If I’ve done my math right, Robinson Cano is now the first left-handed Yankees batter, age 22 or younger, to have 10 or more HRs in a season since 1963 (when Joe Pepitone did it). Funny, I would have thought that it happened more often.
There’s something about tonight that’s bothering me. Once the lead became 4 runs, was it necessary to have Rivera come out for the 9th inning? I’m sure there’s good cases to be made both ways on this one.
Of course, because of the slam, Cano will get the headlines on this one. But, the clutch hit tonight belonged to Alex “Total Paquete” Rodriguez. It was his 2-run bomb that won the game.
And, let us not lose Aaron Small in this story. One hanger to Hall and a couple of ground ball hits before Gomes went catwalk. That was the damage tonight. Mussina who?
The sweep of the Devil Rays was a big step. This allows the Yankees to have one game lost in each of their next five series and still probably win the A.L. East. It’s looking more and more doable these days.
Lastly, thank you Oakland. The Yankees magic number is 19. Any combination of Boston losses and Yankees wins that equal 19 means the Yankees will win the A.L. East.
And, if the Yankees make the post-season, and the last roster spot is between Womack, Lawton and Crosby, Bubba better be on the team.