Doing something positive 500 times in baseball will put you in elite company (home runs, wins etc). For Joe Girardi, last night’s 11-6 win over the Kansas City Royals gave the skipper his 500th win as manager. He joined Billy Martin, Joe Torre, Ralph Houk, Casey Stengel, Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy in the club, in only his 844th game as Yankee manager.
The Yankees got the scoring started in the second when Ichiro Suzuki and Lyle Overbay each hit two, two-run homers to make it 4-0. The Royals came right back in the bottom half of the inning when Jarrod Dyson hit his first homer of the year to make it 4-3. In the fourth, Jayson Nix walked and scored on Overbay’s double to make it 5-3. The Royals tied in the fifth, when Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar reached on singles, and Alex Gordon brought them home with a double.
The Yanks broke the game open in the sixth. Ichiro doubled and Nix singled to knock Wade Davis out of the game. Bruce Chen didn’t help the Royals cause on this night. Overbay doubled and Chris Nelson each follwed with a single. Two batters later, Brett Gardner tripled in Chris Stewart. Robinson Cano followed with a single to drive in Gardner to make it 10-5.
Mike Moutsakas homered to make it 11-6 in the bottom half of the sixth. Overbay got his fifth RBI of the game in the ninth when drove in Ichiro.
YGY Player Of The Game: Overbay
Notes: The Yankees bullpen hasn’t allowed a run all road trip. The Yankees put a NO-MO sign at the spot on the warning track where Mariano Rivera tore his ACL last season. Joba Chamberlain threw a bullpen seession that he described as awesome yesterday. He’ll throw again on Sunday and if he’s okay will go on a rehab assignment.