Boston won this afternoon over the Rays in game 1 of a dh. The Yanks start 1/2 game out for the division lead at 73-46. They are 9 1/2 up on the Rays and Angels for the wild card.
A-Rod is in SWB (AAA) on rehab. Check the minor league post later for how he did.
Did you know? Jim Thome hit #300, 400, 500 and 600 for four different teams (Indians, Phillies, White Sox and Twins).
The Phils’ Cole Hamels will miss a start, maybe more. Shoulder inflammation.
Nice. Security guards get Clemens autographed balls in the middle of a trial. Justice?
Yanks four games worse than Pythagorean. OPS+111, ERA+ 120
Jeter SS .283-4-44 13sb/17 att OPS +92 3039 hits
Granderson CF .273-33-94 22/32 149
Teixeira 1B .249-32-88 3/4 125
Cano 2B .305-20-81 8/9 133
Swisher RF .269-14-64 2/4 119
Jones DH .246-7-24 0/0 110
Martin C .225-12-46 8/9 85
Nunez 3B .264-4-26 18/23 89
Gardner LF .285-5-30 36-47 107
Nova P 11-4, 3.85, ERA+ 110
Jeter’s B.A. & OPS+ are higher than what he ended 2010 with.
Rough start for Nova. After two out in the first, single, double, single and 2 runs. Gardner is up with the bases loaded, two out in the second, but pops up.
The Yanks score in the 3rd. Granderson is HBP, Teix walks, Cano singles in a run. A walk to Swish and the bases are loaded—again—. There is one out. Jones strikes out. Martin comes through with a 2-run single to give the Yanks the lead. 3-2 Yanks after 2 1/2.
Nova is struggling tonight. Leadoff triple and a groundout for the Royals in the bottom of the 3rd and it’s tied. Not for long. Nova gives up a gopher ball to Melky and the Royals take the lead. In his last eight starts, Nova was 7-0, 3.10, so maybe he was due for a clunker. Single, WP, double and it’s 5-3 Royals after three.
The Yanks come right back with five in the fourth. Gardner sparks things with a leadoff drag bunt for a hit. Jeter doubles him home, 5-4. Granderson lays down a sac but everyone is safe. Teix singles, tie game. Cano fouls off something like seven straight pitches before hitting an absolute bomb of a 3-run HR and the Yanks go up 8-5.
Nova stays in there. I’m a bit surprised, but he does have a scoreless fourth and fifth. Fine, let him get a chance for the ugly win.
But Girardi puts him out there for the sixth. Mistake. After an out, a single and a walk. Pull him here, Joe. He doesn’t and gets burned. A 2-run double. I wouldn’t have had Nova start the sixth. Instead, it’s 8-7, tying run on second, one out. Logan comes in and does the job. K and a groundout.
Nova 5 1/3, 7 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 2 K. ERA to 4.21.
In the top of the 7th, Gardner triples with two out and Jeter singles him home. 9-7. 3041 hits for Derek.
Logan gets a flyout to start the 7th, then Soriano comes in. Soriano gets a flyout and a K.
Logan 1 ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, ERA to 2.87.
Soriano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. ERA 4.03.
Robertson has a 1-2-3 8th. 1 K. 73 K in 48 2/3. ERA to 1.29.
Mo. A 1-2-3 9th. His second consecutive 1-2-3. Save #32, #591 of his career, ERA to 2.30. 2 K in that 1-2-3.
Sheesh. One bad half of a week and people wanted to throw him under the bus. I need more than a bad four days to give up on the Greatest Closer Ever. I need four to six weeks. He’ll get old one day, but it’s nice to see Mo stick it to all who jumped off his bandwagon.
With the win, the Yanks go into 1st place in the AL East by 1/2 a game over Boston, who split a DH today.
Jeter 2H (3041 now), 2 RBI. Cano 2 H, HR #21, 4 RBI.