McCann ties career high with four hits


NEW YORK -- Brian McCann is trying to salvage something of his first Yankee season. He knows he has been less than advertised. So as the New York Yankees try to sneak into the postseason, he is holding out hope that he and his teammates can make a miracle run.

"I know there is a month left and we are fighting for a playoff spot," McCann said after he tied a career high with four hits, including a two-run home run and three RBIs, in a 5-1 Yankees'win over the Red Sox that snapped their three-game losing streak. "Stats are out the window at this point. It hasn't been the season offensively that I had hoped for, but at the same time we have a month to win games."

McCann has homered in each of his last three games in the Bronx to give him 17 on the year. Even with the right-field porch, it is pretty amazing that 15 of his 17 long balls have come at Yankee Stadium.

"Obviously, the short porch in right helps," McCann said. "To have so many at home and not many on the road, it is strange."

McCann is only hitting .244 on the year, which is nearly 30 points below his career batting average. He hasn't figured out if it is the transition to the Bronx, the allure of the long ball or just a coincidence for his average dipping. One thing is for sure: All the shifting by opponents hasn't helped.

"That shift, it looks like there are 12 guys out there," McCann said.

It didn't hurt him on Wednesday as he picked up four hits for the 11th time in his career.