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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 15, 2011 at 07:20:35 PM

Today is May 15 and 70 years ago today, Joe DiMaggio’s historic 56-game hitting streak began with a first-inning single off Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Smith in a 13-1 loss.

That loss was the fifth in a row for a 101-win Yankee team that actually fell to 15-16.

Chances are on that Thursday morning, DiMaggio might have faced some pregame questions about an 8-for-41 (.195) slump that dropped his batting average from .373 to .306. And perhaps manager Joe McCarthy might have faced some of the same line of questioning.

Assuming he did, let’s guess that it wasn’t quite the sizable crowd that surrounded Jorge Posada’s locker eager to hear from the emotional Yankee catcher turned struggling designated hitter.

To say that area of the clubhouse was tension-filled sometime

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 13, 2011 at 05:17:05 PM

Today is May 13 and for the first time since moving to the Bronx in 1923, the Yankees have a home game with the Boston Red Sox. They have played them twice on this date in Boston (1965 and 1995) but never at home either in the Bronx, the Polo Grounds and Hilltop Park in Upper Manhattan.

Today also happens to be Friday the 13th for you superstitious types and if you’ve followed the Yankees the last two nights, their performance can be assessed a slop fest of horrifying baseball.

And because of that the Yankees are not a first place team for the first time in roughly a month.

"Maybe it's what we need. Maybe we need the Red Sox to come in. Everything seems to get turned up, the coverage, the intensity of the games seem to take on a new flavor, and each at-bat seems to take on a new

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