NEW YORK—Manager Joe Girardi was not willing to call Tuesday’s eked-out victory the end of a slump at the plate, but the Yankees appeared to be cured of whatever ailed them during Wednesday’s 8-3 win over the Royals.
Girardi spent much of his pregame news conference defending Alex Rodriguez, who suddenly began facing questions about his age in the midst of a power slump.
Yes, Girardi said, Rodriguez can still carry a team with his bat.
Maybe A-Rod’s power isn’t quite all gone yet.
I’d have been happy if Andy Pettitte pitched at the level of a fourth starter after a year off and given his age. So far he’s been a lot better than that. I wouldn’t bet on him maintaining an ERA in the mid 2s all year, but he’s come up big twice for a team that needed it pretty badly.
Derek Jeter’s three hits moved him into a tie for 16th place on the all-time hit list, and he’s now two hits behind George Brett for 15th.