Russell Martin’s block of home plate in the sixth inning proved to be one of differences in today’s 4-3 win. With the Yankees holding onto a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning, Brett Gardner made a perfect one-hop throw to plate. Martin caught the ball cleanly, blocked the plate, and absorbed a huge hit from Carlos Pena to end the inning. With the win, the Yankees improve to 40-29 on the season.

Carlos Pena..Meet Russell Martin

Recap

AJ Burnett got the start for the Bombers and labored through 5.1 innings. Burnett gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out eight, but threw only 56% of his pitches (59 of 104) for strikes. Burnett picked up the win, thanks to the Yankee bullpen, improving to 7-5 on the year. The trio of Cory Wade, Hector Noesi, and David Robertson tossed 2.2 innings of hitless ball. Mariano Rivera gave up a solo home run in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters en route to his 17th save.

Offensively, four of the eight Yankee hitters (Granderson, A-Rod, Cano, and Nunez) had multi-hit games. As a team, the Bombers brew ten walks, but left 13 runners on base! The Yanks didn’t hit any homers, marking the third straight game where they haven’t hit a home run.

Key Stats

1,800: A-Rod scored his 1,800th run today, tying Ted Williams for 17th on the all-time list

Huuuughes: Phil Hughes will throw roughly 65 pitches for Single A Staten Island tomorrow.

Welcome, Dante: The Yanks inked first round draft pick, Dante Bichette Jr. today.

What’s Next?

Rubber game tomorrow night on ESPN at 8:05 PM

Sunday, 8:05 PM: CC Sabathia (8-4, 3.28 ERA) vs. Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63 ERA)