With the Red Sox safely in another country, the Yankee bats come alive

Just about every Yankee got a hit in the Boogie Down in Friday’s 11-7 clobbering of the Cleveland Indians. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada had three hits apiece. Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson hit home runs that may not have landed yet. (A-Rod hit his bomb into the left field bleachers, right next to the sports bar, a shot that ESPN measures at 460 feet!) Mark Teixeira was on base four times and had a three run double. Brett Gardner came a few feet shy of a homer and had to settle for a double. In total the Bombers took a commanding 11-2 lead into the eighth inning. Injuries or not, few bullpens will give that back.

Ivan Nova, meanwhile, pitched well. He lasted seven innings allowing just two runs and four hits on 100 pitches, striking out six and walking just three. Nova normally doesn’t miss many bats. The difference between this and most of his other starts was that he had excellent command of his curveball.… Click here to read the rest

Yankee offense doubles output of first two games combined in beating Indians 8-0

After averaging two runs per in the first two games of this four-game set, the Yankee bats finally came alive in Cleveland, tagging Fausto Carmona for seven earned runs en route to an 8-0 victory. It was the team’s first shutout since CC Sabathia‘s Father’s Day victory over a month ago.

A.J. Burnett had the curveball working, which was a good thing considering Burnett told reporters after the game “When A.J. doesn’t have his curveball, it’s going to be a tough night.” What A.J. failed to mention is why, for $16.5 million a year, he doesn’t have his curveball every time out on the mound.

Ribbing aside, A.J. was very good this game, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball with 7 strikeouts. Believe it or not, A.J. actually has the lowest ERA of the starting rotation in July (2.00, to go with a 3.45 FIP and 4.78 xFIP), so I guess he’s finally back on track after that execrable June.… Click here to read the rest