Ian Kennedy gave up 3 runs over 6 innings of a quality start, and really that last run shouldn't have scored. 4 Yankees hit homeruns tonight including A-Rod, who went 4-5, Morgan Ensberg, Johnny Damon, on the road to having his first 30 homerun season, and Robinson Cano. That couldn't have been a better at bat for Cano who came into a tied game as a pinch hitter, and crushed one into right field to end the Rays rally, and put the Yankees ahead. Hopefully, this breaks Cano out of his funk. Mariano Rivera closed the game recording 4 outs, 2 of them strikeouts, and made them look easy. The Yankees got to Al Reyes who pitched like he got tasered last Friday night....twice.
Jeter returned to the lineup tonight and had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI's. Your gangster has been sorely missed.
Brian Bruney was not sharp today. The first homerun he gave up was suppose to be high heat out of the zone, but instead was knee high and down the center. Upton knew what to do with that. Evan Longoria hit his first major league homerun off Bruney too. Billy Traber also gave up a homerun of his own. Between the two of those pitchers, they almost put the Rays back into the game. The Yankees could not score off Danny Glover to make this a more comfortable game.
Ian Kennedy took a line drive off his hip. He jumped on the ball and tried to make the out at first anyway, but it was too late. I respect his gangster, but it looked fairly painful. My favorite part of the game was when Evan Longoria took the 2-1 pitch low for ball 3 and ran to first. Kennedy started flashing a three to the umpire who eventually realized that Longoria only had 3 balls and called him back to the plate.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The Respect Jeter's Gangster blog has joined Johnny Damon's Homerun club, which helps raise money for the Children's Health Fund. We are donating one dollar for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. Today, the Yankees got ahold of 4, making up for their recent malaise that has hurt no one more than the children:
Melky Cabrera 2hr = $2.00
Alex Rodriguez 3hr = $3.00
Hideki Matsui 2 hr = $2.00
Bobby Abreu 1hr = $1.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 2hr = $2.00
Johnny Damon 1hr = $1.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 1hr = $1.00
Total = $14.00