The Yankees offense doesn’t always click, but when it does, the ball leaves the yard. Guess who leads the AL in in home runs? That’s right, it’s the Yankees. Granted it’s very early, but it’s a good sign that the team is still putting the ball over the fence without guys like Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira. They had the long ball working tonight in their win tonight over the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4.
The Yankees got it started right away when Robinson Cano, two batters in, doubled. Kevin Youkilis got hit by a pitch. Travis Hafner brought home Cano with a double of his own and Veron Wells brought in Youk with a groundout. The Blue Jays cut it to 2-1 when Rajai Davis tripled and Melky Cabrera drove him in with a groundout.
Hafner brought out the home run stick in the third, hitting his fifth of the year. Wells singled and Ichiro Suzuki hit his first double of the year. Eduardo Nunez followed with a sac fly that allowed two runs to score when Colby Rasums commited an error.
The Yankees really broke it open when Lyle Overbay (!) hit his second homer of the year. Francisco Cervelli followed with a ground rule double to knock Brandon Morrow out of the game. Brett Cecil was greeted rudely by Brett Gardner who tripled in Cervelli. Cano brought home Gardner with a groundout. Jose Bautista answered in the bottom half with his fourth homer following a Cabrera single to make it 8-3.
YGY Player Of The Game: Hafner and Wells
Notes: Teixeira has begun swinging a light fungo bat as he increases his rehab. Chien-Ming Wang will make his first start in AAA tomorrow.