Saturday, August 13, 2011

You Can't Predict Baseball Suzyn

John Sterling is right again! Earlier this week Curtis Granderson got picked off to end a loss to the Angels with Mark Teixeira at the plate. The next night Granderson homered in the first inning and again later in the game in a Yankees win.

Friday night CC Sabathia got pounded by the Rays for a career high five home runs for his second straight loss. Then on Saturday Jorge Posada emerged from oblivion to hit a grand slam, collected three hits, and drove in six runs in the Yankees 9-2 pasting of Tampa Bay.

Phil Hughes also emerged from the shadows to throw six very effective innings to pick up his third win. The performance could have made Joe Girardi's decision regarding the rotation that much tougher, but for now Girardi is off the hook thanks to a cut suffered earlier this week by Freddy Garcia.

Girardi revealed the news during his post-game press conference. The cut won't allow Garcia to grip the baseball properly and he's out indefinitely. Weather permitting, A.J. Burnett will face James Shields in the series finale on Sunday before the Yankees embark on a seven game swing through KC and Minnesota.

Posada came up with the bases loaded his first time up and ripped a 2-run single to right. After Granderson took Jeremy Hellickson deep to tie Jose Bautista for the Major League lead with 33 home runs in the 5th, Posada broke the game open later in the inning with a slam off Brandon Gomes for a 7-0 lead. It would be all Hughes needed. With pressure on the 25-yr old to deliver, Hughes allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out six. He gave up both runs in his final inning, including a home run by Desmond Jennings.


Before the game, Derek Jeter was presented with several momentos for his 3,000th hit. Jeter gave his batting gloves and helmet to the Hall of Fame.

The Yankees brought back one of their own, signing Scott Proctor to a minor league contract.

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