Boehringer wound up with the Yankees after he was traded from the White Sox system in March 1994 for southpaw Paul Assenmacher. He emerged as a valuable reliever during New York's World Championship run in 1996, picking up a relief win in Game Two of the Division Series vs. Texas. On November 18th, 1997 he changed teams twice in one day as Tampa Bay selected him in the expansion draft and subsequently traded him to San Diego for infielder Andy Sheets and catcher John Flaherty. On September 16th, 1998 he allowed home run # 63 to Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa, an eighth-inning grand slam at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Boehringer pitched well when moved into the Padres starting rotation in June 1999, but his season was cut short by a strained rotator cuff, and he was limited to seven appearances in 2000 by tendinitis in his right shoulder.
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»March 3, 1997: For the negotiating rights to Hideki Irabu the Yankees offer the Padres a choice of one from a list of players: Brian Boehringer, David Weathers, Chris Cumberland, Andy Fox, and Matt Luke. Also, one player from a list of five minor leaguers, plus $3 million. The Padres are talking to several other teams beside the Yankees.
»May 14, 1997:
In Minneapolis, New York's Paul O'Neill ties the score with an RBI double in the ninth, then homers in the 12th inning to lead the Yankees to a 6–5 win over the Twins. O'Neill doubles off Rick Aguilera, and hit his seventh homer of the season off Eddie Guardado. O'Neill also makes an error, his 2nd in six days: he had gone 235 straight games without an error. Tino Martinez adds his 16th homer, as Brian Boehringer (2-2) pitches one inning for the win.
»September 26, 1997: Four Yankees pitchers combine to 1-hit the Tigers, winning by a score of 8-2. Andy Pettitte starts and allows a 2-run single to Travis Fryman in the 3rd inning, giving Detroit a 2-1 lead. Pettitte leaves after four frames and is succeeded by Brian Boehringer (3 innings), Mariano Rivera (1 inning), and Jeff Nelson (1 inning). Rivera receives credit for the win when NY explodes for six runs in the 9th inning.