Robbie Cano went 3-for-4 with two doubles and the go-ahead solo shot in the ninth inning as the Yanks bested the Rays 5-4 to regain their two-game lead in the division.
The two two-baggers gave Cano 30 for the season, which ties him with Thurman Munson (229) on the franchise list. During his five-game hitting streak, Cano is 9-for-21 (.429) with seven extra-base hits but just three homers with three RBI.
Swish Dog (20) and Tex both went yard as well, and Cano is now tied with Marky Mark for the team lead in dingies (21). It’s the sixth straight season of 20 homers for Swish. The Yanks hit three homers in a game for the 10th time in 2010, tying a season high, and are 9-1 when doing so. The Yanks had six hits, none of them were singles.
Alex Rodriguez is still stuck at 599 home runs — it’s been 37 at-bats — but he did draw a walk and score on Saturday. A-Rod:
With the way I’m swinging now, it’s going to be a while. So everyone get comfortable.
Javy didn’t get the win but had a decent outing, going 6 1/3 innings while surrendering four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts to one walk. The bullpen held it down from there, as Boom Boom Boone retired the final two batters in the seventh, D-Rob (2-3) worked a perfect eighth with two strikeouts and Mo did his thing in the ninth for his 22nd save of the year. Fun facts: Mo has given up four non-inherited runs all season and three of them came in the span of five days. Outside of those five days, he has a 0.25 ERA and a 0.509 WHIP. His ERA+ is 428. Did I mention he’s 40 years old?
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In addition to Berkman (who went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his debut) and Kearns, the Yanks also got reliever Kerry Wood before the trade deadline. He didn’t make it to the game and might not make it in time for Sunday’s tilt, but he will definitely be ready for Monday’s showdown with the Blue Jays.
It’s CC vs. Shields in the rubber match on Sunday at 1:40.
LET’S GO YANKS!!!!!!!