Quite a lot happened in the Yankee Universe this weekend. From Derek Jeter further cementing his place in history, to Hideki Matsui getting his knee drained. The Yankees took 3-4 from Seattle to start their 10 game road trip 3-1. A face-off with Oakland looms, a team the Yankees have disposed of 5 times in 6 chances this season.
Boston lost 2 of 3 against Texas, ending the weekend 7.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and .5 games behind Texas for the wildcard. They have the day off Monday before facing Toronto, a team they are only 5-4 against this season.
Captain Derek Jeter hit another career milestone Sunday, hitting his 2,674th hit as a shortstop, passing Luis Aparicio for career hits by a shortstop. In true Jeter fashion, the hit was an RBI double that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead against the Mariners.
It won’t be long before he makes history again – Jeter sits in second place all-time in Yankees hits, only 33 behind the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig. Including 13 hits as a DH, Jeter has 2,688.
Hideki Matsui had his knee drained on Saturday and was expected to miss Sunday’s game, but has been kept out of the lineup today. No word on when he will return to the lineup; he’s listed as day-to-day. Matsui has not played the field this season due to his knee issues, but the complications of years of knee issues have resulted in at least two knee-drains this season. Hopefully, this should keep him fresh through the postseason. Matsui is one of the most clutch hitters in the lineup.
Robinson Cano hit in all four games against Seattle to push his hitting-streak to 14 games. During that time, he has increased his BA to .321. Cano has been one of the most consistent hitters for the Yankees this season.
The Yankees are 11-3 in August, taking 4 of 5 from Toronto, sweeping 4 straight against Boston, and winning 3 of 4 in Seattle. Oakland is the site of their next three games, the A’s being a team that the Yankees seemingly have had little trouble against this season. After a relatively easy series in Oakland, the Yankees have a day off before traveling to Boston for a three-game series at Fenway.
Oh, and Jorge Posada celebrates his 38th birthday Monday. He will be in the lineup.