Yankees Return to Yankee Stadium for 10-Game Homestand; Highlights Include Jorge Posada Day, Andy Pettitte Day and Hope Week

The New York Yankees will return home tonight for the first of 10 games at Yankee Stadium. The stretch of games will feature a three-game series vs. the Minnesota Twins (Monday-Wednesday, August 17-19) a four-game set vs. the Cleveland Indians (Thursday-Sunday, August 20-23) and a three-game series vs. the Houston Astros (Monday-Wednesday, August 24-26).

As part of separate pregame ceremonies prior to the scheduled 1:05 p.m. games vs. the Indians on Saturday and Sunday respectively, the Yankees will honor Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte by unveiling Monument Park plaques recognizing their careers. Additionally, Posada's uniform No. 20 and Pettitte's uniform No. 46 will be retired by the organization. Former teammates, coaches and other guests will take part in the festivities. Gates will open two hours prior to first pitch at 11:00 a.m. on both days and fans are encouraged to arrive early and be in their seats by 12:00 p.m.

Posada spent each of his 17 Major League seasons with the Yankees from 1995-2011, hitting .273 (1,664-for-6,092) with 900R, 379 doubles, 275HR and 1,065RBI in 1,829 games. As a player on five World Series championship teams (1996, '98, '99, 2000, '09), Posada finished his career among Baseball's all-time postseason leaders in games played (second, 125), doubles (third, 23) and hits (fourth, 103), while his 119 postseason contests at catcher are the most all time. A five-time American League All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner (each in 2000-03, '07), Posada twice finished in the top 10 in American League Most Valuable Player balloting, ranking third in 2003 and sixth in 2007. 

Pettitte pitched in 15 seasons with the club (1995-2003, '07-10 and '12-13), going 219-127 with a 3.94 ERA (2,796.1IP, 1,223ER) and 2,020K in 447 games (438 starts). The left-hander is the franchise leader in strikeouts (2,020), is tied with Whitey Ford for most games started and trails only Ford (236 wins, 3,171.0IP) and Red Ruffing (231 wins, 3,168.0IP) in wins and innings pitched as a Yankee. The three-time American League All-Star (1996, 2001 and '10) is the only pitcher drafted by the Yankees to win 200 games in the Majors. As a Yankees pitcher, Pettitte went 18-10 with a 3.76 ERA (251.1IP, 105ER) in 40 career postseason starts and is the organization's all-time playoff leader in wins, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts (167).

The seventh annual HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) will run from Monday, August 17, through Friday, August 21. The initiative is a unique week-long community program that brings to light five remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities. Since its inception in 2009, the Yankees have recognized more than 30 different 501(c)3 organizations as part of HOPE Week.

Each day over the five-day stretch, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support, surprising honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. Outreach will often take place away from Yankee Stadium, allowing the Yankees to personally connect with individuals in settings that highlight their greatest successes. Fans can learn more about the initiative and nominate inspirational individuals for HOPE Week recognition by visiting the official website at hopeweek.com.

Ticket specials will run on Monday, August 17 (Military Personnel Game), Tuesday, August 18 (Military Personnel Game), Wednesday, August 19 (MasterCard Half-Price/Senior Citizen/Student/Youth/Military Personnel Game), Thursday, August 20 (Military Personnel Game), Monday, August 24 (Military Personnel Game), Tuesday, August 25 (Military Personnel Game) and Wednesday, August 26 (MasterCard Half-Price/Senior Citizen/Student/Youth/Military Personnel Game).

For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, fans should visit www.yankees.com/ticketspecials. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.

The homestand will also feature the following promotional items and dates:

Monday, August 17 - Yankees vs. Twins, 7:05 p.m.

  • Frank Sinatra Music Download Card Night, presented by Universal Music, to the first 18,000 Guests in attendance, 21 and older.

Wednesday, August 19 - Yankees vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m.

  • Yankees Coloring Book Day, presented by Party City, to the first 18,000 Guests in attendance, 14 and younger.

Thursday, August 20 - Yankees vs. Indians, 7:05 p.m.

  • Yankees Microfiber Cloth Night, presented by The Parking Spot, to the first 18,000 Guests in attendance.

Friday, August 21 - Yankees vs. Indians, 7:05 p.m.

  • Yankees Water Bottle Night, presented by Budweiser, to the first 18,000 Guests in attendance, 21 and older.

Saturday, August 22 - Yankees vs. Indians, 1:05 p.m.

  • Jorge Posada Collector Card Day, presented by Yankees-Steiner Collectibles, to all Guests in attendance.

Sunday, August 23 - Yankees vs. Indians, 1:05 p.m.

  • Andy Pettitte Collector Card Day, presented by Yankees-Steiner Collectibles, to all Guests in attendance.

Monday, August 24 - Yankees vs. Astros, 7:05 p.m.

  • Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead Night, presented by AT&T, to the first 18,000 Guests in attendance.

Tuesday, August 25 - Yankees vs. Astros, 7:05 p.m.

  • Yankees Cap Night, presented by Cooper Tire, to the first 18,000 Guests in attendance.

Wednesday, August 26 - Yankees vs. Astros, 1:05 p.m.

  • Mark Teixeira Poster Day, presented by Catch 24 Advertising, to the first 18,000 Guests in attendance, 14 and younger.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.yankees.com, www.yankeesbeisbol.com, at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster phone at (877) 469-9849, Ticketmaster TTY at (800) 943-4327 and at all Ticket Offices located within Yankees Clubhouse Shops. Tickets may also be purchased on Yankees Ticket Exchange at www.yankees.com/yte, the only official online resale marketplace for Yankees fans to purchase and resell tickets to Yankees games. Fans with questions may call (212) YANKEES [926-5337] or email tickets@yankees.com.

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