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The Yankees entered play on Tuesday batting .189 (7-for-37) with the bases loaded this season, the 12th-lowest average in the American League. They had just one hit in their last 21 plate appearances with the bases loaded, coming on Robinson Cano's May 6 grand slam at Kansas City. New York batted an AL-leading .337 (55-for-163) last year and a Major League-high .344 (64-for-186) in 2010.

• The Yankees' 21-21 record entering play on Tuesday marked the latest in a season the club's record had been .500 or lower since entering play on June 12, 2008, at 33-33.

• On this date in 1963, Mickey Mantle hit a walk-off home run facing the Athletics' Bill Fischer that struck the upper deck frieze in right field at Yankee Stadium. It marked the second time in his career that Mantle hit the frieze, having also done it on May 30, 1956, off the Senators' Pedro Ramos.