• 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.