If you tuned in even a little bit late to this game, you missed the biggest fireworks. Alex Rodriguez made like his buddy and teammate Derek Jeter and got his 3,000th career hit in style, smacking an oppo field home run on the first pitch of his first at-bat of the game against Justin Verlander. Verlander tried to throw him an outer half fastball for a gimme strike and A-Rod was looking fastball and ready to swing. Another smart home run from an incredibly smart hitter. The crowd went wild, his teammates mobbed and hugged him, and for the 194th time this season the Yankees had an early lead.
From that point on it was the Adam Warren & Brett Gardner show. Warren had a tough top of the 2nd, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a hit batsman, but he quickly recovered, found his command again, and ended up working a career-high 8 innings without any more runs crossing the plate. He retired 9 in a row after the 2nd, worked out of a few jams when he had to, and struck out 2 in his final inning of work. If this was his last chance to keep himself in the rotation, it would have been hard to do better.
Gardner did most of the heavy offensive lifting after A-Rod's moment. He hit a 2-run homer off Verlander in the 5th to put the Yankees ahead for good, scored a run on a wild pitch in the 7th, and singled home the last insurance run in the 8th. 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI. Guess he's not slowing down after all.
- 7 Ks to no walks for Warren. How about that?
- Mason Williams went 1-2 with a run scored but left the game after jamming his shoulder sliding back to a base in the middle of the game. Doesn't sound serious, but he might sit out a few days. He's had shoulder problems before.
- Didi Gregorius hit his 3rd home run of the year in the bottom of the 2nd to tie the game.
- If you're a Carlos Beltran hater, you should know that he was the only Yankee to not get a hit last night.