WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees made up for last year's ALCS loss. Just kidding, but they did give a beatdown to the Rangers, crushing them from the start Tuesday night. The Jeter-less Yankees were pretty impressive.
EDDY PIPP? Filling in for Jeter, Eduardo Nunez looked very good. Nunez finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. No shortstop controversy yet, but a quality start to playing everyday for Nunez. Especially because he had no errors.
JOY OF SIX: The Yankees blew this game open early, scoring six in the second off the previously unbeaten Alexi Ogando. They turned Ogando into O-gone-d'oh (Does that work?) as he didn't even last through the second. Anyway, they scored all six runs without a home run. How do you like that?
The hot-hitting Jorge Posada and Mark Teixeira each had doubles as the Yankees batted around and had six hits.
HOME RUN IS WHERE THE HEART IS: The Yankes still hit some homers. Curtis Granderson's two-run homer in the sixth was his 21st, tying him for the major-league lead. Nick Swisher went yard in the third. The solo shot was his sixth. In the sixth, Robinson Cano also added a solo shot. It was his 13th.
CC HANDED W: CC Sabathia was not his normal self, but pitching with a lead all night he went seven innings and gave up four runs. It was good enough for Sabathia to go to 8-4. That was all he was trying to do. CC knows when he has a lead and how to pitch ahead.
JETER METER: Check back in two weeks. Jeter is due to come off the DL on June 29th against Milwaukee. If all goes as planned, he will have two shots to get his six hits at home. Then he will have three games at Citi Field. If he doesn't do it by then, it is July 4th in Cleveland and it will be about how Jeter did it in the Boss' old hometown. Of course, Jeter has to have a successful recovery from his calf injury.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Yankees face the Rangers in the second game of this series. Ivan Nova (5-4, 4.30 ERA) vs. Derek Holland (5-1, 4.41 ERA).
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: If Jeter can't break the record at Yankee Stadium, would Citi Field be your next choice?