It’s gotten to the point of ridiculousness, no? Just when the New York Yankees are getting positive injury news (more on that later), someone else has to go down with an injury. The New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays last night 9-3, but lost Curtis Granderson for at least one month with a broken pinkie knuckle, after he was hit by Cesar Ramos in the top of the fifth. Yankee starter David Phelps was also injured when a comebacker by Ben Zobrist hit him in the right forearm. Thankfully x-rays were negative and it is just a bruise.
The Yankees got the scoring going in the second. Travis Hafner led off with a double. Two batters later, David Adams got an infield hit. Lyle Overbay followed with a double to bring them both home, and Jayson Nix singled to bring in Overbay. The Yankees added to it in the fourth, when Chris Stewart singled, and Brett Gardner followed with his fourth homer of the year.
The Yanks broke the game open in the fifth. With one out, Granderson was hit by the pitch that broke his kunckle. Adams and Overbay followed with singles. Nix walked to bring home Granderson. Stewart followed with a single to bring home a run. Two batters later, Robinson Cano was hit (though replay showed he wasn’t) to make it 8-0.
The Rays rallied for three runs in the sixth. Jose Lobaton and Yunel Escocbar each singled. Matt Joyce doubled to bring home a run. Zobrist’s groundout brought home another. Luke Scott followed with a sac fly to bring in Joyce.
YGY Player Of The Game: Nix
Notes: Ivan Nova was activated off the DL and placed in the bullpen. Dellin Betances was sent down. Look for Brennan Boesch to replace Granderson on the roster. Mark Teixeira will go out on a rehab assignment this week and could rejoin the Yankees next weekend. Kevin Youkilis and Joba Chamberlain may also be back as well next week.