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• With the NFL Draft taking place on Thursday in New York, it is notable that the Yankees had two first-round picks who went on to play in the NFL: John Elway in 1981 and Brandon Weeden in 2002. The Yanks also selected Bo Jackson in the second round in 1982 and Deion Sanders in the 30th round in 1988.

• When Hiroki Kuroda allowed a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning on Thursday, it continued a familiar trend for the Yanks. Entering play Thursday, they had allowed 16 of their 84 runs this season in the first inning.

• On this date in 1967, Whitey Ford recorded his 236th and final career victory, an 11-2 win over the White Sox in the Bronx. On this date in 1999, Joe DiMaggio's monument was dedicated at Yankee Stadium, with Paul Simon singing "Mrs. Robinson" in center field.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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