The Yankees had held the Mets to three runs or less in each of their last 10 games against them entering Sunday's contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that marks the Yankees' longest stretch of that kind against any team since a 10-game streak against the Indians over the 1971 and 1972 seasons.
Prior to Sunday's game, a group of 24 children ages 7-14 participated in the Yankees' championship of the 2012 MLB Pitch, Hit & Run program, hoping to qualify for the National Finals during All-Star Week in Kansas City. This is the program's 16th year.
On this date in 2002, the Yankees' Marcus Thames homered off the D-backs' Randy Johnson on the first pitch he saw as a Major Leaguer. The Yankees defeat Arizona, 7-5, at the old Yankee Stadium.