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2013 New York Yankees season

2013 New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte's Final Season
Mariano Rivera's Final Season
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  • New York City, New York (since 1903)
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    Owner(s) Yankee Global Enterprises
    General manager(s) Brian Cashman
    Manager(s) Joe Girardi
    Local television YES Network
    (Michael Kay, Ken Singleton, several others as analysts)
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    (John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman)
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    The 2013 New York Yankees season was the 113th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees began their season at home with an 8–2 loss against the Boston Red Sox on April 1.[1] Their interleague schedule included the Mets (away and home), Dodgers (away and home), at the Rockies and Padres while hosting the Diamondbacks and Giants.[2] The Yankees failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and only the second time in nineteen years.

    Pre-season acquisitions

    • On November 20, the Yankees re-signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year contract worth $15 million.[3]
    • On November 28, Yankees re-signed Andy Pettitte to a one-year contract worth $12 million.[4]
    • On November 30, Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera to a one-year contract worth $10 million.[5]
    • On December 14, the Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year contract worth $12 million.[6]
    • On December 19, the Yankees re-signed Ichiro Suzuki to a two-year contract worth $13 million.[7]
    • On February 1, the Yankees signed Travis Hafner to a one-year contract worth $2 million.[8]
    • On March 15, the Yankees signed Brennan Boesch to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.[9]
    • On March 26, the Yankees acquired Vernon Wells in a trade for two minor league players.[10][11]

    Regular season

    File:Mariano Rivera ovation at 2013 MLB All-Star Game.jpg
    Mariano Rivera received a standing ovation during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field during his retirement tour in his final Major League Baseball season. Rivera also received gifts from each team as he made his final appearance at each ballpark during the season.


    Following a sour four-game sweep in the 2012 American League Championship Series and the loss of Derek Jeter to a broken ankle, expectations entering the Yankees' 113th season were uncharacteristically low. With the Blue Jays and Red Sox each making key acquisitions in the offseason as Yankee GM Brian Cashman's adjusted his strategy toward salary reduction, the American League East Division's reputation as a perennial powerhouse had shifted sharply against the Yankees. On Opening Day, the Bombers hosted their long–time rivals, the Boston Red Sox, but lost 8–2. Their second game of the season was also a defeat to Boston, but veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte was able to prevent an early sweep by the Red Sox by pitching to a 4–2 victory. Mariano Rivera would also earn his first save in what would be a farewell tour of sorts for the future Hall of Fame closer.

    Much to the surprise of fans and pundits alike, the injury-plagued Yankees held a first place lead in the division by late April with a record of 16–10. Without the help of core players Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Mark Teixeira, all of whom had been assigned to extended DL stints, the Yankees remained competitive through shrewd acquisitions of journeyman and platoon roleplayers such as Travis Hafner, Brennan Boesch, Lyle Overbay, and former Boston Red Sox first-baseman Kevin Youkilis. Though Granderson and Teixeira would return to the Yankee lineup by early summer, both would return to the DL after each suffered further injury. By the end of May, the Yankees streak cooled following a four-game sweep by their crosstown rivals, the New York Mets.


    Despite entering the month of June with winning records for both April and May, the Yankees would finish the third month of the season with unimpressive offensive productivity and, thanks in large part to continued injury, a frustratingly inconsistent lineup. On June 8, Andy Pettitte won his 250th career win and Mariano Rivera continued his age-defying season by earning his 22nd save. Following a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees took three out of four games in Seattle and seemed capable of maintaining competitiveness until some of their core players returned. But by the end of an extended west coast trip, Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira's injuries were aggravated and both were lost for the remainder of the season. The Yankees lost three games against the Oakland Athletics, including an 18-inning game to complete the sweep. The end of June looked bleak for the Yankees, winning only one of three games against the Texas Rangers and getting swept by the Baltimore Orioles for the first time since 2005. The Yankees finished June with a record of 11 wins and 16 losses, the first time a Yankee club had finished a month with a losing record since September 2010, where they went 12–15.


    File:Alfonso Soriano - Yankees at Orioles 09 12 13 1.jpg
    Alfonso Soriano returned to the Yankees in July as a result of a trade with the Chicago Cubs.

    July showed some improvement after winning six straight games, their longest winning streak of the year. As was originally hoped at the beginning of the year, the return of much-needed reinforcements had started to look promising. Derek Jeter came back to the lineup for the first time since breaking his ankle in the 2012 ALCS, picking up a hit in his first at bat. Long-injured starting pitcher Michael Pineda also began playing in game situations in the minors, and third-baseman Alex Rodriguez had started at 20-game rehab assignment in Scranton. But Jeter's return was quickly marred by a quadriceps strain that would sideline the captain for several weeks after only one game.

    With the summer trade deadline quickly approaching, the lack of right handed power, and the return dates of Rodriguez, Jeter, and Granderson still uncertain, the Yankees acquired outfielder Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs in the hopes of increasing the team's dismal power numbers (Soriano had hit 8 home runs the month prior to moving to New York, which is one more home run than the entire Yankee team had hit during that span). Soriano, who started his career with the Yankees, received a warm ovation from the Yankee fans upon his return on July 26. The New York Post reported soon after that Brian Cashman had reservations about acquiring Soriano, but was overruled by Yankee management.

    Derek Jeter returned to the Yankee lineup for the second time on July 28 and hit a solo home run on the first pitch of his first at bat. Alfonso Soriano would hit a walk-off single to give the Yankees a 6–5 victory.


