The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays tonight by a score of 4-0. Curtis Granderson smashed his 26th home run on the season, giving the Yankees all the run support they would need. The four-headed monster of Freddy Garcia, Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera got the shutout for the Yankees as they move a game closer to knocking the Rays out of the playoff race for good. With the victory, the Yanks are now 57-38.

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Instead of harping on the sluggish offense that the Yankees have had recently, let’s focus on a positive from tonight’s game – the pitching performance by Freddy Garcia, who made it 6.2 innings without allowing a run or a walk. He did (kinda) get hit around, but he stranded nine Rays on base. He clearly turned it on when it mattered the most.

Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera pieced together the final 2.1 innings in spectacular fashion. The trio struck out five of the seven batters they faced as they closed out the game perfectly. Garcia and Robertson even helped Matt Joyce try on the golden sombrero.

…Back to the inept offense. Granted, after seeing what happened the last time the Yankees faced off against David Price, I guess we shouldn’t have thought it was going to be an easy game. Curtis Granderson gave Garcia the only offense he would need, hitting a two-run homer in the first, his 26th on the year. I’m glad Curtis got this hit – One, it provided the Yanks enough runs to win, and two, it makes up for the visual error in last night’s game. Good for you, Curtis.

Stats and Happenings

500: Between his time in Japan and the States, former Yankee Hideki Matsui hit his 500th career home run this evening. Quite the accomplishment, and you can only wonder how many he would have had if the latter half of his career wasn’t tripped up by injuries.

14/23: In the seven games since the All-Star break, Brett Gardner is batting .609 with a hit in each game and seven stolen bases. What?

11: Granderson’s home run was his 11th of the year against left-handed pitching, by far the most in the bigs.

What’s Next?

The Yanks go for the series win tomorrow night at the Trop. CC is pitching, so if you have other plans, you might as well to them, because you know CC isn’t gonna take a loss.

7:05 PM, YES. CC Sabathia (14-4, 2.64 ERA) vs. James Shields (8-8, 2.60 ERA)