a tough enough time these days without the fans making it harder for them. After suffering their second straight shutout loss Sunday to complete a three-game sweep by the surging Blue Jays, the Yankees watched their first-place hold in the American League East dwindle to 1 1/2 games to Toronto, which remains three games behind in the loss column.

Make no mistake, however. The race in the division has tightened up to a degree that the Yankees could not have expected 12 days ago when they had a seven-game lead and were eight games up on the Jays, then in third place. The additions of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and pitcher David Price before the non-waiver trade deadline last month were serious upgrades for Toronto, which the Yanks witnessed first hand during this lost weekend.

And in Sunday’s 2-0 setback they took their lumps literally as well as figuratively. In the first inning after Josh Donaldson hit a long home run to left field off Masahiro Tanaka, a fan threw the ball back onto the field and struck left fielder Brett Gardner on the right side of his head.

“Not at all,” Gardner said when asked if he was upset. “Don’t care. I was just lucky the guy who threw it wasn’t as close as the second row.”

This tradition of tossing back onto the field opponents’ home runs began at Chicago’s Wrigley Field in the 1980s and has been part of the Yankee Stadium experience as well for some time. I must admit that it never made any sense to me. If I were to catch a home run ball in the stands, I would not throw it back onto the field. I would keep it and bring it home to my kids. Why honor a tradition that began with a franchise that has not won a World Series for more than 100 years?

Gardner was kind not to make a big deal out of it. In fact, he even said the fans were correct in getting on him because neither he nor teammate Jacoby Ellsbury did very much at the top of the order in this series. They were a combined 2-for-23 (both hits were singles by Gardner) with two walks and no runs scored in the series.

Less accepting of fans’ behavior was first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was still annoyed after the game that a fan in the box seats interfered with him as he tried to catch a foul ball by Blue Jays designated hitter Chris Colabello in the ninth inning. Colabello eventually struck out, but Tex was still sore about the situation.

“Tell the fans they can insult but not assault,” he said. “I know we just lost three games, and we’re sorry about that. But, please, no assaults, just insults.”

It was that kind of series for the Yankees, who scored only one run in the three games, none in the last two and are in a scoreless streak that has reached 26 innings, their longest in 24 years. The last time the Yankees went this long without scoring was back in the Stump Merrill days of May 15-18, 1991, a stretch of 32 blank innings.

The Yankees were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since May 12-13, 1999 against the Angels and had played 2,665 games between the consecutive shutout streaks, the longest stretch of not being shut out in back-to–back games in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Yankees began the homestand last Tuesday night with a 13-3 victory over the Red Sox. They scored only four runs in their next 45 innings.

“Just a bump in the road,” Teixeira said.

It was actually more like an enormous pothole. The Yankees wasted several strong pitching performances, including Tanaka’s six-inning stint Sunday in which he allowed three hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Unfortunately, two of the hits were home runs. Joining Donaldson was Jose Bautista with a solo blast in the fourth. The Jays out-homered the Yanks in the series, 6-1.

“It is never a good thing to get swept at home by the team that is chasing you,” Gardner said. “We’ll try to have a short-term memory, regroup on the off-day [Monday] and get back to our game in Cleveland. There are still another six or seven weeks left in the season.”

The Yankees found out over the weekend the rest of the season will be more challenging than they may have realized not that long ago.

Yanks partner with CLEAR for expedited access

The Yankees announced plans Wednesday for security enhancements and expedited-access entry points at Yankee Stadium through a partnership with CLEAR – the secure biometric identity platform sanctioned by Major League Baseball and serving 12 airports in the United States, including Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), Miami (MIA), San Francisco (SFO) and New York’s Westchester County (HPN).

Beginning Friday, ticketholders for the Yankees, NYCFC and other events held at the Stadium who are registered by CLEAR will be able to utilize Fast Access entryways, which will allow expedited entry to the building.

Fans may register for the service with a CLEAR representative at a tent located outside of the Stadium’s Gate 4 on Yankees and NYCFC game days. Registration is free. Activation of the service for those who are approved by CLEAR is immediate. Fast Access-approved entry lanes will be located at Gate 2 (Jerome Avenue and E. 164th Street) for all ticketholders and the Suite Entrance (next to Gate 4 on E. 161st Street) for suite ticketholders. Current CLEAR members will be able to use Fast Access lines immediately.

