» May 10, 1953:
Behind Billy Loes and Roy Campanella the Dodgers move into first place with 5–0 win over the Phillies. Loes tosses his only shutout of the year, while Campy drives in all five runs with a double and homer. Campanella collects 44 RBIs in his first 30 games: not until Tino Martinez in 1997, will anyone else reach 40 in the first 30.
» July 5, 1995: Mariners' 1B Tino Martinez strokes five hits, but Seattle still loses to Detroit by a score of 8-6. Martinez's hits include a double and a pair of home runs, as he notches five ribbies.
» December 7, 1995: The Yankees obtain 1B Tino Martinez, P Jeff Nelson, and minor league P Jim Mecir from the Mariners in exchange for P Sterling Hitchcock and 3B Russ Davis. In a memorable day, Martinez signs a 5-year, $20.25 million contract, and his wife gives birth to their 3rd child.
» April 30, 1996: In the longest 9-inning game ever—4 hours and 21 minutes—the Yankees outslug the Orioles, 13–10 to disappoint 43,117 at Camden Yards. The host O's score nine runs off starter Andy Pettitte and take a 9–4 lead in the 2nd. New York ties it at 9–9 in the 5th, then wins it in the 7th on Tino Martinez's 3-run shot. Jim Leyritz and Paul O'Neill also homer for New York. The previous record for longest game was 4:18, set in a 1962 Dodgers-Giants game.
» May 1, 1996: The Yanks and Orioles continue their marathon play, this one going five hours and 43 minutes before ending at one a.m. Tino Martinez, whose homer snapped yesterday's tie, slugs a grand slam in the 15th to give reliever Andy Pettitte the win. Bernie Williams has five hits while Gerald Williams collects 6—just the 2nd Yankee to get six in a game; Myril Hoag in 1934, is the other. The O's and Yankees strand 15 runners in extra innings, as both teams squander scoring opportunities, and New York survives four errors by two second basemen. Jim Mecir strikes out Brady Anderson with the bases loaded in the 10th after going to a 3–0 count. Cal Ripken is lifted for a pinch runner in the 8th—who is promptly picked off—and sits for the last seven innings, the longest stretch he's rested in 2,180 games.
» June 18, 1996:
The Yanks manage just three hits off Brad Radke, but one is a 2-run home run by Tino Martinez, as the Yanks beat Minnesota, 2–0. Radke had retired the first 20 batters. Kenny Rogers pitches eight shutout innings for the win.
» September 4, 1996:
Andy Pettitte wins his 20th as the Yankees prevail over the A's, 10–3. Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez solo in the 4th inning. The Yanks last 20-game winner was Ron Guidry in 1985.
» September 25, 1996: The Yankees clinch the American League East title by pounding out 20 hits in a 19-2 win over the Brewers in the opening game of a doubleheader. The New Yorkers score 10 runs in the 2nd inning after plating four in the opening frame. Tino Martinez leads with five RBIs and David Cone (7-2) is the easy winner. The Yanks take the nitecap, 6–2.
» April 2, 1997: Paced by Tino Martinez, who belts homers in each of his first three at bats, the visiting Yankees rout the Mariners, 16–2. Martinez's shots, all off starter Scott Sanders, come with the bases empty, one on and two on; in three of his final four times at bat, the bases are full, but Tino fails to connect for his 4th dinger, singling once and walking with the bases loaded. Martinez, who also had a single, drives home seven runs and scores 5.
» April 30, 1997: The Yankees get a lead off home run from Tim Raines and nine strike outs from David Wells to beat the Mariners, 3–2. Joe Torre wins his 1,000th game while Dennis Martinez takes the loss, dropping his record against the Yanks to 2–18. Jay Buhner homers for the M's in the 9th against closer Mariano Rivera. Tino Martinez hits his 9th home run in the 8th inning, upping his ML-record RBI total to 34 for the month. Martinez will have 40 RBIs in his first 30 games, the first player to do so since Roy Campanella in 1953; Campy had 44.
» May 13, 1997:
Tino Martinez continues his hot hitting with a home run in the Yankees' 7-run 6th inning, as New York beats the Twins, 11–2. Bernie Williams belts a solo homer in the 5th to snap a 2–2 tie. Martinez homer, his 15th, leaves him one behind Griffey and puts him in select Yankee company: only Mantle and Ruth (4 times) have hit 15 homers in the first 40 games of a season. The defending World Series champions have won 17 of their last 23, while the Twins lost for the 16th time in 20 games.
» 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.
» May 29, 1997:
In Toronto, Tino Martinez hits his 20th homer—his third in three games—and David Cone strikes out 12 to lead New York over Toronto, 4–0. Jeff Nelson strikes out three Jays in relief. Martinez raised his RBI total to 56 with a single in the first off Woody Williams (1-5) and a solo shot in the third.
» June 18, 1997: At a packed Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Mets, 3–2 on a 10th-inning RBI single by Tino Martinez. Solo home runs by Chad Curtis and Cecil Fielder off Rick Reed gives the Yankees their lead and Yankee starter David Cone dominates his former team and does not allow a hit until John Olerud's leadoff double in the seventh. The three games at Yankee Stadium draw 168,719.
» June 24, 1997: 1B Tino Martinez hits two singles, a double, and a pair of home runs while driving in four as the Yankees top Detroit, 12-9. Chad Curtis adds five ribbies for NY.
» July 30, 1997: David Wells fires a 3-hitter as the Yankees beat the Royals, 7–0. Tino Martinez hits his 36th homer and Luis Sojo has four hits.
