What it means: CC Sabathia gets his first win of the season. It is weird it has taken Sabathia this long, but it wasn't his fault. He entered with a 2.52 ERA. Sabathia was dealing on Saturday. He didn't allow a base runner until a Derek Lee two-out single in the fourth. With the Yankees up six runs in the seventh, Sabathia gave up a garbage time three-run homer to Adam Jones. Still, overall, Sabathia was very sharp.
Homer Haven: It may be easier to list who didn't hit homers. Alex Rodriguez nailed a grand slam in the eighth and had six RBIs. It was his 22nd of his career, just one behind Lou Gehrig, who holds the all time record. His six RBIs gives him 1,847 for his career, moving him past Carl Yastrzemski on he all-time list. A-Rod is now in 10th.
And he did it all despite the fact he ate bad Chinese food with his girl, Cameron.
Russell Martin went deep twice and now has more home runs (6 in his first 54 at-bats) than he did all of last season (5 in 331 at-bats). The Orioles got very mad about this. More on that below.
Jorge Posada, who has struggled getting hits, continues to go deep. Posada nailed his sixth homer of the year. He only has nine hits. Even Brett Gardner went yard, hitting a two-run shot in the ninth, following Martin being hit in the upper back.
Mad Bombers: Josh Rupe hit Martin in the upper back in the ninth. The pitches surely was intentional, though I'm sure Rupe -- as is the custom -- will say it wasn't. A.J. Burnett was at the top step of the dugout, yelling at Rupe. The Yankees are likely mad about how high the pitch was. Check back to the blog in a little bit for more. I'll probably start with that when I come upstairs after talking to the players.
Anyway, the Yankees got the best revenge they could as the next batter, Gardner, of all people, hit a two-run shot. That's embarrassing for Rupe.
Jeter Meter: While all his buddies were going yard, Derek Jeter kept hitting the ball into the ground. He went 1-for-4. Besides his leadoff single to right, a classic Jeter blooper that fell in, Jeter did not get the ball out of the infield. His average is at .221. He is 59 hits shy of 3,000. He is not going at too brisk of a pace.
What's Next: The Yankees close out this rain-shortened two-game series with Orioles at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Freddy Garcia (1-0, 1.29 ERA) will make his second start for the Yankees. He will be opposed by Jake Arrieta (2-1, 5.06). Will they have retaliation on their mind on Easter?
Question of the Day: Do you think the Yankees should retaliate?