Another day, another win… yeah, I’m liking this pattern.
It was Adam Warren’s turn to start for the Yankees for the middle game in this series against the Royals. And Warren looked awfully sharp tonight, continuing whatever Eovaldi started yesterday, the switch turned on for a return to good pitching, defense, and hitting. Warren’s 88 pitches took him 6.1 innings, giving up just 2 hits, 1 run, and no walks, while striking out 5 Kansas City batters. That lone run was a 6th inning solo home run.
After turning the game over to Wilson to finish the 7th, despite not being in a save situation, the Dynamic Duo were summoned for the 8th and 9th innings — Betances getting his 3 outs with 3 beautiful strikeouts, and Miller putting 2 runners on base and still getting out of the game unscathed. Yes, tonight, pitching was just really good tonight from the Yankees.
And they had that run-support once again. In the 1st inning, after 2 quick strike outs and Alex Rodriguez on base with a walk, Mark Teixeira hit his 14th home run of the season, a 2-run home run into the Royals’ bullpen to give the Yankees an early lead. (Does anyone else think he’s easily in the lead for a Silver Slugger this year?) Then in the 5th, with 1 out, Young and Rodriguez were on the corners with singles and then both scored on Teixeira’s double. Teixeira ended up at 3rd on a fielding error and then scored on Chase Headley’s sacrifice fly.
Final score: 5-1 Yankees.
On March 2, Richard Albero touched home plate at Steinbrenner Field to embark on his 86-day journey from “Tampa to the Bronx” (as his neon shirt read). And before tonight’s game, Albero touched home plate at Yankee Stadium after walking 1,150 miles up the Eastern Seaboard. Albero, a retired teacher and big Yankees fan, used his walk as a time to raise money (almost $27,000) for the Wounded Warriors Project and in honor of his nephew Gary, who died on 9/11. Along the way, he was helped by members of the WWP, including 6 veterans who walked with him the last leg into the Stadium. Albero also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
And MLB released the partial results of the voting for the All-Star Game so far (voting is still open until July 2). And it doesn’t look good for the Yankees, but the Royals, on the other hand, have some rabid fans. Royals players lead half of the starting position players, and in the categories they don’t, they’re in the Top 3. Now, Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Brian McCann are all in the Top 3 for their categories as well but are sorely lagging behind the boys the enthusiastic people of Kansas City seem to love. Literally, they are leading by a million votes in some categories.
Yes, Ellsbury, Gardner, and Beltran are in the running in the outfield categories, but the Yankees voting turnout hasn’t been great so far. So consider this your call to action — go and vote your 35 times and then tell 35 of your friends to vote their 35 times and have them tell 35 of their friends… just vote Yankees and tell others to vote Yankees! These guys are playing like All-Stars again, so they deserve to be represented well in Cincinnati for the Midsummer Classic.