5-4 victory over the Rays tonight with the help of game-tying homers by Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher as well as a game-winning homer by Robinson Cano in the ninth.
Best of All: A HUGE win to hold onto sole possession of first place in the AL East. This game had a little Yankees-Red Sox intensity too. Just a well-played, exciting game to watch.
Cano was quite a sight tonight, slugging two doubles and a homer. If he starts getting hotter than he already has been all year, it’s trouble for AL pitchers.
David Robertson gets a big shout out from me as well tonight. He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, ending it with a devastating breaking ball to who else but Matt Joyce, the Ray who hit the game-winning homer Friday night and the would-be game-winner in the sixth tonight.
As far as I’m concerned, D-Rob is the eighth inning guy ahead of Joba Chamberlain AND newly acquired Kerry Wood until he shows ineffectiveness.
Worst of All: Alex Rodriguez didn’t hit No. 600 and Lance Berkman had a rough, 0-for-4 start to his Yankee career. That is all.
Coming Up: The rubber match is set for Sunday afternoon with CC Sabathia on the mound.
July 31, 2010
Cano powers Yankees to 5-4 win over Rays
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