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September 3, 2013
A Yankee Record-Setter
Catcher JR Murphy made a rapid climb through the Yankee farm system. I saw him with Trenton in late May. Not long after, he was promoted to Triple-A Scranton. And today, as a September call-up, he made Yankee history. In a season racked by a wave of injuries, and what at times looked to be open auditions to fill out the roster, Murphy became the 52nd player to appear in a game for the Bronx Bombers. That's the most ever. Not even during the inept "Horace Clark Years," did 52 different players don the pinstripes. But Murphy, who pinch hit for Robinson Cano in the 8th inning, became the 52nd member of the 2013 Yankees. His infield single also tied him with many -- as a player who hit safely in his first at-bat.