“Ensuring the safety of our guests is our top priority at every event held at Yankee Stadium,” Yankees chief operating officer and general counsel Lonn Trost said. “At the same time, we are continually looking to improve upon every aspect of the fan experience. Our partnership with CLEAR has the dual benefit of allowing us to augment our standard of security while providing better game day service to our guests.”

“CLEAR calls New York home, making us especially thrilled to partner with the New York Yankees to provide fans with a winning experience,” CLEAR chief executive officer Caryn Seidman-Becker said. “CLEAR uses innovative technology to delight our users, whether they are watching their beloved Yankees or traveling through one of our nation’s busiest airports. Everything we do has a common goal – to provide a frictionless customer experience.”

CLEAR has announced partnerships this season at two other MLB facilities – the Giants’ AT&T Park in San Francisco and the Rockies’ Coors Field in Denver.

Fans should continue to note that all bags brought into the Stadium – including by CLEAR registrants – will require screening by security personnel. Only MLB-compliant bags (soft-sided, measuring 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches or smaller) will be permitted inside the Stadium.

In 2012, Yankee Stadium became the first sports venue in the United States to be covered with a federal SAFETY-Act designation and certification from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Top Harlem RBI donors to get Stadium dream

The non-profit Harlem RBI and the Yankees have invited 25 of Harlem RBI’s most generous donors to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at 8 a.m. Thursday to play a game at Yankee Stadium. Through this unique fundraiser and with commissioner Rob Manfred on hand to support, Harlem RBI hopes to raise $500,000 to help build a new “Field of Dreams” in the South Bronx, similar to the organization’s field in East Harlem.

Harlem RBI is a 24-year old non-profit serving the communities of East Harlem and the South Bronx with comprehensive sports and academic enrichment programming, now serving more than 1,700 boys and girls each year. The organization uses baseball and softball as a hook to recruit, engage and retain youth and achieve positive outcomes like high school and college graduation.

Richard Berlin, executive director of Harlem RBI, said, “We’re incredibly thankful to the New York Yankees, specifically Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Harlem RBI board member Mark Teixeira, for presenting this rare opportunity to bring together some of Harlem RBI’s most loyal supporters to the world famous Yankee Stadium. While it’s a tremendous treat for us to be on the field, we’re even more excited to be a step closer to building our own Field of Dreams in the South Bronx through the funds raised at this game. Our boys and girls deserve a beautiful ball field to play, learn and grow on and we can’t wait to make that dream a reality for them.”

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Harlem RBI for such an important initiative,” Swindal said. “This is a special day for the Yankees and our community and we look forward to celebrating the many achievements that will be reached on this Field of Dreams in the Bronx for years to come.”

“I am so happy to share the field at Yankee Stadium today with these amazing supporters who are playing to build a field for Harlem RBI’s South Bronx site,” Teixeira said. “This will mean so much to our kids. As a Harlem RBI board member, I want to thank each and every one of the players for their generosity and I wish them luck on hitting one out of the park!”

Players will play alongside several Yankees alumni including Homer Bush, Bucky Dent, Cecil Fielder, Jim Leyritz, Mickey Rivers and Roy White. Stadium public address announcer Paul Olden will call the game live from the field.

Following the game, a short brunch reception will take place with opening remarks from Swindal and Manfred.

HOPE Week t-shirts available for the first time

For the first time a limited quantity of HOPE Week t-shirts will be available for fans to purchase, with 100 percent of the net proceeds on each shirt going directly to the Yankees Foundation. The foundation, which underwrites the HOPE Week initiative, continues to support both current and former HOPE Week honorees.

Those interested in purchasing a HOPE Week t-shirt may do so at either of two team store locations inside Yankee Stadium – behind the plate or adjacent to Gate 6 – for $25 each. A limited supply of the shirts will go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 4, with a full launch of the shirts taking place at the start of HOPE Week Monday, Aug. 17.

