Yankees slug their way back into sole possession of 1st

The Yankees opened up with a 7-0 lead behind homers from Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, and Alex Rodriguez as they went on to beat the Orioles 8-5 in Baltimore to regain sole possession of first place in the AL East.

Martin has been on a tear these past four games. It’s good to see, but let’s not get our hopes up (it would be amazing if he turned it around though). A-Rod has an 11 game hitting streak going back to July 19.┬áSince coming back he’s hit .300/.333/.550 in five games.

Phil Hughes pitched pretty well for five innings then seemed to tire in the sixth as he began leaving pitches up in the zone. Adam Jones victimized him for a three-run homer, but then he settled down again. He has now thrown 167.2 innings after throwing just 74.2 last season so it could be that he’s getting a bit tired.

It was also good to see Boone Logan and David Robertson rebound. Both had good outings tonight.

Mark Teixeira didn’t play again today, but he told Joe Girardi before the game that he was ready to go. Girardi decided to give him one more day and said he could play tomorrow.

Back in first place!

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2 Responses to Yankees slug their way back into sole possession of 1st

  1. Matt_DC says:

    Hopefully Robertson and Logan are consistent moving forward, and someone else in the pen steps up. A win is a win but looking at the Rays box score (bullpen 5 innings one hit, 8 K) brought me back to earth.

  2. Keena says:

    I like Steve Pearce, he needs to play more.

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