The Yankees rode a 5-run seventh to an 8-3 victory Sunday afternoon at the Stadium. New York finished the homestand 4-2 and heads off to Baltimore for a three game series.
Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit home runs for the Bombers, Damon’s was a two-run shot in the third; Teixeira’s was a three-run shot in the seventh. Teixeira had 4 RBI in the game, putting his AL-leading total to 101 on the season.
Derek Jeter was 2-3 this afternoon, and he raised his BA during the 6-game homestead to .335. Jeter has been a catalyst to many of the Yankee wins this season and is making a good argument for AL MVP with his play this month. Jeter has hit .374 with a .392 OBP. He has meant more to his team than any other player, save Joe Mauer.
Joba Chamberlain pitched 3 innings, allowing two runs on 4 hits. He was pulled after throwing 35 pitches, 23 for strikes. Joba looked decent on the mound and despite his low pitch count, Joe Girardi had a predetermined limit for Joba of 3 innings.
Alfredo Aceves came on in relief and pitched three scoreless innings. Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Phil Hughes and Phil Coke then finished out the game, allowing only one run on a solo home run by Jermaine Dye.
The Yankees outscored the White Sox 23-5 during the three game series and the sweep preserved their 6-game lead over Boston who swept Toronto over the weekend. The Yankees will face only the AL East for more then two weeks straight. Freaky…