He makes His 1,000th appearance as Yanks take series


Behind a solid outing from Fabulous Freddy and an offensive explosion, the Yanks took the rubber match of their set with the Blue Jays, 7-3.

Garcia (3-4) went 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and no walks. He saw his ERA rise slightly from 3.12 to 3.26, but he did exactly what the Yanks needed him to do.

D-Rob came in and finished off the seventh inning before Joba tossed a one-hit eighth and Mo followed suit in the ninth. It was the 1,000th appearance for Mo, the first player to ever do that with one team. Ironically, it was almost 16 years to the day of His debut (5/23/95).

The bats figured out how to solve a pitcher they have never faced before, as the team roughed up Jo-Jo Reyes for five runs on as many hits in three innings. In the last seven games by starters the Yanks have never seen, those pitchers were 5-1 with a 1.15 ERA; Yankee hitters were batting .142 (21-for-148) over that span. Reyes is now 0-13 in his last 28 starts, tying a record for consecutive win-less streaks set by Oakland’s Matt Keough.

Andruw Jones, although I don’t like how he spells his name, went 3-for-3 with two homers and four RBI. It was his 41st multi-homer game; his last two-homer game and three-hit game both came against the Yanks (5/1/10 and 8/28/10, respectively).

Grandy stayed hot and went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run and an RBI. He was 6 for his last 19 coming in and now has hits in six of his last eight at-bats. NoMaas’ photoshop said it best.

Jeter went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run to move into sole possession of 23rd place on the all-time runs scored list with his 1,713rd run. He’s now 24 hits away from 3,000.

Tex added a two-run homer, while Swish Dog went hitless in three at-bats and is now 0 for his last 13. He’s treading dangerously close to the Mendoza Line at .204.

With the win, Girardi passed Buck Showalter for eighth place on the franchise’s managerial wins list with his 314 triumph.

Random fun fact: on this date in 1935, Babe Ruth hit the final three homers of his illustrious career as a member of the Boston Braves.

The Yanks have tomorrow off before they head to the West coast for nine games — three each against the M’s, A’s and Halos.