The seventh annual HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) will be held from Aug. 17-21. The initiative is a unique week-long community program that brings to light five remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities. Since its inception in 2009, the Yankees have recognized more than 30 different 501(c)3 organizations as part of HOPE Week.

Each day over the five-day stretch, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support, surprising honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. Outreach will often take place away from the Stadium, allowing the Yankees to connect personally with individuals in settings that highlight their greatest successes.

The 2015 event will mark the fourth year that all of the organization’s U.S.-based minor league affiliates will hold their own HOPE Weeks, which will allow the initiative to reach five additional cities and touch more than two dozen additional individuals and groups.

HOPE Week is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. Fans can learn more about the initiative and nominate inspirational individuals for HOPE Week recognition by visiting the official website at hopeweek.com.

Stadium just how Cano remembered it

Think Robinson Cano misses Yankee Stadium? You bet he does. Oh, sure, he found 240 million reasons to leave the Yankees as a free agent after the 2013 season and sign a 10-year contract with Seattle where he has found Safeco Field to be no match for hitter friendliness as the right field porch at the Stadium.

Cano was back aiming at that porch Saturday and hit pay dirt twice with a couple of two-run home runs that accounted for all the Mariners’ runs in their 4-3 victory. Both blows were off Michael Pineda (9-6), who took the loss despite six serviceable innings.

For the second straight game, all of Seattle’s runs were the result of two home runs by one player. Friday night it was Kyle Seager in a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Saturday, it was Cano, who has not been the same power hitter with the Mariners that he was with the Yankees.

In nine seasons with the Yankees, Cano averaged 23 home runs a year. In his second season with the Mariners, Cano has hit 22 home runs total in 949 at-bats, the equivalent of almost two full seasons. The change in venue has been part of it. Including his game Saturday, Cano is a .312 career hitter at Yankee Stadium with 81 home runs, 293 RBI and an OPS above .900 in 1,544 at-bats. At Safeco Field, he has batted for a decent average (.298) but has only 16 home runs and 75 RBI in 608 career at-bats.

Cano has dealt with some health problems this year, especially a chronic case of acid reflux that has sapped some of his strength and presented nutritional issues. But there have been signs lately that he is turning his season around, which has coincided with Edgar Martinez, the Mariners’ former two-time batting champion, joining the club as its hitting coach.

Cano is batting .333 (20-for-60) this month with 10 runs, four doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games. In 25 games since June 17, he has hit .290 with 14 runs, seven doubles, six home runs and 15 RBI in 100 at-bats after batting .236 with 25 runs, 16 doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI in his first 63 games and 254 at-bats. Cano has six home runs over his past 21 games after hitting only two over his first 67 games of the year.

He definitely hurt the Yankees, who got a two-run home run from Brian McCann in the fourth inning off Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1) that tied the score. Two innings later, Cano victimized Pineda again.

The Yankees threatened in the ninth inning against righthander Carson Smith, who has replaced Fernando Rodney as Seattle’s closer, but came up a run short. Mark Teixeira, who led off the inning with a double to center, scored on an infield out by Garrett Jones. Chris Young, pinch running for Chase Headley who had reached first base on a third-strike wild pitch, was at second base with two out, but Didi Gregorius grounded out.

That left the Yankees 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the game. The Mariners were not any better (0-for-3). It is a rare game in which both sides fail in the clutch. This turned out to be a game of home runs, and for a change with his new club Robinson Cano had the higher total

Road work to tie up area around Stadium

Those traveling to Yankee Stadium by car should take heed of an advisory from the New York State Department of Transportation.

The three northbound travel lanes on the Major Deegan Expressway will be reduced to two travel lanes starting after Exit 3 (East 138th Street/Grand Concourse) to beyond Exit 5 (161st Street/Macombs Dam Bridge) and the Macombs Dam Bridge.

This new configuration began after the evening rush hour Thursday and will last for approximately two years. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate routes.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license. It is imperative that motorists drive carefully through this construction zone, for their own safety and the safety of workers.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511 or visit http://www.511NY.org.

