Joba, in an attempt to stifle all talk of him going back into the bullpen, pitched an incredible 6.2 innings of 1 run ball. Not only was his performance solid, he kept his velocity late into the game and was touching high nineties throughout his start. Its a far cry from his 90-92 he was putting up in his previous starts. Of course, the radar gun could have been off, but then again, he struck out 8 so I don't think so.
The Yankees won 2-1 with two solo homeruns from A-Rod and Teixeira. Isn't A-Rod such a different player when he's focusing on baseball?
Coke-Hughes-Rivera closed the game out with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief with Mariano getting his 25th save. Hughes continued his bullpen dominance with two strikeouts in his inning of work.
With an 0-4 night, Derek Jeter is hitting .321, only 3 points behind David Wright who's at .324. The significance? Whoever has the better batting average at the end of the season will get a $100,000 donation to their charity from Delta Airlines. The loser gets a paltry $50,000 donation. Step it up Jeter.
Swisher let a single from Granderson turn into a triple. Its the kind of mistake in a close game that could cost you. Luckily it didn't. Even still, at .235 on the season, you gotta play the field a little better than that if you don't want to swap with Hinske for the bench.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. Marky T and A-Rod hit solo shots today to help win the game for the Yanks, and to help win the fight for children's health.
Jorge Posada 11hr = $11.00
Hideki Matsui 14hr = $14.00
Derek Jeter 10hr = $10.00
Mark Teixeira 23hr = $23.00
Nick Swisher 14hr = $14.00
Robinson Cano 13hr = $13.00
Johnny Damon 16hr = $16.00
Melky Cabrera 8hr = $8.00
Jose Molina 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 19hr = $19.00
Brett Gardner 3hr = $3.00
Francisco Cervelli 1hr = $1.00
Eric Hinske 3hr = $3.00
Total = $136.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.