First things first. Robinson Cano left the game in the ninth inning with a bruised palm. He’s day-to-day. We can all breathe again.
Back to baseball. Curtis Granderson’s fifth inning, three-run home run proved to be the difference as the Yankees won, 5-2. Granderson’s bomb was his eighth on the season. Granderson also had a few dazzling plays in the field, highlighted by a first-inning running grab on a Jose Bautista deep fly ball to center field. The Grandy Man has been delivering sweet things for the first month of the season.
Ivan Nova got the start for the Yankees and gave them another strong outing, tossing 6.1 innings of two-run ball. Nova’s battery mate, Francisco Cervelli made his season debut today as well. In the end, the bullpen was strong once again as the Yankees won this three-game series and improve their record to 16-9.
The player of the game was definitely Granderson. The Grandy Man went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs. Granderson now has eight home runs on the season. Ready for a fun fact?
Granderson didn’t his eighth homer until July 25th last season. Chew on that one for a few minutes.
Ivan Nova picked up his second win of the season, giving the Yankees 6.1 innings. He gave up six hits and walked four, but he did what the Yankees always ask him to do: give them a chance to win and he’s done that in his last two starts.
The bullpen was superb again today. David Robertson and Boone Logan navigated the seventh. Soriano took care of the eighth and Mo put a bow on it for the tenth time this season. Ready for another fun fact?
Rivera didn’t earn his tenth save until May 26th last season. This is a clear representation that the Yankees are playing in closer games this year.
An even more fun fact about today’s game?
The bullpen didn’t give up a hit in three innings.
You all have been spoiled with three fun facts so far, but I’ll give you a few more.
7: Mark Teixeira cranked his seventh home run in the first inning, a solo blast into right center.
3 out of 4: Speedy center fielder Rajai Davis stole three bases in four tries today against Cervelli. Davis led the AL with 50 swipes last year and this was Cervi’s first game of the season so we’ll give him a pass today. No more excuses though.
8: In three at-bats today, Cano only saw eight pitches, going 1 for 3. Adam has been getting on Cano about his walk total (2), but it’s hard to complain when the guy is hitting .320 with eight bombs. Cano has always excelled hitting earlier in the counts too.
The Yankees finish their home stand with a 4-3 record. 5-2 if the White Sox don’t have Brent Lillibridge in right field. Time to head to the Motor City for four against the Tiggers.
Monday, 7:05 PM, YES: Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.77 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (2-3, 3.64 ERA)