Saturday, June 11, 2011
The Yankees snapped their three-game losing streak with an 11-7 victory over the Indians on Friday night, and have now won seven of their last 11 games.
• The Yankees stole a season-high five bases, which marked their most swipes in a game since Sept. 25, 2009 versus Boston, when they had seven.
• Alex Rodriguez hit his 12th home run of the season and 625th of his career in the fourth inning to the left of the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, clearing the 22-foot tall roll-up door that sits 25 feet behind the outfield wall. It was his third home run in his last six games.
• Derek Jeter's seventh-inning double gave him 2,991 hits for his career. He's now nine hits away from becoming the 28th member of baseball's 3,000-hit club.
"It's unfortunate it only counted for one run," Rodriguez said of his majestic blast, which traveled by our estimates approximately 450-465 feet.
A-Rod is now five homers away from tying Ken Griffey Jr. on the all-time list.
• Curtis Granderson homered for the second straight game, collecting his team-leading 19th blast of the year. He did not hit his 19th dinger last season until game No. 123.
• Jorge Posada collected his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 10-for-16 (.625) over the four-game stretch. He also matched his season-high with four hits. Posada is currently hitting .215, impressive considering he was under the Mendoza Line for much of the year.
• Right-hander Kevin Whelan made his Major League debut, but wound up walking four of the six batters he faced and drawing the ire of the Yankee Stadium crowd.
Joe Girardi pulled Whelan out of the game, but made sure to tell him not to worry about it and that he wasn't "judging him" on that performance. Whelan had walked just six batters in 27 innings pitched at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
• The two teams combined for 16 walks. The Yankees had eight of them, which matched their season-high (fourth time).