    On August 5, Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games (until the end of the 2014 MLB season) for his involvement with the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. He promptly appealed this suspension and was allowed to resume play for the rest of the season, but the suspension was upheld for the entire 2014 MLB regular season and postseason.[12]


    On September 25, 2013, the Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, which for the second time in the wild card era, eliminated them from making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.[13]


    2013 New York Yankees
    Pitchers Catchers



    Other batters



    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = position

    Pos Player
    C Chris Stewart
    1B Lyle Overbay
    2B Robinson Canó
    3B Alex Rodriguez
    SS Eduardo Núñez
    LF Curtis Granderson
    CF Brett Gardner
    RF Ichiro Suzuki
    DH Alfonso Soriano

    Pitching rotation

    # Spot in rotation Player
    #1 CC Sabathia
    #2 Hiroki Kuroda
    #3 Andy Pettitte
    #4 Phil Hughes
    #5 Iván Nova

    Season standings

    American League East

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    American League Wild Card

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    File:Travis Hafner on May 20, 2013.jpg
    Travis Hafner played a big role for the Yankees during the first half of 2013.
    • On April 12, the Yankees turned a 4–6–5–6–5–3–4 triple play in the 8th inning against the Baltimore Orioles.
    • On May 30, the Yankees were swept by their crosstown rival New York Mets for the first time in the season series between the teams after a 3–1 loss at home. The Mets sweep come a full decade after the 2003 team sweeps six game from the Mets.[14][15]
    • On July 1, pitcher Andy Pettitte recorded his 1,958th strikeout as a New York Yankee, becoming the franchise's all-time strikeout leader with a strikeout of the Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau, surpassing Whitey Ford.
    • On July 6, the Yankees set a season high six game win streak (winning their first six games in July) for their 2013 season. They accomplished this by winning 5–4 at Yankee Stadium over the Baltimore Orioles.

    Game Log

    Yankees Win Yankees Loss Game Postponed
    Game Log

    Detailed records

    File:Robinson Cano 2013.jpg
    Robinson Canó played his final season with the New York Yankees in 2013 before signing a long-term deal with the Seattle Mariners at the end of the season.
    2013 AL Records
    Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
    Baltimore 11–8 4–3 3–4 4–2 4–2 3–4 5–2 3–3 9–10 5–2 2–4 6–13 5–2 10–9 11–9
    Boston 8–11 4–2 6–1 3–4 6–1 2–5 3–3 4–3 13–6 3–3 6–1 12–7 2–4 11–8 14–6
    Chicago 3–4 2–4 2–17 7–12 3–4 9–10 3–4 8–11 3–3 2–5 3–3 2–5 4–2 4–3 8–12
    Cleveland 4–3 1–6 17–2 4–15 6–1 10–9 4–2 13–6 1–6 5–2 5–2 2–4 5–1 4–2 11–9
    Detroit 2–4 4–3 12–7 15–4 6–1 9–10 0–6 11–8 3–3 3–4 5–2 3–3 3–4 5–2 12–8
    Houston 2–4 1–6 4–3 1–6 1–6 2–4 10–9 1–5 1–5 4–15 9–10 2–5 2–17 3–4 8–12
    Kansas City 4–3 5–2 10–9 9–10 10–9 4–2 2–5 15–4 2–5 1–5 4–3 6–1 3–3 2–4 9–11
    Los Angeles 2–5 3–3 4–3 2–4 6–0 9–10 5–2 1–5 3–4 8–11 11–8 4–3 4–15 6–1 10–10
    Minnesota 3–3 3–4 11–8 6–13 8–11 5–1 4–15 5–1 2–5 1–6 4–3 1–6 4–3 1–5 8–12
    New York 10–9 6–13 3–3 6–1 3–3 5–1 5–2 4–3 5–2 1–5 4–3 7–12 3–4 14–5 9–11
    Oakland 2–5 3–3 5–2 2–5 4–3 15–4 5–1 11–8 6–1 5–1 8–11 3–3 10–9 4–3 13–7
    Seattle 4–2 1–6 3–3 2–5 2–5 10–9 3–4 8–11 3–4 3–4 11–8 3–3 7–12 3–3 8–12
    Tampa Bay 13–6 7–12 5–2 4–2 3–3 5–2 1–6 3–4 6–1 12–7 3–3 3–3 3–4 11–8 12–8
    Texas 2–5 4–2 2–4 1–5 4–3 17–2 3–3 15–4 3–4 4–3 9–10 12–7 4–3 1–6 10–10
    Toronto 9–10 8–11 3–4 2–4 2–5 4–3 4–2 1–6 5–1 5–14 3–4 3–3 8–11 6–1 11–9

    Updated for games through September 29, 2013

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    9. ^ Waldstein, David (March 15, 2013). "Yanks Look for Help in Others’ Castoffs". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
    10. ^ Dierkes, Tim. "Yankees Acquire Vernon Wells". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
    11. ^ "Angels trade outfielder Vernon Wells to Yankees in exchange for OF Exicardo Cayones, LHP Kramer Sneed and cash considerations". Angels Press Release. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
    12. ^ Sanchez, Ray (January 13, 2014) Alex Rodriguez suspended for entire 2014 season. CNN
    13. ^ Pouliot, Matthew (September 25, 2013). "Yankees eliminated with Indians’ victory". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
    14. ^ (2003). "2003 New York Yankees game log". The 2003 game log shows victories over the Mets. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
    15. ^ Waldstein, David (May 30, 2013). "Where No Mets Have Gone Before". The New York Times. . Article cites the Yankees 2003 season series sweep: The only other Subway Series sweep was in 2003, when the Yankees won all six games on their way to winning the American League pennant. – New York Times. May 31, 2013.
    16. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2013). Baseball America 2014 Almanac. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-48-0. 

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