Hideki Matsui came to the Yankees in 2003 after a stellar career in Japan. Today he signed a one-day minor league deal, then signed retirement papers in order to go out as a Yankee. He signed at home plate in front of fans who have appreciated his great play and pure class.
Then three of his teammates from that 2003 team went out and were key in winning the game: Jeter, Mo and Alfonso Soriano.
On Twitter or somewhere, it was suggested that Jeter’s life is like a fairy tale. You can’t write this stuff up. First back this year he singles his first time up after his ankle was broken twice. But he injures a quad and is out two weeks. So he returns again today and on the first pitch he sees, he homers. Mr. Dramatic.
Career HR #256 (and hit 3306) seemed to spark the Yankees offense. Cano and Soriano singled, Wells had a SF to make it 2-0 and after a WP, Ichiro singled to make it 3-0.
But the good times stopped there because Phil Hughes gave the lead back. Once again, Hughes gave up a big 3-run HR to Myers when he had two strikes on him. He has to start PITCHING and stop throwing. Often he goes for the K, thinking he’s Roger Clemens or someone and leaves a pitch up. He has to start thinking more like Wang was or Pettitte. Keep those pitches DOWN. Hughes is a flyball pitcher, and that is not good in Yankee Stadium. With Phelps returning soon, Hughes’ spot in the rotation isn’t guaranteed. He could be dealt before the deadline in a few days but I doubt it. Who’d take a chance on a 2-month rental? For that is what he’d be. He’s a free agent at the end of the year.
Between the booing at the Stadium and pissed-off people on blogs, fans are tired of Hughes and the gopher balls. They aren’t willing to remember that he has had 18 and 16 win seasons.
I think a lot of it is mental with Hughes and not physical. But he’s a goner.
The problem is, Hughes’ ERA of 4.58 is STILL less than CC’s 4.65. That is an indictment of CC.
Alfonso Soriano’s first HR since returning to the Yanks took the lead back for the Yanks. 5-4 after three.
But then, Hughes gave up ANOTHER HR to Myers, which tied it up.
Hughes 4 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 4 K. ERA to 4.58.
The Yankees bullpen was magnificent today.
He won’t get the award, but Preston Claiborne should get some ROY consideration. 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA 2.06.
Logan the 7th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.30.
Robertson the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, no walks and 2 K. 1.87.
Faced with the prospect of falling 9 behind the Rays with a loss or 7 back with a win, manager Joe Girardi brought in Mo in the top of the 9th to hold the tie, hoping for a walk-off win in the bottom of the inning.
Mo did his part with a 1-2-3 inning. The 43 1/2 year old legend lowered his ERA to 1.64 in improving to 2-2 on the year. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Three groundouts.
In the bottom of the 9th, Gardner walked and advanced on a WP. Jeter was intentionally walked to set up a DP. Cano struck out but Soriano singled to win the game.
Jeter had 2 hits and an RBI. HR #256. He now has 3307 hits for his career. Next up are Eddie Collins with 3315 and Paul Molitor with 3319.
Soriano had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs.
Ichiro was 4 for 4 with an RBI.
The Yanks are off tomorrow as they head to La-La Land to face Donnie Baseball’s Dodgers.
Meanwhile, some reports are stating that MLB suspensions for Biogenesis could come this week, with A-Rod possibly getting the rest of this year and ALL of 2014.