» September 23, 1997: In a warm-up for the playoffs, the Indians rally from a 9–2 deficit to shock the Yankees, 10–9. Tony Fernandez and Tino Martinez match 2-run homers, while Justice and Alomar also homer for the Tribe.
» April 10, 1998:
Tino Martinez leads the Yankees to a historical 17–13 win over the A's. Martinez had three hits, including a double and home run, five RBI, and four runs. The teams combine for a Yankee Stadium record with 30 runs, topping the old record of 28 set on June 3, 1933. The Yankees' 17 runs are the most in a home opener since 1955.
» April 28, 1998: Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home two runs in the Rangers 7–2 win over the Twins, giving him a major league record 35 RBIs for the month of April. Tino Martinez had 34 in 1997.
» May 19, 1998:
The Yankees defeat the Orioles, 9–5, in a game marked by a brawl which results in five ejections. Players involved will be suspended for a total of 18 games. The melee begins when Baltimore relief P Armando Benitez hits Tino Martinez in the back with a pitch following an 8th–inning home run by Bernie Williams.
» October 17, 1998: The Yankees explode for seven runs in the last half of the 7th inning to blow away the Padres, 9–6, in the Series opener. Chuck Knoblauch hits a 3–run homer in the inning, then Tino Martinez follows with a grand slam. David Wells notches the win.
» June 25, 1999:
In Baltimore's 9–8 loss to the Yankees, O's Jesse Orosco makes his 1,051th relief appearance to break Kent Tekulve's major league record. He's succeeded by Mike Tomlin, who takes the loss when he serves up a 9th inning home run to Shane Spencer. Baines has a pair of homers for the O's, while Tino Martinez has four hits for NY.
» October 14, 1999: The Yankees go two games up on the Red Sox with a 3-2 win in the 2nd game of the ALCS. David Cone gets the win for NY, with help from a Tino Martinez home run. Nomar Garciaparra accounts for both Boston runs with a 2-run roundtripper.
» October 26, 1999: Down 5-1 in Game three of the World Series, the Yankees bounce back to defeat the Braves, 6-5 in 10 innings. OF Chad Curtis' leadoff home run in the bottom half of the inning -- his 2nd of the game -- is the game-winner. Tino Martinez and Chuck Knoblauch also homer for NY, with Knoblauch's 2-run blast in the 8th tying the score at 5-5. Mariano Rivera picks up the win for the Yankees, hurling two scoreless inning of relief.
» May 29, 2000: The Yankees defeat the A's Olivares, 4-1, on Pettitte's 2-hitter. In the 6th inning, Oakland 2B Randy Velarde turns an unassisted triple play, just the 11th in history, on a line drive by Shane Spencer. With runners on 1st and 2nd running with the pitch, Velarde tags Jorge Posada as he nears 2B, then touches the bag to retire Tino Martinez. In 1995, while with the Yankees, Velarde turned an unassisted triple play against the Dodgers in spring training following the strike.
» June 30, 2000:
The New York Yankees tie a major-league record when three players (Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Jose Vizcaino) each hit sacrifice flies in the 4th inning against the Tigers. The record was set by the Chicago White Sox on July 1, 1962, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.
» October 13, 2000: The Yankees batter the Mariners, 8-2, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez hit back-to-back home runs in the 2nd inning for NY, while David Justice drives home three runs. Mariano Rivera breaks Whitey Ford's record for consecutive scoreless innings in postseason play with 33 1/3 scoreless frames.
» October 14, 2000:
The Yankees whitewash the Mariners, 5-0, behind Roger Clemens' 1-hit shutout. Clemens fans 15 Mariners as New York moves out to a 3-games-to-1 lead over Seattle. The Yankees score their runs on a 3-run homer by Derek Jeter and a 2-run blast by David Justice. Al Martin's double off the glove of Tino Martinez in the 7th inning is the Mariners' only hit. The two team's total of six hits ties an ALCS record for fewest safeties in a game.
» October 21, 2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets, 4-3 in 12 innings in Game one of the World Series. The longest game in World Series history (4 hours, 51 minutes) is ended on Jose Vizcaino' single which drives home Tino Martinez. It is Vizcaino's 4th hit of the night. The Mets lead, 3-2, going into the 9th, but Armando Benitez surrenders the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Chuck Knoblauch. The victory is the Yankees 13th in a row in Series play for a new record. Todd Pratt of the Mets ties a Series mark by being hit by pitches two times.
» May 18, 2001:
The Yanks stop Seattle's 8-game win streak, winning, 14–10. Ex-Mariner Tino Martinez is 4-for-5 with a homer and four ribbies. John Halama is the loser with seven runs in three IP. Ichiro Suzuki is 3-for-6 with two steals to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.
» October 31, 2001: In a thrilling contest, the Yankees defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3 in 10 innings, to tie the Series at two games apiece. Tino Martinez's 2-out, 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th ties the game, and Derek Jeter's blast in the bottom of the 10th wins it for New York. Both homers come off Byung-Hyun Kim who relieved Curt Schilling in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the win in relief for the Yankees.
» December 18, 2001: The Cardinals sign free agent 1B Tino Martinez to a 3-year contract.
» August 1, 2002:
A.J. Burnett (11–7) fires his 4th shutout of the year, beating the Cardinals, 4–0, on four hits. The high point for St. Louis is a 6th inning triple play (9–6–3), just the 11th in history started by a right fielder. With runners on 1st and 2B, J.D. Drew snags Eric Owens' line drive and throws to SS Edgar Renteria who steps on 2B and relays to first baseman Tino Martinez. Jay Buhner was the last right fielder to start a triple play, accomplishing the feat for the 1992 Mariners.