Tuesday, August 31, 2010
NEW YORK—Mark Teixeira crushed a three-run homer and Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson also went deep, leading the Yankees to a 9-3 pounding of the Athletics on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
By virtue of the Rays’ loss to the Blue Jays, the Yankees enter September with sole possession of first place in the American League East.
Teixeira cracked the game open with his fourth-inning shot off A’s starter Vin Mazzaro, reaching the second deck of right-field seats for his 30th home run of the season and second in as many games.
With the blast, Teixeira became just the sixth Yankees player all-time to hit at least 30 homers in each of his first two seasons after joining the club, a feat also accomplished by Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield.
I’d suggest the Yankees rent in first place and not buy, because they’ll be out of first by Thursday.
That being said, the next time someone tells you that Brian Cashman is a horrible GM who only appears competent because of his payroll advantage, remind them that he turned the tattered remains of what used to be Scott Proctor’s right arm into Nick Swisher.
Hughes was meh, but he’s also now cracked his prior career high for IP in a season, so I’d expect him to struggle a bit now.
In unrelated news, Aroldis Chapman has hit 103 mph twice in his first inning in MLB. Let’s ignore the fact that he signed for about the same cost that the Yankees paid for Kei Igawa, and just be happy that the fans of a team that’s not considered a large market team get to enjoy having a top talent pitching for them.
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