For someone who had a tear in his wrist, Mark Teixeira looks pretty good with a bat in his hands right now. The Yankees needed a big bat in the middle of the order to help their struggling offense and Tex’s return has come at just the right time. His homer in the fourth provided just enough offense, as David Phelps allowed just one hit over six as the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3.
All the Yankees offense came in the third inning of Scott Kazmir. Lyle Overbay led off the inning with a double. Chris Stewart singled which advanced Overbay to third, however, Stewart was caught going between first and second. Ichiro Suzuki followed with a single to bring home Overbay. Jayson Nix then followed with a single of his own. Up came Teixeira who hit his second homer of the year.
The Indians got all their runs in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain. Carlos Santana led off with a walk. With two out, Mike Aviles singled. Drew Stubbs followed with his fourth homer of the year to make it 4-3.
YGY Player Of The Game: Tex and Phelps
Notes: A big story broke during the game. Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis, is cooperating with the MLB investigation. That means they will proceed in trying to suspend players linked to the clinic. That’s right, it means Alex Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli could get suspended in the not too distant future. Ichiro’s RBI single tied him with Ted Williams for 72nd all time. Michael Pineda will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday. Eduardo Nunez had another setback in his rehab from injury.