These 1o PM EST start time are especially brutal during the week. However, it feels much better when the Yanks jump out to an early lead and cruise to a victory. Curtis Granderson got things started early, smacking a two-run homer in the first (his 17th) off southpaw, Brett Anderson. Granderson has now homered nine times against left handed pitching this season, which leads the majors. Who woudda thought after his well-documented struggles against lefties?! Robinson Cano blasted a two-run bomb of his own in the fifth off of Anderson. Coming into tonight’s game, Anderson had not allowed an extra base hit to a left-handed hitter. Things changed early for him. With the win, the Yanks have now won three in a row and improve to 30-23 on the season.

Recap

Teix stole home in the sixth inning, which is pretty cool. A-Rod got hung up between first and second base, allowing Teixeira to dash home. Jackson made a terrible throw to the plate, but a SB is a SB. A-Rod did have three hits and drove in three. Grandy had three, Jeter had two while Nick Swisher had a rough game. Despite his double in the second inning, he was caught stealing home on an errant Brett Gardner squeeze attempt in the fourth inning. (Still trying to figure it out), got doubled off first base in the second inning, and misplayed a ball off the wall in the third.

Freddy Garcia was good, not great, giving the Yankees seven innings of three-run ball. The A’s only mustered three runs off of Garcia who allowed two walks and nine hits, four of which were extra base hits. It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take starts like this every time.

Key Stats

16: Derek Jeter only need 16 more hits for 3,000.

June 19: In 2009 when Granderson hit 30 homers, he didn’t hit 17th until June 19th.

41: Granderson’s RBI total after adding four more tonight. His career high is 74.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will look for the sweep. Time to send Good AJ out to the mound.

Wednesday, 3:35 PM: AJ Burnett (5-3, 3.99 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (5-2, 2.17 ERA)