Alex Rodriguez was in a slump. The Yanks were down 4-1 in the seventh. Then the all-time leader in hitting grand slams added on to his record, putting the Yanks in front 5-4 on their way to an 8-4 win over the Twins Tuesday night.
Before the game, the Yanks put Bryan Mitchell on the 7-day concussion DL with a small nasal fracture after he took that liner to his face on Monday night. They also sent Caleb Cotham back down after the innings he threw on Monday night. They brought back up Capuano and Rumbelow. For Capuano, he must be part cat. Nine lives. For twice he was DFA’d, cleared waivers, sent down to AAA and recalled shortly thereafter. All in the last month.
Greg Bird was the word in the fourth inning, putting the Yanks up 1-0 with an RBI single, his first MLB rbi. The Twins tied it in the fifth.
CC was pitching very well until the seventh, when he gave up a walk and a 2-run HR to start the inning. Minnesota tacked on another run and it was 4-1 Twins. With the Blue Jays winning in Philadelphia, it looked like the Yanks would fall into a tie for first.
But in the bottom of the seventh, PH Chase Headley singled (he has been doing very well with the pinch hits lately), Brendan Ryan walked, and after a flyout, Brett Gardner walked. A-Rod then hit his 25th HR of the season, which also happened to be his 25th career grand slam, extending his grand slam record. Career HR #679 put the Yanks up 5-4.
The Yanks added three insurance runs in the eighth. Bird and Gregorius singled and Headley doubled them both home. After a sac bunt by Ryan, Ellsbury singled in Headley for the final tally of 8-4.
For Nick Rumbelow, his first MLB win.
Sabathia 6 2/3, 4 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 5.24
Rumbelow (W, 1-0, 1.59) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.66
Miller (27th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.08
The Yanks are 66-52, and remain one game ahead of Toronto in the AL East.