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April 30, 2011

Yankees End April With Doubleheader Split

by @ 11:43 pm. Filed under 1961 Yankees

The Yankees split their two game set with the Senators on the final day of April to finish the month 9-5.  Not anything to write home about for a team that won 109 games but they had a three game losing streak in there.  They did finish strong with four wins in their last five games and they sat just a game behind the first place Tigers.

April was a slow month for Roger Maris.  He hit just one home run in those 14 games and that wasn’t until April 26.  He finished the month hitting just .204 and a .614 OPS.  Mantle on the other hand, came out of the gate like gangbusters.  In the fourth game for the Yankees, he hit a pair of home runs and drove in five and then he has his second multi-homer game on April 26.  He finished the month with seven home runs and a 1.208 OPS.

Even Whitey Ford got off to a rocky start.  He lost his first start with a rough outing against the Twins, then pitched back to back complete games.  Then on April 26, he was shelled for ten runs (six earned) in a game that saw the hitting pick him up in a 13-11 win over the Tigers.  He finished strong though with a solid start against the Senators.  Overall, he finished 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA.

Man it would have been great to have had Yankees tickets back then.  To see a team like this with such history behind it would have been very cool.

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