Stiff competition in post-break homestand

Vacation time is over for the Yankees, who returned home Friday night after the All-Star break to open a 10-game homestand beginning with a three-game series against the rival Red Sox. It will not get any easier for the Yankees as two division leaders, the Orioles (American League East) and the Giants (National League West) come into Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees will pay tribute to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the United States Armed Forces with Military Appreciation Day Saturday, July 23. Ceremonies will begin approximately at 3 p.m., prior to the scheduled 4:05 game against the Giants. As part of the festivities, the Gold Team of the United States Army Golden Knights will parachute into the Stadium.

Following the jump, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and a Gold Star family will be recognized in a special ceremony at the plate and a group of future soldiers will be sworn in on-field. Also taking part in the day’s ceremonies will be U.S. Army Special Operations Command Lieutenant General Kenny Tovo, 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 U.S. Navy Petty Officer Yarrick Connor, who will sing God Bless America.

The Hard Rock Cafe presents Little Steven’s Underground Garage Concert Series, powered by JBL will continue in the Pepsi Food Court on the third-base side of the Field Level Friday, July 15, with Jeremy and the Harlequins, and Friday, July 22, with Soraia. The performances will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Admission to the pregame concert is included with a valid game ticket for that date. Future acts are currently scheduled to perform throughout the summer. More information on the series can be found at http://www.yankees.com/bands.

Ticket specials will run Monday, July 18 (Military Personnel Game); Tuesday, July 19 (Military Personnel Game); Wednesday, July 20 (Military Personnel and Student Game); Thursday, July 21 (MasterCard Half-Price, Military Personnel, Senior Citizen and Youth Game) and Saturday, July 23 (Military Personnel 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 items and dates:

Monday, July 18 – Yankees vs. Orioles, 7:05 p.m.

Cap Night, presented by Canon, to the first 18,000 in attendance.

Tuesday, July 19 – Yankees vs. Orioles, 7:05 p.m.

Collectible Cup Night, presented by Premio Foods, to the first 25,000 in attendance.

Wednesday, July 20 – Yankees vs. Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
Cap Night, presented by Cooper Tire, to the first 18,000 in attendance.

Friday, July 22 – Yankees vs. Giants, 7:05 p.m.

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell e-book Giveaway Night, presented by Hachette Book Group, to the first 10,000 in attendance.

Saturday, July 23 – Yankees vs. Giants, 4:05 p.m.

Camo Baseball Cap Day, presented by Budweiser, to the first 18,000 in attendance, 21 and older.

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. Fans with questions may call (212) YANKEES [926-5337] or email tickets@yankees.com.

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

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