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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

In Loss, New York Pays Tribute To Allen, 'Voice of the Yankees'

NEW YORK -- The flags flew at half mast over Yankee Stadium and the game began with a moment of silence, but New York could not deliver a victory on the night they paid tribute to Mel Allen, the Hall of Fame broadcaster and former "Voice of the Yankees" who died Sunday.


The Yankees nearly pulled out a win, but Dan Naulty got Bernie Williams to fly out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins won 6-3.


Joe Girardi singled in a run with two outs in the ninth and Paul O'Neill walked to load the bases. Naulty relieved Eddie Guardado and got Williams to fly out to the warning track in left field for his first career save.


Scott Aldred allowed a pair of runs over 6 2/3 innings to raise his record to 3-0 since joining the Twins from Detroit.


Ramiro Mendoza (1-3) lost his third straight start for New York, giving up five runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.


But even after the loss the ageless announcer was still on Yankees' minds.


"Mel Allen meant as much to Yankee tradition as legends like [Babe] Ruth, [Lou] Gehrig, [Joe] DiMaggio and [Mickey] Mantle," team owner George Steinbrenner said. "He was the voice of the Yankees."


In his 58 years as a sports broadcaster, Allen did it all, from baseball's World Series and All-Star game, to college football and boxing.


He was best known, however, for applying his Alabama drawl to Yankees broadcasts and, for 17 years, as the voice of the weekly syndicated show, "This Week in Baseball."