Friday, July 4, 2014


Masahiro Tanaka on the mound can usually mean the Yankees get a win.  Lately though, and after a 5 game losing streak, no one can be sure.

Tanaka was great tonight though and thank God. 7 innings, giving up 9 hits and 4 runs.  The best part, he kept the Yankees in the game so we could score a few ourselves.  We were able to beat up on Phil Hughes a bit tonight. 

2 hits each tonight for Mark Teixeira, Ichiro Suzuki and newly called up Zelous Wheeler. 3 RBIs tonight by Carlos Beltran.  In fact, the run scoring went like this:

In the 5th inning, Beltran hit a 3 run homer. Shortly after that, Wheeler cranked one out. It was a solo shot.  In the 7th, Brendan Ryan doubled knocking in Ichiro. Then, Brett Gardner singled knocking in 1.  That was quickly followed by Derek Jeter grounding into a force, and in the process... Ryan scored.

The Yankees made things happen tonight, with pitching and with their bats.  They even made a smart move bringing up Wheeler.  Sadly, they designated Dean Anna for assignment, and I do NOT like that move for a few reasons, but the biggest one is this; energy.  Anna was a spark plug while he was up with the Yanks.  No, he didn't dominate and wasn't as hot as a Yangervis Solarte early on, but he had a youthful energy that I appreciated.  He made it. He knew he finally made the big club and wanted to shine.  I root for the underdog... and I rooted for Anna. Now, with Wheeler up, I will root for him as well.  Bottom line, the Yankees have a bunch of veterans that aren't doing their jobs... I like the energy of youth sometimes... it makes it exciting. It can even bring you wins.

Big win today. Let's keep going Yanks!

Final: Yankees 7 - Twins 4

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