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Matsui hears cheers after homer

7/23/2011

Hideki Matsui

Hideki Matsui

#55 DH
Oakland Athletics

2011 STATS

  • GM83
  • HR8

  • RBI44

  • R29

  • OBP.303

  • AVG.224

It isn't often that you hear cheers from the Yankee Stadium crowd after an opposing player goes deep.

But that's exactly what happened after former Yankee Hideki Matsui hit a solo shot in the seventh inning to put the A's up 4-2 on Saturday.

Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, heard a roar from fans in the Bronx while rounding the bases after hitting career homer 501 (combined between Japan and the United States).

Boone Logan, who gave up the homer, said he understood the fans' reaction.

"I know the fans loved him here and he's done a lot for this organization," Logan said. "So at least they weren't booing me."

Logan, the Yankees' left-handed specialist, figured Matsui would be aggressive on the first pitch of the at-bat in the seventh.

Instead of throwing a slider, he decided to deliver a fastball away. But it caught too much of the plate.

"It would have worked if I ended up throwing it down and away. It ended up being down the middle and he took advantage of it," Logan said.

The homer off Logan was the first run allowed by a Yankees reliever since July 16, snapping a 16 2/3-inning scoreless streak.

GOOD PEN-MANSHIP: David Robertson gave up a hit and two walks but ended up tossing a scoreless ninth when he struck out Ryan Sweeney swinging to leave the bases loaded. Robertson has allowed just two earned runs in his past 26 appearances.

SORI STORY: Rafael Soriano will make a rehab appearance Sunday with Triple-A Scranton. He's expected to return to the Yanks during their current 10-game, 11-day homestand. In two rehab outings with Tampa, Soriano combined to allow four hits and three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched.

The Yankees would like Soriano to pitch back-to-back days before he returns to the Bronx.

A .500 TEAM: The Yanks are 5-5 since the All-Star break, and have alternated wins and losses in each of their past six games. They also saw an 11-game winning streak against Oakland come to an end on Saturday.

NICK OF TIME: Nick Swisher hit his second home run in as many days against the A's. He's batting .315 with 10 HRs and 37 RBIs since May 27, when his average was a season-low .204.