WP - Mitre (1-0) SV - Rivera (27) LP - Hill (3-3)
With 54 RBI in 63 games, it’s not hard to imagine what kind of numbers Alex Rodriguez would have put up had he been healthy all year. The third baseman’s 2-run single propelled the Yankees past the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 tonight for their 5th straight victory and sole possession of 1st place in the AL East. Sergio Mitre was not stellar, but solid enough to pick up his first major league victory since July 29, 2007. Meanwhile, Boston lost their 4th straight, 4-2 to the Texas Rangers.
The Yankees trailed the O’s 2-1 in the 3rd inning when they loaded the bases with 2 outs against Orioles’ starter Rich Hill. Cody Ransom and Mark Teixeira drew two of the eight walks issued by Baltimore pitching and Derek Jeter singled in between them. A-Rod ripped a single through the left side that scored Ransom and Jeter easily for a 3-2 Yankees lead.
Read the rest of my recap at Baseball Digest Online.