New York Yankees shutout for first time in 220 games

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees looks on from the mound during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on September 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees looks on from the mound during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on September 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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For the first time in 220 games or since June 30, 2018, the New York Yankees have been shut out. The last team to do it? Their arch-rival Boston Red Sox.

Entering Monday’s matchup against the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees had done something no other team in baseball has done this season, they were the first to 90-wins. On Monday, however, the Rangers did something no other team has done in 220 games prior, they blanked the Yankees 7-0 in a series opener in the Bronx.

This is second-longest such streak in the history of MLB. The longest steak, according to ESPN Stats & Info, belongs to none other than the 1931-1933 Yankees, who went 308 consecutive games without being shut out.

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Prior to Monday’s game against the Rangers, the last time the Yankees were shut out was on June 30, 2018, in a Saturday matchup against the Boston Red Sox. Within a seven day stretch before June 30th, the Yanks had been shut out three times, four times during the entire month of June 2018.

During this 220-streak, the Miami Marlins have been shut out 26 times according to senior writer at The Athletic Jayson Stark. The Detroit Tigers have been shut out 21 times and the Baltimore Orioles 14.

This season the Bronx Bombers (802 R) trail only the Minnesota Twins (814 R) in runs scored. The Twins also have a better run differential than the Yanks do this season, +175 vs. +153. Despite this, oddly enough, the Twins have been shut out three times in 2019 alone.

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The Rangers accomplished this feat behind Mike Minor, who shut the New York Yankees down over 7.1 innings while striking out five batters. Relievers Shawn Kelley and Emmanuel Clase helped to shut the door, finishing with a combined 1.2 IP, allowing 0 ER, and striking out two batters.