|2011 Season News
May 25 The New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera becomes the first pitcher in MLB history to make 1,000 appearances with one team, reaching the milestone by retiring the side in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 7–3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Rivera also becomes the 15th pitcher in MLB history with 1,000 career appearances
June 2 - On the first anniversary of Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game, Major League Baseball puts a rule into effect that Jim Joyce, the first-base umpire whose incorrect call cost Gallaraga the perfect game, cannot umpire any games in which Galarraga’s team plays. The two have become business partners after releasing a book on the game, and this relationship could affect Joyce's impartiality while umpiring Galarraga's team. The policy is similar to the one that prevents Jim Wolf from being the home plate umpire in games that his younger brother Randy pitches in
June 10 - At Miller Park, Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals manages his 5,000th game, joining Connie Mack (7,755) as the only managers to reach this milestone. The Milwaukee Brewers, however, shut out the Cardinals 8-0.
July 9 - At Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees becomes the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club, homering off David Price in the third inning of the Yankees' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Jeter becomes the first player to reach the milestone exclusively as a Yankee, and only the second to do so with a home run, joining Wade Boggs in 1999. He also becomes the first player to go 5-for-5 the day of achieving his 3000th hit and only the second to collect five hits in the game, joining Craig Biggio in 2007. In the eighth inning, his fifth hit scores Eduardo Núñez with the winning run.
August 21 - With both Alex Rodriguez and Jim Thome in the line-ups for their respective ballclubs in the final game of a four game set between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, it is the first match-up of 600 home run club members since Willie Mays and Hank Aaron faced off as members of the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, respectively, on July 17, 1973. Rodriguez and Thome share a hand shake at homeplate prior to the game to a huge ovation
August 27 - Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers wins his 20th game of the season, the fastest pitcher to do so before the end of August since Curt Schilling did so in 2002. He is the first Tigers 20-game winner since Bill Gullickson in 1991, and it marks the 44th time in Tigers history that a pitcher has reached 20 wins in a season. Verlander won his 20th game in the Tigers' 132nd game of the season, making him the fastest Detroit pitcher to 20 wins since Mickey Lolich got his 20th win in Game No. 131 of the 1972 season.
Agust 28 - Derek Jeter plays his 2,402nd game as a Yankee, passing Mickey Mantle as the team's all-time leader in games played.
September 19 - Mariano Rivera recorded his 602nd career save in the New York Yankees' 6–4 win over the Minnesota Twins, placing him alone atop Major League Baseball's career saves list.
|American League Teams Stats|
|New York Yankees||97||65||0.599||867||5.35||657||4.06||222||152||0.263||0.338||0.444||3.73||507||1222||0.983||140|
|Tampa Bay Rays||91||71||0.562||707||4.36||614||3.79||172||161||0.244||0.315||0.402||3.58||504||1143||0.988||139|
|Boston Red Sox||90||72||0.556||875||5.40||737||4.55||203||156||0.280||0.461||0.461||4.20||540||1213||0.985||120|
|Los Angeles Angels||86||76||0.531||667||4.12||633||3.91||155||142||0.253||0.402||0.402||3.57||476||1058||0.985||157|
|Toronto Blue Jays||81||81||0.500||743||4.59||761||4.70||186||179||0.249||0.413||0.413||4.33||540||1169||0.982||146|
|Chicago White Sox||79||83||0.488||654||4.04||706||4.36||154||147||0.252||0.388||0.388||4.10||439||1220||0.987||128|
|Kansas City Royals||71||91||0.438||730||4.51||762||4.70||129||163||0.275||0.415||0.415||4.45||557||1080||0.985||149|
|National League Teams Stats|
|St. Louis Cardinals||90||72||0.556||762||4.70||692||4.27||162||136||0.273||0.338||0.425||3.79||448||1098||0.982||167|
|San Francisco Giants||86||76||0.531||570||3.52||578||3.57||121||96||0.242||0.299||0.368||3.21||559||1316||0.983||127|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||82||79||0.509||644||4.00||612||3.80||117||132||0.257||0.319||0.375||3.56||507||1265||0.986||121|
|New York Mets||77||85||0.475||718||4.43||742||4.58||108||147||0.264||0.332||0.391||4.19||514||1126||0.981||125|
|San Diego Padres||71||91||0.438||593||3.66||611||3.77||91||125||0.256||0.309||0.401||3.43||521||1139||0.985||138|