Military Appreciation Day during homestand

The Yankees returned home Friday night following the All-Star break for the first of six games at Yankee Stadium. The stretch of games begins with a three-game series against the Mariners featuring former Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons followed by a three-game set against the American League East rival Orioles Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon.

The Yankees will pay tribute to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the United States Armed Forces by hosting Military Appreciation Day Saturday. Ceremonies will begin approximately at noon, prior to the scheduled 1:05 p.m. game against Seattle. As part of the festivities, the Gold Team of the United States Army Golden Knights will parachute into the Stadium.

Following the jump, Maddeline and Mitchell Voas, the family of fallen Air Force Special Operations Pilot Major Randell Voas, will be recognized in a special ceremony. Also taking part in the day’s ceremonies will be United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Matt Caruso – who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch; country music recording artist and former Army Ranger, Keni Thomas – who will sing the national anthem; and current member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., Technical Sergeant Aaron Paige – who will sing God Bless America.

2000 World Series Champions Fan Ring Day will take place Sunday. The first 18,000 people in attendance 14 and younger will receive a fan ring, courtesy of Betteridge Jewelers.

Ticket specials will run Saturday (Youth Game), Sunday (Youth Game), Tuesday night (Military Personnel Game), Wednesday night (Military Personnel and Student Game) and Thursday (MasterCard Half-Price, Military Personnel, Senior Citizen, and Youth Game).

For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/ticketspecials. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.

The homestand will also feature the following promotional item and date:

Saturday, July 18 – Yankees vs. Mariners, 1:05 p.m.
* Collectible Truck Day, presented by W.B. Mason, to the first 18,000 in attendance, 14 and younger.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.yankees.com, http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com, at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster phone at (877) 469-9849, Ticketmaster TTY at (800) 943-4327 and at all Ticket Offices located within Yankees Clubhouse Shops. Tickets may also be purchased on Yankees Ticket Exchange at http://www.yankees.com/yte, the only official online resale marketplace for Yankees fans to purchase and resell tickets to Yankees games. Fans with questions may call (212) YANKEES [926-5337] or email tickets@yankees.com.

For information on parking and public transportation options to the Stadium, please visit http://www.yankees.com and click on the Yankee Stadium tab at the top of the page.

Yankees, A-Rod settle dispute & get 3,000th-hit ball

The Yankees and Alex Rodriguez had a good day Friday on the eve of the Fourth of July. They amicably resolved their potential dispute regarding the designated hitter’s entitlement to bonus monies under the provision of his player contract covering historical statistical accomplishments.

As part of the resolution jointly announced Friday by Major League Baseball and the Major League Players Association, Rodriguez and the Yankees have agreed that $3.5 million in charity contributions will be made by the club, with $1 million going to the following charities that have long enjoyed the support of one or both: the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa, Fla., and Pitch In For Baseball; and $2.5 million going to the MLB Urban Youth Foundation, which will use the money to further programs and initiatives aimed at increasing youth participation in baseball, particularly in cities.

Commissioner Rob Manfred will determine the initiatives to be supported by the $2.5 million contribution after consulting with Rodriguez and taking into consideration the focus of his past charitable contributions.

In addition, Zack Hample, the fan who retrieved Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit June 19, presented the ball to A-Rod at a press conference before Friday night’s game. The Yankees also donated $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity which Hample has supported since 2009 that is dedicated to maximizing the ability to play baseball in under-served communities.

Founded in 2005, Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) collects and redistributes new and gently-used baseball and softball equipment to communities in need across the globe. To date, PIFB has distributed equipment and uniforms to more than 80 countries worldwide and more than 450 communities around the United States, which has impacted more than 500,000 children in need. Based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, PIFB is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. To learn more about Pitch In For Baseball, visit http://www.pifb.org.

With a solo home run in the first inning of the Yankees-Tigers game at Yankee Stadium Friday, June 19, Rodriguez became the 29th player all-time to reach the 3,000 hits plateau. He was the second player to record his 3,000th career hit with the Yankees, joining Derek Jeter, who did it July 9, 2011 against the Rays. They are the only individuals to have reached the plateau at the Stadium – original or current.

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