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All-Star balloting begins

Heading into the nine-game homestand that began Friday night with the opener of a three-game series against the Angels, Ichiro Suzuki was the Yankees’ leading hitter with a .371 batting average and Yangervis Solarte was tied with Carlos Beltran for the club lead in RBI with 13. If Yankees fans want Ichiro or Solarte to play in the All-Star Game in July, they are going to have to write their names in on the ballots that became available at major league ballparks Friday night.

Suzuki and Solarte were the odd men out of Yankees players on the American League ballot. Solarte, a rookie, is no surprise. Ballots are made up before the season starts, so rookies who get off to the sort of start Solarte has get short shrift. Solarte has played third base mostly. Representing the Yankees at that position is Solarte’s platoon partner, veteran Kelly Johnson. The other Yankees infielders on the ballot are Mark Teixeira at first base, Brian Roberts at second and Derek Jeter at shortstop.

Ichiro, a 10-time All-Star who was the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, lost his regular right field job to Beltran and is doing a splendid job off the bench. Suzuki last made the AL All-Star team in 2010. The other Yankees outfielders on the ballot with Beltran are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner.

Alsonso Soriano, who has played left field and right field, is listed on the ballot with the designated hitters. The catcher is Brian McCann, another former All-Star Game MVP (2010 at Angel Stadium) for the National League with the Braves.

This year’s All-Star Game will be July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Also Friday night, former Yankees player Ron Blomberg, Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter, took part in a special meet-and-greet session in the SAP Suite Lounge prior to the Yankees.

On Wednesday, April 30, the Yankees will launch the 2014 “Best Selling Author Series” in the SAP Suite Lounge. International best-selling author Harlan Coben will be present to interact with fans. With more than 60 million books in print worldwide, Coben’s novels have collectively reached No. 1 on the “bestsellers list” in more than a dozen countries. The Newark, N.J., native will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to that night’s game against the Mariners, whose arrival in town next week will mark the return to the Stadium of Robinson Cano.

The Yankees will partner with MELA Sciences to host a free skin cancer screening for all ticketed guests Sunday, May 4, prior to that day’s game against the Rays. The screenings, which cover exclusively the arms and face, will take place on the Main Level behind the plate (Sections 217-223) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and take less than a minute to complete.

The homestand will also feature the following promotional items and dates:

Friday, April 25 – Yankees vs. Angels, 7:05 p.m.

Herbs Seed Packet Night, presented by Keep America Beautiful, to first 18,000 guests in attendance.

Friday, May 2 – Yankees vs. Rays, 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Ear Buds Night, presented by The Dannon Company, Inc., to first 18,000 guests in attendance.

Saturday, May 3 – Yankees vs. Rays, 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Cap Day, presented by Hess, to all guests in attendance.

For information on parking and public transportation options to Yankee Stadium, please visit yankees.com.

Yankees’ memorable games at Fenway Park

Friday marked the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, so it was appropriate that the Yankees were the visitors as they were a century go in the last season in which they were known as the Highlanders. The Yankees’ public relations staff with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau put together the following list of memorable games at Fenway in the American League’s most heated rivalry. Which is your favorite? It is pretty tough to top that 1978 playoff game. On the downside, those losses in Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 AL Championship Series were the Yanks’ worst moments.

