Ten things to know about Travis d’Arnaud and the Rays’ thrilling win over Yankees

From how rare it was for the Rays to win, and for the Yankees to lose.
Travis d'Arnaud got a hug from Guillermo Heredia and others after his third homer. [KATHY WILLENS | Associated Press]
Travis d'Arnaud got a hug from Guillermo Heredia and others after his third homer. [KATHY WILLENS | Associated Press]
Published July 16

Ten things to know from the Rays’ Monday night come-from-ahead, and then behind, win over the Yankees:

* Travis d’Arnaud is the first catcher since Baseball Reference data is available (1908) with a three-home run game out of the leadoff spot (regular season or postseason).

* D’Arnaud tied the team record with three homers in a game, joining Evan Longoria (twice). B. J. Upton and Jonny Gomes.

* Monday was the first time in franchise history the Rays trailed the Yankees by multiple runs in the ninth inning or later and went on to win, per Stats LLC.

* D’Arnaud is just the fourth player to hit a leadoff home run and a walk-off home run (July 6 off Chad Green) vs. the Yankees in the same season (also Oakland’s Rickey Henderson in 1993; Washington-AL’s Bob Allison in 1960 and Philadelphia-AL’s Max Bishop in 1932).

* Travis d’Arnaud is the first catcher ever to hit three-plus home runs in a game against the Yankees. He joins George Brett (1978 ALCS Game 3) as the only visiting leadoff hitters with a 3-homer game at either Yankee Stadium.

* The Rays’ last win when trailing after eight was Sept. 10 last season against Cleveland — they trailed 5-4 entering the ninth but won 6-5.

* D’Arnaud is the first player in franchise history with 5-plus RBIs to drive in all the Rays’ runs in a win.

* The Yankees were 49-0 when leading after eight innings this season, and the Rays were 0-32 when trailing.

* D’Arnaud hit his third career go-ahead homer in the eighth inning or later, and second this season with his July 6 walkoff against the Yankees.

* He is the first catcher to hit three homers in a game against the Yankees.

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