Alex Rodriguez crushed two monster home runs tonight, one of which was a third inning Grand Slam. CC Sabathia went 7 2/3 innings while recording a season-high ten strikeouts and his 11th victory of the season. The big man gave up only one earned run, lowering his ERA to 3.19. The Yankees picked up their league-leading 52nd win tonight by a final score of 6-1.

'I don't need this trashy bat'-AP

Initial Reaction:

Seems like A-Rod takes over when CC is on the mound. In addition to flashing some nice glove work, Rodriguez accounted for five of the six Yankee runs. A-Rod has now hit three grand slams this season. His 21 career slams are tied for second place on the all-time list.

What else can we say about CC Sabathia? He has won his last seven starts and has made it look pretty easy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the guy is worth every single penny.

Positives From The Game:

Covering Ground: We all know Mark Teixeira is great defensively. However, Teix showed off the wheels tonight. The Oakland Coliseum is notorious for its spacious foul grounds. On multiple occasions tonight, Teixeira ran 50-60 feet into foul ground to track down pop ups.

Stellar Sabathia: Oakland hitters just didn’t have a chance tonight. Sabathia has now given up only four runs over his last 32 innings.

Trevor Trounced!: On Sunday, Oakland starter Trevor Cahill was named to the All-Star team. Cahill has pitched very well this season (2.74 ERA) entering tonight. However, the Yankees touched the young right up for six earned runs over six innings.

Negatives From The Game:

All-Star Swish: After falling behind Kevin Youkilis in the ‘Final Vote’, Swish didn’t exactly woo any voters tonight. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Swisher will need a big game tomorrow in order to get some last minute votes before Thursday’s deadline.

No Mo?: Mariano Rivera announced before the game tonight that he will not pitch in the All-Star game. Rivera wants to nurse some injuries and heal up for the second half. Some Yankee fans are outraged, but whatever. It’s the All-Star game. Leave Mo alone.

Interesting Facts:

596, 597: Alex Rodriguez moved within three home runs of the exclusive 600 home run club.

21: Rodriguez’s third inning grand slam was the 21st of his career. He is tied with Manny Ramirez for second place on the All-Time list.

What’s Next?:

AJ Burnett will look to build off his last strong outing as the Yanks looks for the sweep!

Wednesday, 10:10 PM, YES: AJ Burnett (6-7, 4.60 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (7-5, 3.50 ERA)

Last Start:
Burnett: ND, 6 2/3 innings, no runs, six strikeouts (vs. Toronto)
Gonzalez: Win, 6 2/3 innings, no runs, six strikeouts (at Cleveland)

Career Stats:
Burnett: 2-3, 4.00 ERA (seven starts)
Gonzalez: 1-1, 4.91 ERA (two starts)

**Gonzalez has not lost at home since May 7th