January 3, 1920: The Yankees purchase the contract of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan against the mortgage on Fenway Park.
September 28, 1923: The Yankees get 30 hits in a 24-4 victory. The hit total remains the most in a nine-inning game in Yankees franchise history. The run total marks the second highest by the club in a road game and the Yanks’ most at Fenway.
September 8, 1925: Babe Ruth hits his 300th career home run, off Buster Ross in a 7-4 Yankees victory.
June 23, 1927: In an 11-4 Yankees victory, Lou Gehrig becomes the first player in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game against the Red Sox. The feat was matched by Mark Teixeira May 8, 2010 at Fenway.
September 5, 1927: The Yankees lose, 12-11, in 18 innings in the second longest road game in franchise history (in terms of innings played). It was the first game of a doubleheader. The Yanks score two runs in the top of the ninth to send it to extra innings. Both teams score three runs in the 17th. Red Sox starter Red Ruffing pitches 15 innings.
September 24, 1929: On Babe Ruth Day, the Yankees win, 5-3. Ruth has 2-for-3 with a double.
July 3, 1932: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 13-2, in the first Sunday game at Fenway. Due to the park’s proximity to a church, the Red Sox had played Sunday games at nearby Braves Field until the law was changed.
June 6, 1934: Myril Hoag becomes the first Yankees player to go 6-for-6 in a 15-3 victory in the opener of a doubleheader. The feat was matched by Johnny Damon June 7, 2008 against the Royals.
September 22, 1935: The Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Red Sox, 6-4 and 9-0, in front of 47,267 fans – the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game at Fenway Park.
April 20, 1939: The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 2-0, on Opening Day. Red Ruffing throws a complete game shutout, allowing seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Bill Dickey hits a solo home run. An ailing Lou Gehrig goes 0-for-4 in his final Fenway appearance. Ted Williams has 1-for-4 in his major league debut in the only game to feature both players.
July 9, 1946: In the All-Star Game, Yankees right fielder Charlie Keller hits a two-run home run in the first inning of the American League’s 12-0 victory.
April 18, 1950: On Opening Day, the Yankees overcome a 9-0 deficit to win, 15-10. They score 11 runs (without any home runs) over the final two innings.
April 14, 1955: Elston Howard becomes the first black player in Yankees history, making his major-league debut in an 8-4 loss. Ellie has an RBI single in his only plate appearance.
September 21, 1956: In a 13-7 Yankees loss, Mickey Mantle hits what is considered the longest known homer to straightaway center field in Fenway Park history. The second-inning blow off Frank Sullivan carries approximately 480 feet before striking one foot below the top brick barrier located behind Section 36.
July 21, 1961: The Yankees score five runs in the top of the ninth for an 11-8 victory. Johnny Blanchard’s pinch-hit grand slam off Mike Fornieles seals the game.
September 11, 1966: Johnny Miller makes his major league debut, homering in his first plate appearance in the second inning off Lee Stange. Bobby Richardson’s two-run homer in the 10th gives the Yankees the 4-2 victory.
April 6, 1973: The Yankees’ Ron Blomberg becomes the major league’s first designated hitter, batting in the top of the first inning. He walks with the bases loaded off Luis Tiant and finishes the day 1-for-3 with 1RBI in a 15-5 loss.
October 2, 1978: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 5-4, in only the second one-game playoff in AL history. Trailing by 14 games in mid-July, Bucky Dent caps the Yankees’ comeback with a three-run, seventh-inning home run.
June 19, 2000: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 22-1. Five different Yankees homer in the game, including Jorge Posada, who also scored four runs. The Yankees score 16 runs over the final two innings, including seven in the ninth off Tim Wakefield.
September 2, 2001: Mike Mussina comes within one out of a perfect game before Carl Everett singles with two outs in the ninth.
October 16-18, 2004: The Yankees win Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, 19-8, to go up three games to none. Boston wins the next two nights at Fenway Park with consecutive extra-inning, walk-off victories and goes on to become the first baseball team to overcome a 0-3 deficit in a best-of-7 series.
August 18, 2006: The Yankees and Red Sox play their signature marathon game with the Yanks winning, 14-11, in 4 hours, 45 minutes in the second game of a doubleheader. It marks the longest nine-inning game in baseball history in terms of time.
April 22, 2007: In a 7-6 loss, Yankees starter Chase Wright yields four consecutive home runs in the third inning (to Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek). The lefthander becomes only the second pitcher in major league history to allow four consecutive home runs in an inning, joining Paul Foytak, who did so July 1, 1963 for the Angels against the Indians.
September 28, 2009: On the final day of the season – and what turns out to be his final career outing – the Yankees’ Mike Mussina becomes a 20-game winner for the only time in his 18-season career, in a 6-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader.